Shared community leadership of climate solutions is central to Our Climate Future (OCF). To support this, the City of Fort Collins is directly investing in local, community-led groups.
The newly funded OCF Community Leadership Grants program is a flexible, low-barrier resource providing equitable access to modest funding ($2,000-$10,000) for groups, organizations, and businesses looking to build capacity for climate leadership to advance the OCF Big Moves . [ link]
To be eligible to receive funds through this program, an applicant must demonstrate a commitment to climate equity in Fort Collins, and explain how their work will advance OCF Big Move 1: Shared Leadership and Community Partnership. Organizations must be located in Northern Colorado and work in Fort Collins. Projects such as one-time events or fundraising events will not be funded. Additional criteria are listed below.
To be considered for funding, organizations MUST:
Enhance OCF Big Move 1: Shared Leadership and Community Partnership
This grants program is primarily intended to invest in shared community leadership of OCF. Grantees must show how they intend to build capacity for community leadership. Preference will be shown for innovative, people-centered requests.
Commit to climate equity
Grantees must demonstrate their commitment to climate equity, which may include experience removing systemic barriers so that persons of all identities can fully participate in community-based climate work.
Organizations that meet these criteria must ALSO meet 2 of the 3 following requirements:
1. Advance at least one additional OCF Big Move
To meet this criterion, grantees must explain how their work relates to and furthers one or more Big Moves, in addition to Big Move 1.
2. Directly advance leadership in historically marginalized communities and organizations
To meet this criterion, grantees must demonstrate ways that their programs are connected to and serve multiple parts of the Fort Collins community, including those listed below.*
3. Commitment to ongoing programs, including leadership and partnership with Our Climate Future
To meet this criterion, grantees must demonstrate how grant funding will contribute to long-term benefits and/or ongoing efforts to grow the leadership capacity of groups that may include equity-centered learning alongside City staff.
*Communities identified in OCF as underrepresented in climate action and local government (though not limited to):
People/groups who have experienced systemic and institutional discrimination or marginalization
Community members under age 29
People experiencing homelessness
People living in manufactured homes
Requirements for Grantees
Spend grant amount in its entirety by the end of 2023.
Report on shared leadership and community partnership learnings.
During this pilot year of the OCF grants program, feedback and lessons learned will be especially important to determine how funds can best meet community needs in the future. Grantees are expected to share impact and lessons learned at the end of the funding term, with support from City staff.
The City of Fort Collins considers applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, class, sexual identity, mental and physical abilities and ability.