City of Colorado Springs / Housing Development / Programs and Services / Human Services

What is Human Service Funding?

The Housing Development Division provides funding to local 501(c)(3) and 509(a) non-profit agencies for the provision of human services to low and moderate income persons in the community.  These activities are governed by the federal regulations for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

There is one main human service funding effort.  The process for funding begins in June-July each year.  Funding is available in January of the following year for City funds and in April for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Human services funding is awarded to non-profit agencies that provide the following services:

  • Emergency Care and Shelter
  • Youth Services

The application process combines City discretionary human services dollars with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.  The process enables nonprofit human service providers to submit only one application for City funds.  This reduces the time spent in these efforts by the City, United Way and agency staff.

For several years, the City has partnered with Pikes Peak United Way to create a seamless application process for human service agencies.  United Way now handles the application process and manages the contracts for services with the nonprofit agencies.

The process used to determine funding for the nonprofit agencies consists of committees with representatives from the City, United Way, the Non-Profit Center, the private sector, and the community at large.  These committees review all submitted proposals, attend agency presentations, and rate the proposals based on relevant criteria.  These ratings are then used to determine the funding recommendations to City Council. 

Eligibility Requirements:

A program must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for Human Services funding with the City of Colorado Springs:

  • Sponsoring agency must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) or 509(a).
  • Funding must be for programs/services that fall into one of the two following Impact Areas:
  • Emergency Care and Shelter. This impact area includes services provided to homeless and indigent persons and victims of family violence. Services may address emergency activities including short-term shelter operations, support services and meals to the homeless.
  • Youth Services. This impact area includes services such as prevention and intervention programs for low and very low income youth-at-risk (ages birth through 17 years). Services may include activities that address alcohol, drugs, crime, infant/toddler childcare, and parenting skills instruction.
  • Funding is for services and eligible participants residing within the Colorado Springs City limits.
  • City Agreements are effective January 1 to December 31 of each year. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) agreements are effective April 1 through March 31 of the following year. Funding is determined by the volunteer Fund Allocations Committee based on the amount of funds available in each budget.
  • Programs must meet the National Objectives and Eligibility Requirements
  • One agency must serve as a fiscal agency for collaborative program funding.
  • Human Service activities do not include political activities or direct payments to individuals for their food, clothing, rent, utilities, or other income payments.
  • Agencies may only apply for up to 25% of a total program budget.
  • An agency can only apply for a particular program in one impact area (i.e., an agency that applies for a program under Youth Services cannot also apply for that same program in Emergency Care and Shelter).
  • If an agency wishes to submit an application for more than one program, it must submit a separate application for each program or activity.
  • Health care services (to include mental health services) are NOT eligible for human service funding through this process.
  • Organizations that apply for funding and intend to ask for funds for personnel costs must have a payroll system that includes timesheets or timecards with categorized time-tracking or must be willing to create one if the organization receives funding.  The system must include time tracking for salaried staff members, as payroll records are required for documentation when submitting a Request for Reimbursement for these funds.

Funding Cycle

City Funding: January 1 – December 31
CDBG Funding: April 1 – March 31 of the following year

For additional information, please contact:

Housing Development Division
Carla Wilson
(719) 385-5335

Pikes Peak United Way
Anastasia Storer
(719) 955-0734