Two Years, $2 Million, 136 Organizations

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund Celebrates its Anniversary on Juneteenth with New Grant Funding for Black-led and Serving Nonprofits


Denver, CO. (June 10, 2022) Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund, the first Black-focused community fund in the state, announced $330,000 in new grants to 38 Black-led and serving nonprofits in Metro Denver. With this latest distribution, BRIC has granted more than $2 million to 136 nonprofit organizations since it’s inception on June 19, 2020 – Juneteenth.


BRIC, a fund of The Denver Foundation, was established to address systemic racism and inequities that negatively impact Black communities. Across the country, BRIC has also become a national model and a blueprint for Black-focused community funds, which have been created in states coast to coast including Washington, Alabama, Virginia, Connecticut, and North Carolina.


“As we celebrate Juneteenth and two years of the BRIC Fund supporting Colorado’s Black-led and serving nonprofit organizations, we’re proud to announce our 2022 spring cycle grant recipients,” said LaDawn Sullivan, BRIC Fund director and visionary. “True to our vision, BRIC continues to be a conduit for Black leadership and community support to be invested in shifting Black nonprofits from surviving to thriving and building Black communities—BRIC by BRIC.”


The 2022 spring grant recipients represent diverse community interests, from education, farming, and racial justice advocacy to the arts, technology, and support for people experiencing homelessness. The organizations provide a range of services to Black communities, including access to homeownership, youth to career programs, basic needs and food security, and mental health and healing services.


Grants were awarded after 58 submitted applications were extensively reviewed by the BRIC Advisory Committee, made up of diverse Black community leaders. The BRIC Grants Program priorities are determined by input from Colorado Black community members and feedback from Black-led nonprofit partners and grantees.


Learn more about the 2022 grant recipients below.


BRIC Fund 2022 Spring Cycle Grant Recipients

1. Adolescents Know Your Rights

2. African Chamber of Commerce Colorado

3. African Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF)

4. BPB Floyd

5. Caring & Sharing Community Resources and Transformation Center

6. Center for African American Health

7. Cherishing Life Youth Transformation Services

8. Collaborative Healing Initiative Within Communities (CHIC Denver)

9. Colorado Collective Home Ownership Initiative (CCHOI)

10. Colorado Futuretek Inc

11. Community Outreach Service Center

12. Delta Eta Boule Foundation

13. Denver Justice Project

14. Faith Community Baptist Church

15. Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver

16. FrontLine Farming

17. Hard At Work Kids - Colorado HAWKS

18. IDEA Stages (IDEAs)

19. Innervision

20. Justice Journee

21. Ktone Cares Foundation

22. Metropolitan Diversity & Economic Equity Partners (Metro DEEP)

23. Moyo Nguvu Cultural Arts Center, Inc

24. NAACP Denver

25. Park Hill Pirates Youth Sports Organization

26. Phenom Phoundation

27. QueenShipp

28. Shop Talk Live, Inc.

29. Sims-Fayola Foundation

30. SOAR - Seeing Our Adolescents Rise

31. STOP COVAD (Crime of Violence and Discrimination)

32. Street Fraternity

33. Struggle of Love Foundation

34. The Center for Trauma & Resilience

35. The JEKL Institute

36. The Owl Club of Denver

37. Urban Symbiosis

38. Youth Empowerment Agency


Organizations interested in applying for BRIC’s next round of funding can find the grant requirements and application portal online at www.bricfund.org. The next BRIC grant cycle will open September 6, 2022, and close on October 18, 2022, at 5 p.m.


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About Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund is the first Black-focused community fund established in Colorado, explicitly providing financial resources and support to Black-led and serving organizations. Established on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020), BRIC is more than a fund; it’s a movement to address systemic racism and inequities that negatively impact Black communities throughout the seven-county Metro Denver area and beyond. Through BRIC, organizations can leverage community assets, build capacity, and secure emergency relief resources during times of crisis. Together with diverse donors, emerging philanthropists, community networks, partners, and national peers, BRIC provides valuable resources and programs that strive to dismantle systemic racism while reinforcing the resilience and sustained growth of Black-led and serving organizations and their work in community - BRIC by BRIC. For more information about BRIC, please visit www.bricfund.org.


The Denver Foundation

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation that inspires people and mobilizes resources to improve life in Metro Denver. In 2021, the foundation and its donors awarded $115 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three roles: stewarding an endowment to meet current and future needs for Metro Denver, working with community leaders to address the core challenges that face the community and managing more than 1,000 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families and businesses. To learn more about The Denver Foundation, visit www.denverfoundation.org.


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