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About the Human Services Fund

The City of Boulder's Human Services Fund (HSF) provides approximately $2.5 million annually to community agencies providing services to Boulder residents in support of the Human Services Strategy. Awards are made through a competitive process based on alignment with City of Boulder priorities and goals.

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COVID-19 Investments Update

Thank you to all of our Human Services Fund grantees and community partners who are helping provide critical services to our community members with the greatest needs, during the COVID-19 crisis. We see you, we hear you, we appreciate you and we are here to help.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 citywide revenue impacts, the city will not be releasing a Request for Proposals for single- or multi-year grants in 2021, and is not accepting unsolicited applications or funding requests. Instead, the city will continue to work with 2020 HSF grantees to plan for 2021 program investments, based on HSF goal areas and criteria; and COVID-19 investment priorities and criteria. The city will also coordinate with our Human Services Fund partners at Boulder County Community Services and the City of Longmont for strategic assessment.

Our city HHS Community Investments staff are in touch each day with grantees and our funding partners throughout the county, to make informed, strategic decisions about current and potential future COVID-19 related investments. City staff are in touch with our Human Services Fund Advisory Committee about this issue, and also developed COVID-19 Investment Priorities and Criteria pdf for clarity and transparency about our process at this time. The Boulder County Funders Collaborative is adopting a similar set of priorities and criteria.

For any questions about Human Services Fund priorities related to COVID-19, please contact Elizabeth Crowe at [email protected], or leave a message at (303) 441-1928 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

For more information about COVID-19 related services and assistance through our grantee and community partners, please visit the City of Boulder Coronavirus resource page, and check out the COVID-19 Basic Needs and Services Guide pdf.

2020 Funding Allocations

In November 2019, the city manager approved funding for the 2020 Human Services Fund grantees pdf. The city also approved funding for 2020, for programs recommended in 2019 for multi-year support.

The city will announce information about the 2021 Fund Round, in spring 2020.

Investing in the Community

The City of Boulder invests resources in improving the health and well-being for our community members. The HSF supports programs and services consistent with the core principles and goals identified in the Human Services Strategy, which guides the work of the department over the next five years. The Strategy includes updates to community goals and funding priorities. In funding programs, the city's mission is to be an investor and partner in the community rather than simply a funder of human services. Each funded program sets annual outcome goals and reports on them twice a year. In 2018, community funding piloted efforts to fund systems integration work that emphasizes a coordinated, seamless social safety net that is more efficient and effective for residents.

For more information about the Human Services Fund, contact Elizabeth Crowe, Human Services Investments Manager, at [email protected] or (303) 441-1928.