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The Buck Foundation Grant

Grants to Colorado and Hawaii Nonprofits for Programs
that Benefit Communities in Eligible Regions

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Grants to Colorado and Hawaii nonprofit organizations and agencies for programs that strengthen communities in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting an application. Focus areas of funding include support for refugees and immigrants, housing and homelessness prevention, and addressing critical community needs. Organizations located in Colorado or Hana in East Maui may apply.

The Buck Foundation is a family foundation with a commitment to peace and social justice that supports underserved children, youth, women, and other marginalized communities.

The Buck Foundation makes both General Operations Support grants and Program Specific grants. General Operating Support provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most appropriate. 


The Foundation invests in nonprofits that strengthen communities and encourage people to become productive, thriving citizens. The Foundation is both a strategic grantmaker and a responsive grantmaker. 

Focus areas: 

  • Initiatives to Prevent Homelessness & Provide Housing: The Buck Foundation supports organizations that help prevent homelessness and provide housing to those who desperately need it, influence policy that decriminalizes homelessness, and educate the public on the root causes of homelessness.
  • Welcoming & Supporting Immigrants and Refugees: The Buck Foundation makes an impact on the lives of immigrants and refugees by investing in organizations that welcome and support refugees and immigrants through legal support, community navigation, and advocacy for the humane treatment of undocumented families.
  • Responding to Critical Needs to Strengthen Communities: The Buck Foundation’s responsive grants strengthen communities by supporting community resource centers, criminal justice reform, community farms and parks, youth skill-building programs, and by protecting democracy and peace.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176564

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation awards grants only to 501(c) (3) organizations and non-governmental agencies. Focus is principally on organizations with annual budgets under $1,000,000 where a small grant can make a significant impact.

The Buck Foundation accepts letters of inquiry from qualified organizations in Colorado, and from Hana in East Maui, Hawaii, where the family has a long-standing history. Small grants have been made to nonprofit organizations outside of these geographic areas at the Board of Directors’ discretion.

Not funded:

- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, except to serve a historically disadvantaged group
- Debt retirement
- Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available (no retroactive funding)
- Endowments or other reserve funds
- Capital campaigns
- Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events
- Conferences, symposia, film and video production, and related travel
- Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities
- Grants to individuals
- Scholarships or sponsorships
- Grants to parochial or religious schools or private schools
- Requests from individual schools or departments/programs of universities or colleges – or foundations/organizations that raise money for individual schools – that have not coordinated the request with their central school district/university administration or fundraising arm
- Grants for re-granting purposes
- Multi-year funding requests (Please note: the Foundation, on rare occasions, provides grantees with multi-year grants, however organizations cannot request such funding.)

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Cycle:
- Letter of inquiry online application available 1/15-2/15
- Invitations to submit full applications 4/1 (full application link sent out)
- Completed applications due by 5/15
- Applicants notified of Board of Directors decisions by 8/1
- Grant funds distributed by 8/15
- Final Reports due by 5/30 (the following year)

It is highly recommended to meet with the Buck Foundation’s Executive Director before completing the Letter of Inquiry

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI online:

Erika Church, Executive Director

Mailing address:
The Buck Foundation
PO Box 181400
Denver, CO. 80218

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado;   Hawaii: Hana in East Maui

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