Colorado Grants and Foundations

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Denise Elizabeth
Denise Elizabeth
Senior Financial Editor & Writer

Date Published: February 23, 2021

A.V. Huunter Trust

The A.V. Huunter Trust has a reach that is state–wide and includes urban, suburban and rural areas of Colorado. Grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations offering community and human services to assist those in need, including – Youth, Seniors, Disabled, Indigent.

Albertsons Community Investment - ID, MT, NV, CA, OR, UT, WA, WY, AZ, CO, F...

Albertsons Community Investment gives grants to nonprofit and school programs that meet the following focus areas: Hunger Relief, Health, Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles. Geographical focus areas: Idaho, Montana, Southern Nevada, Southern California, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico or Texas.

Alexander Foundation

The Alexander foundation exists to enhance the lives of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people by providing financial assistance to those in need throughout Colorado. We are an all–volunteer organization and through the spirit of giving, it is our mission to build a community of strength and dignity.

Animal Assistance Foundation

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations located in Colorado or directly benefiting Colorado pet owners. Grants for long–term funding, endowment funds, or retirement of debt will not be considered. AAF is interested in making grants that demonstrate new approaches to animal care and the understanding of the importance of animals. Priorities are to promote the welfare of animals regarding (1) accessibility to care, (2) quality of care, and (3) self&…

Anna Keesling Ackerman Trust

In September, 2006, the assets and grant program of the former Anna Keesling Ackerman Trust were given to El Pomar Foundation to continue on as the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund within El Pomar Foundation. The general–purpose Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund supports nonprofit organizations that serve the Pikes Peak Region, primarily El Paso County, working in arts and humanities, education, health, human services, and civic and community initiatives. Organ…

Anschutz Family Foundation

The Anschutz Family Foundation supports Colorado nonprofit organizations that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self–respect. The Foundation encourages endeavors that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. There is a special interest in self–sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, th…

Aspen Community Foundation

Based in Aspen, with an office in Glenwood Springs, funding from Grantmaking and field of interest funds must directly benefit residents of Pitkin, Garfield, and west Eagle Counties of Colorado.

Aspen Valley Medical Foundation

The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation provides financial resources and philanthropic leadership to meet rising health and human needs in the Roaring Fork Valley. Areas of funding interest include Health Care, Health and Human Service, and providing leadership, financial support, and other resources to meet identified community needs.

Bank of the West - AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, MN, MO, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, UT,...

The mission of the Bank’s Charitable Contributions Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low– and moderate–income individuals and communities. The Bank will consider requests for contributions from nonprofit organizations that qualify under the following charitable giving categories: Community and Economic Development, Edu…

Bee Vradenburg Foundation

The Bee Vradenburg Foundation advances Bee Vradenburg™s vision of a thriving and diverse cultural community by investing in the excellence, innovation and sustainability of the arts in the Pikes Peak region.

Binning Family Foundation - Youth

The Binning Family Foundation is a private operating foundation located in Littleton, Colorado. The Foundation was created to design and operate programs that directly improve the quality of life for Colorado youth by supporting their personal development.

Boettcher Foundation

The Boettcher Foundation is a privately endowed grant–making organization dedicated to assisting, encouraging and promoting the residents of the State of Colorado. Areas of funding interest include Arts & Culture, Community & Social Service, Education, Healthcare.

Bohemian Foundation

The Bohemian Foundation administers two responsive grantmaking programs: Pharos Fund and Event Fund. To be eligible for either program, organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits (private foundations excluded) and provide services in the Poudre School District boundary area. The Foundation also oversees Special Project grants. These grants are initiated solely by the Foundation at our discretion

BOKF Foundation - AR, AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX

Making a community stronger begins with clearly understanding its needs. That’s why we have developed meaningful relationships with more than 800 nonprofit partners in the eight states we serve. The Foundation makes contributions to programs that enhance quality of life and economic well being in the communities where BOK Financial operates and where our employees work and live in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Similar t…

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

The Bonfils–Stanton Foundation strives to advance excellence in the areas of Arts and Culture, ommunity Service, and Science and Medicine through strategic investments resulting in unique and significant contributions in these fields.

