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U.S. Bancorp Foundation Awards Grants to 30 Denver Area Nonprofits

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2004--Denver area community groups were recently awarded more than $260,000 in grants by the U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) Foundation. Mark Smith, president of U.S. Bank in Denver, announced the affordable housing, artistic and cultural enrichment, education, and economic opportunity grants.
"These organizations are a vital part of the Denver community and help make affordable housing, the arts and economic opportunities accessible to more people," said Smith.

Affordable Housing:

-- Brothers Redevelopment, Inc. - to assist with its home maintenance and repair program for low-income seniors;

-- Colorado Affordable Housing Partnership (CAHP) - to support the merger of the CAHP and two other organizations to become the premier agency covering affordable housing issues and concerns;

-- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless - to help with building new rental housing communities;

-- Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation - to support its homeownership education and counseling programs;

-- Colorado Housing Enterprises - to assist its affordable housing programs;

-- Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver - to provide support for its self-sufficiency component of their homeownership program;

-- Hope Communities, Inc. - to enhance its education programs for families in their affordable housing programs;

-- Housing and Homeless Funding Coalition - to help with its long-term, systemic change in housing for low-income and homeless families through a coalition of foundation funders;

-- Mercy Housing SouthWest - to assist with its affordable housing programs;

-- Mile High Housing Fund - to support its staff training program;

-- Neighborhood Partners - to help fund its maintenance and repair program for elderly and low-income residents;

-- Northeast Denver Housing Center - to provide assistance for its affordable housing and homeownership programs; and

-- SouthWest Improvement Council - to help fund its housing development and home ownership programs.

Artistic & Cultural Enrichment:

-- Colorado Business Committee for the Arts - to support its production of the Economic Impact Report of Arts and Culture in metro Denver.

Economic Opportunity:

-- Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations - to support its production of the 2004 Colorado Nonprofit Report and their 2005 nonprofit training workshops;

-- Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence - to assist with its education and self-sufficiency programs;

-- Colorado Enterprise Fund - to help with its small business lending and technical assistance programs;

-- Colorado Nonprofit Development Center - to provide support for its office services and technical assistance for start-up nonprofits organizations;

-- Denver Small Business Development Center - to help its small business and technical assistance programs;

-- Mi Casa Resource Center for Women - to support its small business and micro-enterprise programs that assist primarily low-income women increase their economic self-sufficiency;

-- Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado - to assist with its Good Neighboring project, building relationships among neighbors;

-- Warren Village, Inc. - to help with its programs to promote self-sufficiency for single-parent families; and

-- Women's Bean Project - to support its programs that help build self-sufficiency.

K - 12 Education:

-- Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver - for its Friday Afternoon Club, a collaboration with the Denver Public Schools;

-- Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation - to help its dropout prevention program;

-- Denver Public Schools Educational Foundation - to support a program targeted to help homeless children complete their education;

-- Girls Inc. of Metro Denver - to help build self-sufficiency for girls and young women;

-- Latin American Research and Service Agency - for its education and self-sufficiency programs for Latinos;

-- Whiz Kids Tutoring - to assist with its tutoring program in Denver, Aurora and Jefferson County public schools; and

-- Young Americans Center for Financial Education - to support its International Towne financial education program to youth in Denver Public Schools in disadvantaged areas.

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