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Community Grants Program

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits to
Enhance the Lives of Local Residents

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Rotary Club of Fort Collins (RCFC)

Deadline Date:

02/21/20 5:00 PM - For Arts and Culture Programs Only


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to enhance the lives of local residents. Funding is intended to support innovative services and projects that meet current needs and address issues relating either to a large sector of the population or to the community as a whole. Requests will be accepted for projects in the areas of arts and culture, education, youth, and health and welfare. Programs must serve the Fort Collins area, which also includes Laporte, Wellington, Bellvue, and Timnath areas.

The charitable needs of the community are great and every quarter the Rotary Club of Fort Collins (RCFC) will distribute Community Grants sponsored by the Foundation's membership to very deserving nonprofit service organizations. Community Grants are awarded each calendar quarter in one of four (4) categories.

For the first quarter of 2020, the category will be Arts and Culture Programs.

Grants may be used for special projects or services that include capital items.

The Community Grants Committee favors projects that contain an active volunteer service opportunity for RCFC members.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181200

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Limit grant requests to a maximum of $5,000
- Community Grant awards typically range from $1,000 - $3,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organization must be a non-profit agency and hold an IRS 501(c)(3) designation.
- Organization must be resident in and/or provide services in the Fort Collins area which also includes the Laporte, Wellington, Bellvue, and Timnath areas.
- Special consideration will be given to applications that include an active volunteer service opportunity for Rotary Club of Fort Collins (RCFC) members.

Organizations are not eligible to be considered for a Grant if they are designated to receive money from other RCFC fundraising activities during the RCFC Fiscal Year (Jul-to-Jun) such as the Peach Festival.

Grants cannot be used to retire debt, for general operating expenses, to assist specific individuals or to duplicate an established project in the community.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications for Arts and Culture Program Grants must be submitted in electronic pdf format by email by 5:00 p.m., on Friday, February 21, 2020.


- The RCFC will begin accepting applications on the day of the Press Release, January 2, 2020.
- Application due date is February 21, 2020
- Grant recipients in the Arts and Culture Programs category will be notified in early March, 2020
- Checks will be distributed at Rotary Club of Fort Collins Wednesday noon lunch meetings during April, 2020.

General grant schedule for the year:

Arts and Culture
- Press Release: January
- Application Due Date: February
- Grant Award: March

Youth Programs
- Press Release: April
- Application Due Date: May
- Grant Award: June

Education Programs
- Press Release: July
- Application Due Date: August
- Grant Award: September

Health and Welfare
- Press Release: October
- Application Due Date: November
- Grant Award: December

Organizations may apply in multiple Grant categories but may only receive one grant during the RCFC Fiscal Year (Jul–Jun). Organizations are encouraged to apply in the category that matches their primary mission statement or the primary purpose of their community service/project.

Organization are not eligible to be considered for a Grant if they received a RCFC Grant during the previous 13 months.

Organizations will receive acknowledgement that their grant application was received. If you do not receive a response within 2 weeks of your submissions, please contact the RCFC.

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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 the completed application in electronic pdf format to

For any questions, please contact the RCFC at the above email address.

Kathy Nicol, Chair
Community Grants Committee
Rotary Club of Fort Collins
P.O. Box 1206
Fort Collins, CO 80522-1206
(970) 658-0816

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