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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits for Youth
and Family Services in Eligible Regions

Community Grantmaking Program

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Aspen Community Foundation (ACF)

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents in eligible areas. Priority will be given to applicants working in the areas of youth development, family support, and early childhood education. Funding may be requested to support programming or general operations. Support is generally limited to nonprofit organizations located in, and whose work primarily serves, the residents of Pitkin and Garfield counties and portions of Eagle County in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.

ACF’s grantmaking prioritizes nonprofits working in the areas of early care and education, youth development, education, and family support that have a demonstrated impact on at least one of the four Cradle to Career goals:
  1. Children are ready for kindergarten
  2. Youth develop social and life assets for success and happiness
  3. Students succeed academically
  4. Students graduate from high school ready for college and career

Recognizing that youth success is also impacted by essential human services, nonprofits providing food, shelter, safety, healthcare and other basic needs for youth and families will also be considered. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 180139

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Number of Grants:

Historically, ACF has been able to raise and award funds to 35-40 nonprofit organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Support is generally limited to nonprofit organizations located in, and whose work primarily serves, the residents of Pitkin and Garfield counties and portions of Eagle County in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.
2. Applicants must be tax exempt and in good standing under the provision of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
3. Although each proposal is reviewed separately, grants are generally not considered for:
• Organizations outside of ACF’s service area
• Projects which have been completed prior to allocation decisions
• Deficits, retirement of debt, or endowments
• Religious purposes
• Political campaigns
• Medical research or hospital equipment
• Program design, product development, or marketing and promotion
• Conduit organizations (organizations or events that pass funds to other organizations)
• Individual schools/classrooms, departments/programs of universities or colleges, or education foundations/organizations that have not coordinated the request with their central school district/university administration or fundraising arm
• Organizations, projects, or programs in operation for less than one year or are less than one year from receipt of 501(c)(3) approval
• Organizations in leadership transition
• Organizations primarily supported by tax-derived funding unless funding supports a new program that is outside of the organization’s operating budget
4. Aspen Community Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual preference or identity, physical circumstances, or national origin. Applicants must hold and demonstrate similar standards.
5. Only one Community Grantmaking application per organization will be accepted each year.
6. Past funding from ACF does not guarantee funding for future years.

Pre-Application Information:

Qualifying Applications are now open and must be submitted by Friday, May 20, 2022.
- Qualifying Applications Due May 20, 2022
- Invitations to Apply June 2022
- Full Applications Due July 2022
- Grant Awards Announced October 2022

ACF’s Community Grantmaking is a two-stage process. The application for funding and all supporting documents must be submitted via ACF’s online grant platform. Specific deadlines are on ACF’s website.
1. Each organization seeking funding should first review of these guidelines and determine whether its proposal meets the criteria and priorities of ACF.
2. If the organization meets these guidelines, begin the application process by completing the Qualifying Application.
3. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application for Funding including supporting documents such as budgets, board and staff lists, Form 990s, etc.
4. ACF staff may elect at any time to schedule a meeting with the organization’s executive director and/or board chair to discuss the proposal or to request additional or clarifying information.
5. Grant recommendations are considered by ACF’s Board of Directors in the fall with funding decisions announced shortly thereafter. Final approval of grants is the sole responsibility of ACF’s Board of Directors. The Board requests that individual members not be lobbied.

Contact Information:

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

Qualifying application:

Potential applicants may contact Scott Kenner, grants manager, with questions at

Aspen Community Foundation
455 Gold Rivers Ct., Suite 515
Basalt, CO 81621

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Roaring Fork Valley: Pitkin and Garfield counties and portions of Eagle County

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