Centennial CARES: Nonprofit Services Grants


The application process is open. Apply below.

The City has begun issuing grant payments. Payments may take up to a week to process.

We encourage nonprofits to review the eligibility criteria below prior to beginning the application process.

The Centennial CARES: Nonprofit Services Grants are intended to help 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that provide services to Centennial residents in response to COVID-19. Nonprofit organizations do not need to have a physical address in the City so long as they are serving City residents. In partnership with Arapahoe County, Centennial’s City Council has directed $750,000 of City funding to be used to support nonprofit organizations serving our community.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. A maximum of $50,000 can be awarded per eligible organization. Organizations that fully utilize $50,000 in grant funding prior to November 1, 2020 may at the City's discretion be considered for additional funding if able to demonstrate there is still a significant demand for services. If you have questions or need more information, send us an e-mail.

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Required documents:

  • IRS determination letter indicating organization's 501(c)3 status
  • Current Certificate of Good Standing from Colorado Secretary of State
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy
  • If requesting funding due to increase in requests for service(s), provide 2019 and 2020 service levels for March 1 - June 30.
  • Detailed budget and timeline for use of funds.
  • If uploading receipts and invoices for reimbursement please include a cover sheet with a list of individual amounts and total amount requested for reimbursement.

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Application CLOSES:

  • The application process will be open until funds are depleted, December 1, 2020, or grant program changes are required.
  • Program updates will be sent via email to those signed up to receive Centennial News Releases, Click here to sign up.

Details on Eligibility & How to Prepare:

Eligibility and Prohibited Use of Funds

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a registered 501(c)3 in good standing with the state of Colorado
  • Been in operation for at least 3 years as March 1, 2020
  • Provide services to Centennial residents
  • Have expenses related to COVID-19 that have or will occur between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020 and are eligible for under the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund.
  • Provide public facing services related to assisting with the response to COVID-19.

Examples include:
- Housing assistance
- Utility assistance
- Food programs
- Health services, including mental health
- Delivery services for individuals defined as high risk for COVID-19

The following list of organizations are not eligible:

  • For profit businesses
  • Nonprofits that are not a 501(c)3
  • 501(c)3 nonprofits that don't provide services related to COVID-19 response

Prohibited uses of funds:

  • Payroll costs not directly related to the following:

- Providing of new services/programs in response to COVID-19
- Increased demand for services due to COVD

  • Lost revenue
  • Expenses that have already been paid for with other government grants or funding
  • Other expenses not related to COVID or ineligible under the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • Charitable contributions
  • Political contributions

Process and Information to Prepare for Application


  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.
  • Applicants will receive an email notification once they have successfully completed the application.

Information Required to Complete Application:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN or EIN)
  • Service area within Centennial
  • Estimated number of Centennial citizens served
  • IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)3 status
  • Current Certificate of Good Standing with State of Colorado
  • Anti-Discrimination Policy/Statement
  • If requesting due to increase in requests for service(s), 2019 and 2020 service levels for March 1 - June 30

- Receipts or invoices for qualifying expenses (upload documents in application)
- Estimates and description of planned expenses that you are requesting for Advance grant funds (upload documents in application) Note: organizations receiving Advance grant funds will be required to provide documentation of actual expenditures

  • Applicants will be required to review and accept the Terms and Conditions(PDF, 34KB) of the Centennial CARES Nonprofit Services Grant Program to complete the application.