Grants support initiatives in economic vitality and workforce development, and rehabilitative health services.
DENVER — June 14, 2021 — Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurer, has awarded grants totaling almost $300,000 to 14 Colorado nonprofits in the first of two grantmaking cycles for 2021.
These grants enable Pinnacol to extend its reach beyond typical workers’ compensation insurance functions to support programs that keep employees healthy, help injured workers get back to work after injury, and ensure that Colorado has a robust business climate and the workforce it needs.
This year, for the first time, in its economic vitality and workforce development grantmaking, Pinnacol gave the greatest consideration to organizations that are designed to create opportunity for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
“Although Colorado’s economy is beginning to bounce back from the global pandemic, nonprofits that serve local communities need more support than ever,” says Edie Sonn, Pinnacol’s vice president of communications and public affairs. “Rising to meet that need, we also evolved our community grantmaking to reflect our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Grantees are as follows:
Economic Vitality and Workforce Development
- Associated General Contractors of Colorado - Scholarships for training in construction apprenticeship and trades programs (statewide)
- Colorado Agricultural Leadership Group - Agriculture leadership training for rural communities (rural Colorado)
- Colorado Mesa University Foundation - Support for capital campaign and program development for health care workforce training programs (Grand Junction)
- Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) - Career-focused training for low-income BIPOC families (El Paso County)
- Community Shares of Colorado - Executive leadership training program for nonprofits (statewide)
- Delta Eta Boule Foundation - Scholarships, mentoring, internships and professional development for male African American students from Colorado (Metro Denver)
- Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges (FCCC) - Scholarships for students at rural colleges (rural Colorado)
- Mile High United Way - Bridging the Gap Program for young adults experiencing homelessness (statewide)
- Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Mentoring and training programs for women in business (Southern Colorado, Colorado Springs)
- Second Chance Center - Employment opportunity lab for people who were formerly incarcerated (Metro Denver)
Rehabilitative Health Services
- Craig Hospital Foundation - Community reintegration program and financial support for patients in need (nationwide)
- Goodwill of Colorado - IT training program for people with barriers to employment (El Paso County)
- Home Builders Foundation - Accessible home modification program (Metro Denver)
- Chanda Plan Foundation - Integrative massage therapy for individuals with long-term physical disabilities (statewide)