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Locations to Build Organizational Capacity and Improve Operations

Take a Hat Off Grant

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Funding Source:

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Community First Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/16/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind support to Colorado nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for capacity-building activities. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to help nonprofits advance projects, develop teams, plan for the future, and serve local communities. The goal of the grant is to provide resources to Jefferson County nonprofits that are on the frontlines of the health and wellness of the community.

Community First Foundation partners with Catchafire, an online platform of professionals who donate their time to support and strengthen the social good sector. Catchafire connects nonprofits with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing organizations to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more. 

Examples of capacity projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Executive Leadership training;
  • Finance and Operations;
  • Fundraising; 
  • Human Resources; 
  • Marketing and Communications; 
  • Professional Development; 
  • Program Management; and 
  • Technology.

Grant decisions will favor organizations that can demonstrate the impact of the work in Jefferson County; have an organizational capacity-building need to be addressed over the next year; serve marginalized communities of need; and demonstrate a commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202519

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

12 months: July 2022-June 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Take A Hat Off grant opportunity aims to boost nonprofit capacity in Jefferson County. To be eligible, organizations must be 501(c)(3) Nonprofits and/or government equivalents, or 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, such as neighborhood associations, operating within the defined geographic scope of this grant opportunity. Organizations do not need to be headquartered in Jeffco in order to apply.

To be considered for this grant opportunity, applicants must be headquartered in, have a physical location in, or have a recent history (within the past year) of providing meaningful services in Jefferson County. Eligible organizations must also have a current capacity need and be registered on Catchafire.

The following are not eligible for grant funding from Community First Foundation:
• Individuals
• For-profit organizations
• Fundraising events
• Private foundations
• Other foundations or nonprofits that distribute money to recipients of their own selection
• Endowments
• Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind
• Organizations that do not have fiscal responsibility for the proposed project

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar will be held on April 14, 2022, at 9:30 am, to help applicants with submitting a successful application.

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Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is May 16, 2022, at 5 pm. Awards will be announced in June.

This grant requires applicants to register their nonprofit with Catchafire. Staff will review the form and submit approved organizations to Catchafire. Once you receive your invitation from Catchafire, you can complete your set up and you’re good to work on your SmarterSelect grant application.

Additional information:

Webinar Recording:

About Catchafire:

Contact Information:

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

Complete the Catchafire form on the URL for Full Text, below.

Apply online:

Jaime Aguilar, Program Officer

For technical assistance contact Kellly Degering at or 720.898.5918.

Community First Foundation
5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A
Arvada, CO 80003

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Jefferson County

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