Centennial CARES: Nonprofit Services Grants


The City of Centennial is no longer accepting applications for the Nonprofit Services Grant. Applications received prior to closing of the program at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2 will be reviewed in the order they are received.

If you have questions regarding an existing application, send us an e-mail.

The City has completed the final report identifying the use of Federal CARES Act-Coronavirus Relief Funds. Centennial focused on three main areas of support: Small Business Assistance, Resident Support, City Facilities and Pandemic Response. To learn more view the report here(PDF, 3MB).

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.

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.

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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.