The City of Brighton has awarded a total of $104,430 in funding to 10 different organizations through the City’s 2023 Community Grant Program. These grants were funded by money received through the 2022 sale of the Denver Broncos and will be used to support youth programs. Organizations were eligible to receive up to $25,000 without a matching requirement.
The following organizations received funding from the City:
- Almost Home, Inc. – Playground replacement at the homeless shelter
- Associates of Troop and Pack 109 – Trailer purchase and upgrades
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver – Kitchen upgrades
- Brighton Explorer Post 23 – Uniforms and materials
- Brighton Youth Baseball Association – Equipment purchases and upgrades
- Brighton Youth Rugby Association – Equipment purchases and upgrades
- CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties – Pilot project to provide truancy advocates
- FC Brighton Soccer – Replacement of four soccer goals
- Friends of Barr Lake – Golf cart and trailer for program participant transportation
- Platte Valley Players – One-day theater workshop
The Broncos’ stadium lease agreement required the Metropolitan Football Stadium District to distribute a portion of the sale of the team back to the communities that helped to fund the stadium. Taxpayers in the district, which includes Brighton, helped to fund the stadium — now Empower Field at Mile High — through a sales tax that ended in 2011.
In total, more than $41 million was disbursed proportionally as one-time payments to the cities and counties that paid into the District. The City of Brighton received $454,084.93 from the District last October. The remaining funds not distributed through the 2023 Community Grant Program will go toward a partnership with 27J Schools, a Recreation Center play structure, and Brighton Youth Services.