Human Services Fund: Investing in Critical Services for the Boulder Community

Since 1994 the City of Boulder's Human Services Fund (HSF) has provided funding to community nonprofit agencies for human service programs benefitting people in need. Funding is primarily made through a competitive annual grant process based on alignment with the city’s human services goals.


Through the HSF, the City of Boulder invests resources in improving well-being for community members experiencing social or economic disparities. An annual allocation from the city’s general fund serves as the source for this grant program. The HSF supports programs and services consistent with the core principles and goals identified in the Human Services Strategy, for populations including low-income children, youth and families; older adults; people experiencing homelessness; people of color, immigrants and LGBTQ community members. Nonprofit program activities currently funded by HSF include childcare, older adult assistance, shelter and homelessness prevention, legal assistance, academic support, violence and abuse prevention and response, access to social services, and more.

Human Services Fund 2022 Request for Proposals Now Available

Nonprofit agencies that provide human services to Boulder community may be eligible to apply for HSF grants. The city anticipates allocating $1.75 million for human services program activities in 2022. This year, the city is offering both single-year (2022) and multi-year (2022-24) funding opportunities. Agencies must meet additional eligibility criteria for multi-year funding.

Interested agencies are encouraged to carefully read the RFP for information about eligibility, criteria and how to apply.

Applications for funding are due 4 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Applications must be submitted through the city’s online grant management system.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Crowe, Human Services Investments Manager at or (303) 441-1928.

Apply for a Human Services Fund Grant

Download the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Review and follow instructions for applying

Applications are due by 4 p.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Contact us if you have any questions

If you need technical assistance or want to meet with city staff to discuss this grant opportunity, follow the instructions in the RFP or contact:

Ana Silvia Avendaño-Curiel, Grants Specialist

(303) 441-4363.