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ELIGIBILITY
  • Organization must be classified as one of the following:
    • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity
    • Independent sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit acting as a fiscal sponsor
    • Government or tax-supported public entity
  • Activities or programs must take place in Colorado
GUIDELINES
  • Only one application per organization is accepted per calendar year.
  • Organizations receiving funding for two consecutive calendar years must take one year before re-applying (search our past grants).
  • A final report for any previously awarded grant is required before a new request is considered.
  • A complete application must be submitted online (preferred) or received in our office by 5 p.m. on the deadline date (January 15 or August 1). Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend, proposals are due the preceding Friday.
  • Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted.
GRANT AMOUNT & TYPES
  • Typical grants range between $5,000-$10,000, but do not exceed 10 percent of an organization’s annual budget.
  • General operating or program/project requests within our funding areas are accepted.
  • Challenge or matching grants are issued on occasion in our spring funding cycle, generally not by request but rather when the Foundation feels it would be beneficial to the organization.
WE DON'T TYPICALLY FUND
  • Organizations with annual budgets in excess of $5 million
  • Organizations in leadership transition (i.e. interim director)
  • Education (primary or secondary)
  • Health care, mental health or specific disease
  • Start-ups
  • Arts and culture
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Capital campaigns/building construction
  • Grants to individuals
  • Multi-year commitments
  • Debt reduction or loans
  • Endowments or reserves
  • Special events, sponsorships, promotions or conferences
  • Organizations that discriminate in any way
  • Policy, advocacy or research
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Type III supporting organizations under IRC section 509(a)(3)
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
  • Alignment with the Foundation’s mission and interests
  • Clearly presented goals, objectives and strategies
  • Provision of unduplicated, needed programs and services
  • Sustainable and diversified funding streams
  • Solid financial statements and cash reserves
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Proven track record of success with positive outputs and outcomes
  • Effective and qualified leadership
  • Engaged and committed board of directors with 100% making a meaningful financial contribution to the organization
  • Strong, effective and ongoing organization and program evaluation
  • Community buy-in and support evidenced through donations, volunteer engagement, collaborations and partnerships
  • Utilization of best practices and principles across all levels of the organization