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Community Grants Program

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits for Education, Human Needs,
Economic Opportunity, and Racial Equity in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Denver Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/03/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life for local residents in eligible regions. Applicants are advised that registration may take several business days. Program areas include basic human needs, economic opportunity, education, and leadership and equity. Eligible regions include the seven-county Metro Denver area.

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life for people who live in the seven-county Metro Denver region, which includes Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.

The Foundation prefers requests for general operating support, but will consider both general operating and program support.

    In four objective areas:

    • The Foundation prioritizes improving the lives of historically oppressed people living in Metro Denver, with a particular focus on people who live in low-income communities and people of color.
      • It seeks to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, as well as economic disparities.
      • It supports organizations that share our core values of racial equity and community leadership.

    Core Values: Community Leadership & Racial Equity

    The Denver Foundation supports nonprofits that advance its Core Values of community member engagement and racial equity. The Foundation believes nonprofits have greater impact in the community if they make community member engagement and racial equity a core part of their programs, policies, and overall approach.

    For further information about Core Values and Community Grant Making Objective Areas please see:

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 177948

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $20,000.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    The Foundation funds 501(c)(3) organizations and collaborative efforts among 501(c)(3) organizations and other groups in the seven-county Metro Denver region.

    Community Grants do not fund organizations or programs 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.

    Not Funded:
    - Capital campaigns
    - Building endowments or reserve funds
    - Membership campaigns
    - Special events, sponsorships
    - Retroactive funding, i.e. activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available
    - Debt retirement
    - Grants to individuals
    - Grants for re-granting purposes
    - Multi-year funding requests
    - Conferences, symposia, and related travel
    - Grants for medical, scientific, or academic research
    - Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities
    - Grants to parochial or religious schools
    - Scholarships
    - Requests from individual schools or universities that have not coordinated the request with their central school district, university administration, or fundraising arm

    Pre-Application Information:

    Application Deadlines:
    February 1, 2019 by 5 pm - Notification: Late June
    August 1, 2019 by 5 pm - Notification: Late December

    The Foundation will not consider late or incomplete proposals.

    The Denver Foundation accepts applications online.

    Before applying you will need to register with the online grant application portal.

    The Denver Foundation suggests you register as far in advance as possible, but no later than 5 business days before the application deadline.

    Once you have reviewed the grant guidelines and know which objective area you would like to apply, the Foundation strongly encourages you to schedule a 20-30 minute phone call with a Program Director to ensure your proposal aligns with the funding priorities and objective pathways. You can reach out to Programs Assistant Ashley Clevenger directly to schedule this call.

    Application information:
    Information for Organizations with Special Circumstances:

    Contact Information:

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

    Register to apply online:

    Ashley Clevenger
    Programs Assistant
    (303) 996-7353

    The Denver Foundation
    55 Madison Street, 8th Floor
    Denver, Colorado 80206

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