Branscomb Family Foundation

The Branscomb Family Foundation was chartered as a non–profit corporation under the laws of Colorado on June 10, 1986. The corporation is organized to promote and fund charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational endeavors within the United States of America.

Brett Family Foundation

The Brett Family Foundation supports caring communities by investing in organizations throughout Colorado working for social justice, and Boulder County nonprofits addressing the needs of underserved communities, primarily disadvantaged youth and their families. Areas of funding interest: We support organizations throughout the state of Colorado working to address the root causes of social, economic, gender and racial inequities through strategies that emp…

Bright Mountain Foundation

The Bright Mountain Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation. The foundation is dedicated to assisting vulnerable members of Colorado communities. Bright Mountain supports non–profit organizations promoting the well–being of children and youth ages 6–18 years at risk for, or living with mental health issues; people at–risk for, or living with HIV/AIDS; and seniors lacking adequate support to maintain their independence and q…

Broomfield Community Foundation

The Broomfield Community Foundation currently awards grants three times a year for programs that benefit Broomfield, Colorado citizens. The granting areas are: civic projects, human service programs, arts and humanities, senior citizen programs and educational programs. Innovative programs are always of particular interest.

Buck Foundation

The Buck Foundation supports of children and youth, women and minorities with a commitment to peace and social justice. Founded by Douglas H. Buck and Mildred M. Buck in 1986 with continuing involvement and support by their children and grandchildren. Most of our grants go to organizations in Colorado. The Foundation focuses on grants for Colorado, especially the Denver Metro area. Some grants have been awarded to national organizations and support for Eas…

Caring for Colorado Foundation

The Caring for Colorado Foundation is a health grantmaker making health and accessible health care more of a reality for people in Colorado every day through targeted grants that provide measurable health improvements.

Chinook Fund

Today, the Chinook Fund is an alternative philanthropic community foundation for social change, and the effect of the “winds of change” has been felt throughout the entire state of Colorado. From Durango to Yuma, more than 200 grassroots organizations have received well over $1,400,000 in grant awards to further the work of social change.

Colorado Rockies Foundation

The Colorado Rockies Foundation was formed in 1991 as a public charitable organization with emphasis toward underprivileged and at–risk youth through programs for youth baseball, drug– and alcohol–abuse awareness and prevention, and education and literacy.

Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation

The Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation (CSPFF) is a non–profit organization that was established in 1980 under the umbrella of the Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals (ACSPP), a membership organization made up of employees of the Colorado State Patrol. The CSPFF provides financial and emotional support for State Troopers, State Patrol civilian staff and their families in times of traumatic injury, death, or personal hardships. In…

Colorado Trust

The Colorado Trust’s strategic grantmaking is singularly focused on supporting policies, programs and services that expand health coverage, and improve and expand health care. Since 1985, The Colorado Trust has worked closely with nonprofit organizations in every county across the state to advance the health and well–being of the people of Colorado. The Trust continues to support a number of long–term programs that advance the health and w…

Community First Foundation

At Community First Foundation we use the Power of Philanthropy to enhance the well–being of the metropolitan Denver community. As a community foundation, we support programs, initiatives and organizations that strengthen lives and improve communities. Today, over 60 nonprofit organizations have entrusted us to steward their funds and nearly 175 organizations participate in our GivingFirst program.

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is a nonprofit organization that manages and administers more than 300 charitable funds and $36.5 million in assets. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Regional Development Council, and numerous committees have united the four primary communities we serve (Berthoud, Estes Park, Fort Collins, and Loveland) with a common purpose.

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley

The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley is here to preserve and develop permanent resources to enrich the quality of life for people of Crested Butte, Gunnison, the Upper Gunnison Watershed and our neighbors. We look to strengthen our nonprofit agencies in the areas of art and culture, community development, environment, education, human services, athletics, recreation, historical tradition and domestic animal welfare and protection.

Community Foundation Serving Boulder County

The foundation makes grants to nonprofit groups working in the arts, civic engagement, education, the environment, and health and human services. We fund nonprofits primarily in Boulder County, although we also work with donors who wish to make grants through us in other parts of the country and the world.

Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado was established to improve the quality of life in the Four Corners. The Foundation’s Community Enhancement Grants are intended to be simple to apply for, yet powerful in its outcomes. It is intended to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals, families, and/or organizations. Grants will generally be for projects or groups specific; not intended for general operations and support. Exa…

Coors Foundation

The Foundation supports organizations that promote self–sufficiency, leadership and independence. It also requires that nonprofits be well–managed and effective in their efforts. Requests are considered for general operating grants, program support and capital needs. Areas of funding interest include Human Services, Youth, Education, Community.

Crail-Johnson Foundation

The Crail–Johnson Foundation has defined itself as a “children’s charity,” and the vast majority of grantmaking is directed toward programs benefiting children, youth and families in the greater Los Angeles area. National organizations providing services in Los Angeles are also considered. Occasionally, grants are made to projects that are national in scope where benefits to children and families in Los Angeles can be clearly demonstrated. In ad…

Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, as well as programs with a national impact (national grants are by invitation only). The program areas eligible for grants through the Daniels Fund are: Aging; Alcoholism & Substance Abuse; Amateur Sports; Disabilities; Education; Early Childhood Education (K–12 Education Reform, Ethics and Integrity); Homeless & Disadvantaged; Youth Devel…

Denver Foundation

The Denver Foundation awards hundreds of grants annually to nonprofit organizations in the seven county Metro Denver area –– Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Grants are typically awarded to organizations in four major focus areas: Arts & Culture, Civic & Education, Health, and Human Services. Nonprofit organizations must be a 501c3 organization to apply.

Donahue Foundation

The Donahue Foundation is a private foundation that was established in Colorado in 1990. The main objective of the Foundation is to help provide tuition assistance to the young and economically disadvantaged. Specifically, the Foundation expresses special interest in Catholic and other non–public schools. By working with the schools, the Foundation hopes to increase the amount of financial assistance available to needy students.

El Pomar Foundation

El Pomar contributes $25 million annually through direct grants and Community Stewardship Programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.

Embrey Family Foundation

The Embrey Family Foundation strongly believes in building healthy vibrant communities for all people. We do this by investing in programs that enrich and empower families and societies, and that educate and make people more aware of the human condition. We strive to enhance the work that provides solutions and upward movement for our fellow citizens. Toward that end, the Foundation makes grants to the following areas: Human Services, Human Rights, Arts &a…

Erion Foundation

The Erion Foundation supports the betterment of the Loveland community through funding, advocacy and participation. The Foundation supports local and regional organizations. Our goal is to balance our grants in general areas of “Health & Welfare”, “Basic Needs”, “Education” and “Culture & Community”. The Foundation acts as catalyst to initiate and provide funds to special projects we believe will benefit our community.

Foundation for the Protection of Animals - CO, AZ, NM

The mission of the Foundation for the Protection of Animals is to promote responsible human interaction with animals for their protection and welfare. The Foundation strongly believes that encouraging proactive, responsible pet ownership is the key to ending the suffering of homeless animals. Currently the Foundation is working to further its mission through the funding of spay/neuter programs and participation in animal rescue operations during national o…

Gates Family Foundation

The Gates Family Foundation invests in Colorado–based projects and organizations primarily through capital grants which have meaningful impact and enhance the quality of life for those visiting, working and living in the state. The Foundation seeks to promote self–sufficiency, excellence and innovation in education, healthy lifestyles, community enrichment, connection to nature and stewardship of the state’s natural inheritance.

Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado

The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado was founded in 1996 with a goal of financially supporting nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in Colorado and promote equality for all people. Over the years, the fund has invested over $22 million in hundreds of high–impact nonprofits that better the quality of life for all Coloradans by providing important arts and culture, civic participation, healthy families, and public broadcasting pr…

General Service Foundation

The General Service Foundation is a private foundation that was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1946. The Directors believe that the Foundation can make its best contribution at this point in time by addressing some of the world’s basic long–term problems in these areas: Human Rights and Economic Justice, Reproductive Justice and the Colorado program. See our blog for more details.

