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NEW for 2017 - Human Relations Fund

Beginning in 2017, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) will be accepting applications for the Human Relations Fund (HRF). This fund replaces the Community Event Fund and the Community Impact Fund. The HRC is committed to supporting community-initiated activities that raise awareness on emerging civil-rights issues and problems in Boulder; facilitate interaction, understanding, collaboration and civic participation among diverse communities; and enable members of Boulder’s communities to celebrate events significant to them while they provide learning opportunities to the general population.

The HRC encourages funding requests from nonprofit organizations that address or provide leadership development, youth involvement and collaborations with other groups to promote inclusivity and respect for diversity.

Awards are made quarterly with deadlines in January, April, July and October. Only events that occur during the calendar year of their HRF funding will be considered.

Please note: For 2017, the Human Relations Commission will open one more funding round with the deadline of Nov. 3. To apply, please complete and submit the following application: 

Human Relations Fund Guidelines and Application pdf

For more information about the Human Relations Fund, please contact Carmen Atilano at [email protected] or 303-441-3141. Please email applications to [email protected] or mail to Human Relations Fund, Community Relations Department of Human Services, City of Boulder, PO BOX 791, Boulder, CO 80306.


The City of Boulder Human Relations Commission seeks proposals from organizations to participate in the:

  • 2017 Celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week (Oct. 1-7)

  • 2017 Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 9)

  • 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration (Jan. 13, 14 or 15)

Celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week

Celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week 2017 RFP Application pdf

The City of Boulder Human Relations Commission is soliciting proposals from local organizations that would like to participate in the Seventh Annual Celebration of Immigrant Heritage, to be held Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, 2017.

Community groups and organizations are eligible for grants with a maximum amount of $1,500 for each event. Funding priority criteria includes: 

  • Community-initiated event
  • Nonprofit agency/group
  • Free and open to the public
  • Event to be held within Boulder city limits
  • Event to be held during the time period of Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, 2017

Funds must be used for events that honor the experience and contributions of the many immigrants who have shaped the city over many generations and/or that facilitate the successful integration of immigrants into the civic, economic and cultural life of the Boulder community.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. For more information contact Carmen Atilano at [email protected] or call 303-441-3141.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 RFP Application pdf

The City of Boulder Human Relations Commission is soliciting proposals from local organizations that would like to participate in the Second Annual Indigenous Peoples Day, to be held on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Community groups and organizations are eligible for grants with a maximum amount of $1,500 for each event. Funding priority criteria includes: 

  • Community-initiated event
  • Nonprofit agency/group
  • Free and open to the public
  • Event to be held within Boulder city limits
  • Event to be held on Oct. 9, 2017

Funds must be used for events that encourage understanding and appreciation of Indigenous Peoples, their traditions, culture and our shared history in these ancestral lands known as Boulder Valley.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. For more information contact Carmen Atilano at [email protected] or call 303-441-3141.

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017 RFP Application docx

The City of Boulder Human Relations Commission and the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board are soliciting proposals from local organizations that would like to organize an event for the City of Boulder Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Jan. 13, 14 or 15, 2018.

Community groups and organizations are eligible to apply for grants of up to $1,000 for each event. Funds must be used for events that honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and inform the Boulder community about his work.  

Factors to be considered in funding decisions include:

  • Potential to attract and engage an audience; and
  • Potential to extend insight into the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Funding eligibility criteria:

  • Any community group of three or more unrelated Boulder residents may apply; 
  • Event must be held on Jan. 13, 14, or 15, 2018;
  • Event must take place within Boulder city limits;
  • Event must be free and open to the public;
  • Event must include a goal of inclusivity and respect for diversity; and
  • Grantee must participate on a planning committee with other MLK Fund grantees to coordinate location and times of activities.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017. For more information contact Carmen Atilano at [email protected] or call 303-441-3141.


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