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How to Apply for Funding From the Human Services Fund

The City of Boulder's Human Services Fund (HSF) provides approximately $2 million to community agencies delivering services in support of the Housing and Human Services Master Plan to residents of the city of Boulder.  Awards are made yearly through a competitive joint application process in collaboration with the City of Longmont and Boulder County.


All agencies and organizations -- public or private, for profit or not-for-profit, governmental or non-governmental -- are eligible to receive Human Services Funding, but agencies and/or organizations must be legal entities which serve, or propose to serve, Boulder city residents. The HSF is interested in supporting a wide variety of organizations, including minority-focused and grassroots agencies.

Generally, the HSF does not provide seed or start-up funding:  agencies or organizations must show that they have an established budget and program which has successfully met goals.  Proposed programs must fall under one of four impact areas:  

  • preparing low-income and at-risk children and youth for success;
  • improving economic well-being, independence and self-reliance for adults;
  • meeting basic needs for individuals and families; and
  • building a safer community.

Program goals must be consistent with the outcomes and indicators for each impact area.

Application Process

All applicants must submit proposals online using the City's grant management sytem, e-CImpact, which is a joint application shared with the City of Longmont and Boulder County.  Using this application, agencies or organizations may apply to more than one funder and/or more than one impact area per funder, but individual programs can only apply for ONE impact area per funder.

Review and Funding Process

All proposals are reviewed and considered by the HSF Advisory Committee. The review process concludes by December prior to the funding year, and contracts are executed in January of the funding year.

Funded agencies or organizations enter into a contract process with the City of Boulder that includes goal-setting based on predetermined outcomes and indicators pertaining to the HSF's impact areas.  Agencies or organizations report twice a year on outputs and outcomes.  Awards are made in two payments, one upon contract execution and a second upon receipt and review of the midyear report.

The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive informalities and irregularities in proposals received, and to accept any portion of any proposal or all items proposed if deemed in the best interests of the City.

The Next Funding Round

Please check back in late spring of 2014 for more information regarding the 2015 fund round.

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