Gerald L. and Florence M. Schlessman Foundation

Gerald L. and Florence M. Schlessman established the Schlessman Family Foundation in 1957 for general charitable purposes with interests in human services, civic and community projects. Areas of funding interest include Education, but no charter or public school programs, Disadvantaged youth programs and services, Elderly/Senior programs, Special needs groups, such as handicapped, homeless families and mentally ill, Established cultural institutions such a…

Gill Foundation

The Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights work. The goal of our work is straightforward: we want to create an America in which all people are treated equally and respectfully. About 80 percent of the foundation’s work and funding is dedicated to LGBT nonprofits – both national and state organizations that work every day to bring about equality. Funding to these organiz…

Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation - TX, NC, CO

The mission of the Graham and Carolyn Holloway Family Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for those people in our communities who are least likely to be able to do that on their own; aiding primarily, but not exclusively: the elderly, individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities, the chronically or terminally ill, and disadvantaged children. The Foundation limits grants by geographic location, giving consideration to agencies in Tex…

Grand Foundation

The Grand Foundation partners with Grand County, Colorado, nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the community. Since 1996, the Grand Foundation has granted $1.3 Million to organizations in Grand County that provide services and programs in the areas of Health & Human Services, Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Education and Amateur Sports.

Grants Fundraising.com

Grants Fundraising.com’s purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives and fundraising opportunities from foundations, 501c3 non–profits organizations and private sector sources by posting those initiatives on our site. If your organization, foundation or fundraising company has grants opportunities and you are looking to spread the word about it we invite you to contact us about it so we may be able to post your grant ini…

Greeley Area Foundation

The Greeley Area Foundation was established as a trust in 1972 by First National Bank of Greeley. It was created as a vehicle for the community that would provide a perpetual source for funds that could be left by its citizens for purposes that would benefit both individual segments of the population and the area as a whole. The Community Foundation focuses its giving on grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students pursuing a post seconda…

Greenlee Family Foundation

The Greenlee Family Foundation believes that we can have an impact even though its grantmaking resources are very limited. We typically focus on smaller, grassroots organizations that are located in the Denver Metro area including Boulder and Broomfield Counties. We also prefer to partner with agencies that use their resources wisely, invest time and money in developing good business practices, train and support their boards of directors and volunteers as…

Griffin Foundation

The Griffin Foundation is a private charitable organization with its principal office in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Foundation was organized by Mr. Pat Griffin to benefit higher education, health care and the performing arts.

Hagen Family Foundation - National Focus

The Hagen Family Foundation (THFF) is a private family foundation established in 1999 that provides financial grants to not–for–profit organizations. The Foundation favors creative and innovative proposals in the areas of: The Arts, Education, Environment, Religion, Social Services. The Foundation does not consider contributions to annual drives, capital campaigns, research, or the support of on–going programs. The Foundation supports org…

Hasan Family Foundation

Founded in 1993, the Hasan Family Foundation’s original mission was to fund educational and health initiatives in Southern Colorado. In terms of education, the Hasan Family Foundation has a keen interest in projects that promote education in the arts. Since 2001, the foundation has expanded this mission to include funding programs which bring a better understanding of the Muslim and South Asian cultures to the people of the United States.

Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

The Foundation seeks to meet peoples’ needs regardless of sex, age, race or religion. Areas of funding interest include Community and Social Services, Youth, Health, Seniors, Education, Civic and Culture. The Foundation makes grants primarily in the state of Colorado.

Inasmuch Foundation

The Inasmuch Foundation was established in 1982 for charitable, scientific and educational projects primarily in Oklahoma; however, the Foundation supports select projects in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Foundation consistently provides funding and support to educational, health and human service, cultural, artistic, historical and environmental concerns. This funding is not available to individuals, but is available to formal organizations seeking capi…

Intel Foundation - AZ, CA, CO, MA, NM, OR, UT, WA

The Intel Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide. By providing funding for national and localized grants, the foundation helps fuel innovation in classrooms, empower women and underserved youth, and enables Intel employees to serve the needs of their communities. The goals of the Intel Foundation are to increase interest in math and science education, and to help develop a fut…

Intel US Community Grants

The Intel Community Grants program is focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide. By providing funding for national and localized grants, the foundation helps fuel innovation in classrooms, empower women and underserved youth, and enables Intel employees to serve the needs of their communities. The goals of the Intel Community Grants are to increase interest in math and science education, and to help develop a future workf…

Janus Foundation

While we recognize there are many diverse nonprofit organizations providing invaluable services to the community, the Janus Foundation has elected to focus on the three following giving areas: at–risk youth through education; community service and volunteerism; cultural institutions in the Denver–metro area. If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Janus Foundation, please download the Grant Guidelines & Application Process do…

Jefferson Foundation - Lakewood, Colorado

The Jefferson Foundation’s mission is to support Jeffco Public Schools in preparing all students for a successful future. In 2009–2010, we are funding after school, athletics, activities and life skills programs that address our goals of closing achievement gaps and increasing graduation rates. Programs that do not specifically address these goals or that do not serve Jeffco Public Schools’ students, schools or staff will not be competitive…

Johnson Family Foundation - CO, NY, PA, VT

The Johnson Family Foundation operates national grantmaking programs in the areas of environmental health and LGBT issues, as well as place–based grantmaking programs in the State of Vermont; New York City and Long Island, NY; the City of Pittsburgh, PA; and the Town of Telluride, CO.

Kerr Foundation

The Kerr Foundation supports 501(c)3 organizations, programs and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunity to those within the granting areas, particularly the young. We believe that this is best accomplished in the areas of education, health, cultural development and community service. While preference is given to Oklahoma organizations and institutions, we recognize that such located outside the state and region can also have a beneficial imp…

Vodafone-US Foundation - Denver, SF Bay Area

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ supports programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metro Denver Areas with a focus on the following priorities: Strengthening Families, Supporting Children and Youth, Leadership Development, Civic Participation & Urban Issues, The Arts, Special Projects, The Wireless Innovation Project. If you feel that your organization fits with the Foundation’s giving and geographic priorities and would like to infor…

Western Colorado Community Foundation

The Western Colorado Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established by local community leaders in 1996. Our mission is to promote charitable giving, build and manage charitable endowment funds for community good, and provide grants, scholarships and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado. Generally, the Foundation serves the communities west of the Continental Divide in western Colorado, with a special…

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund - PA, CO, NV, IL, NY, Wash DC, VA

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund brings our vision to life through grantmaking in three program areas including Healthcare and Medical Research; Education, and Community Programs for Those Most Vulnerable. We give priority to programs that have demonstrated success, measurable outcomes, have a plan for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering. The McGowan Charitable Fund restricts its grants to the following areas: Northeast Pen…

Wolcott Family Foundation - Colorado

WOLFF focuses its funding in the areas of social change and environmental stewardship, with emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations for which a small grant can make a real contribution. It is a three generation, family–run organization, convinced of the power of small groups to make a significant difference in helping people change their world.

Women's Foundation of Colorado

At The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, our goal is that every woman in Colorado is economically self–sufficient, and every girl in Colorado is on the path to economic self–sufficiency. Our mission to get there is to build resources and lead change so that the women and girls of Colorado are full and equal participants in society. Through the Direct Service Fund, the Foundation is funding programs in Education, Job Training and Financial Li…

Womens Foundation of Colorado

At The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, our goal is that every woman in Colorado is economically self–sufficient, and every girl in Colorado is on the path to economic self–sufficiency. Our mission to get there is to build resources and lead change so that the women and girls of Colorado are full and equal participants in society. Through the Direct Service Fund, the Foundation is funding programs in Education, Job Training and Financial Li…

Xcel Energy Foundation - CO, MN, MI, NM, ND, SD, TX, WI

The Xcel Energy Foundation invests in local communities throughout our service territory through focus area grants supporting education, the environment, economic sustainability and arts and culture. Applying to the Xcel Energy Foundation is a two–step process. Interested 501(c)(3) organizations may submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI) by the deadline for the appropriate focus area.