Funding Opportunities


We fund 501(c)(3) organizations, groups of residents in low-income neighborhoods, and collaborative efforts among groups in the seven-county Metro Denver. Scroll the list of funding opportunities, below, for a preview of these funds.

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Funding Opportunities FAQ

The DESCI Community Housing Program provides monthly portable rent subsidies to eligible Denver Public Schools’ employees, and retirees and members of their immediate families ages 60 and above.

Program participants receive a monthly rental subsidy up to $350 a month. If approved, the rent subsidy will be paid directly to the participant’s property owner/manager and may be used for any property in the Denver Metropolitan area, provided it meets The Denver Foundation’s criteria. The property owner/manager must agree in writing to accept the rent subsidy payment directly.

Rent subsidies are generally awarded in 24-month cycles. There is no limit to the number of times a participant may renew the subsidy, pending verification of continued eligibility.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The DESCI Community Housing Program provides rent subsidies to low-income persons 60 years of age and older who are DPS retirees, current and former employees, and members of their immediate families. To be considered for a subsidy, please complete the Subsidy Application and supply documents to verify eligibility. You will be contacted after your application has been received.

Please visit the DESCI page of our website to learn more. 

The Environmental Affinity Group of The Denver Foundation strives to create a network of informed, engaged, and effective environmental philanthropists to identify, promote and support outstanding environmental action on a wide range of issues in Colorado. The EAG supports environmental and conservation organizations that are using an inclusive approach to educate communities, reach new audiences, and encourage action on climate change.

Grants from the fund typically range from $5,000 – $15,000 and the EAG typically awards a total of $30,000 – $40,000 annually.

If you received a grant from the EAG prior to 2021 and would like to reapply, you will be required to submit a final report on work funded by the previous application.

View a full list of programs supported by the EAG.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 07/25/22 and closed 09/06/22.

  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a 501(c) (3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Application is open to organizations in the SCFD seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.
  • 2020 EAG grantees are not eligible for 2021 funding.

Eulipions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that fosters, promotes, and preserves the artistic expression with an emphasis on Colorado African-American heritage and lifestyles by providing grants to generate, assist, increase and encourage the performing arts in the Colorado African American Communities. 

Grants from the fund typically range from $4,000 – $10,000. Grants given by The Eulipions Fund are very narrowly focused. 

Please submit your application to eulipions@denverfoundation.org

Applications for 2022 are now being accepted. The deadline is September 15. Review the guidelines here. 

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 05/15/22 and closes 09/15/22.

  • Generate, assist, increase and/or encourage performing arts in Colorado African American Communities.
  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. 

The Denver Foundation is pleased to invite qualified nonprofits to apply for funding for The Gorham/McGee Early Learning Fund. The Gorham/McGee Early Learning Fund is a new fund that will support programs that further the education of children aged 0-12 by focusing on:

  • Literacy,
  • Nature and the environment, and/or
  • Arts, including visual arts, music, and theater

Grants from the fund are $5,000. In 2022 the fund will award two grants.

Application opened 05/31/22 and closes 07/11/22.

ELIGIBILITY

Applications are open to organizations that meet the below criteria.

  • Your work must connect with the mission of the Gorham/McGee Early Learning Fund.
  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a 501(c) (3) fiscal sponsor.
  • This application is open to organizations in the state of Colorado.

The Greenwood Fund supports the conservation of museum artifacts and collections-care projects within Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Grants are available annually. Priority is given to smaller museums.

Grant size typically ranges from $1,000 – $3,000, with $3,000 as the maximum amount awarded.

Preference will go to museums with 501 (c)(3) status and permanent collections on exhibit to the public.

Application opens 06/27/22 and closes 08/22/22.

NOTE: The deadline has been extended until August 22, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The museum must be located in Colorado, Wyoming, or New Mexico.
  • The museum must have current 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
  • The organization must have a budget equal to or less than $750,000.
  • Other requirements are listed in the RFP.

The Lauren Townsend Memorial Wildlife Fund was established by her family to honor her love for learning and animals. The Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on animal welfare or wildlife preservation.

Smaller nonprofit organizations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Grants from the fund range from $500 – $5,000 and the fund typically awards a total of $15,000 – $20,000 annually. Please contact townsend@denverfoundation.org with questions. No phone calls please.

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 01/15/22 and closed 04/01/22.

  • A brief overview of the organization’s mission, history, and goals.
  • A budget for the project or program that funding is being requested for.

The Lowe Fund is a field of interest fund at The Denver Foundation. Established in the 1960s by the Lowe family, the fund has been managed by The Denver Foundation since 1994. The mission of the Lowe Fund is to provide grants to nonprofits in Colorado that support training, education, and research into the causes, cures, and treatment of developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, and other related nervous and muscular disorders.

Contact lowe@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

ELIGIBILITY

Application opens 06/27/22 and closes 08/08/22.

  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Your work must align with the mission of the Lowe Fund.
  • Your nonprofit must operate in the state of Colorado. 

The Renewable Energy Trust (RET), a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation, supports renewable energy projects for Colorado nonprofit organizations and public entities. These renewable energy projects help nonprofit and public organizations offset their energy costs, allowing savings to be reinvested in community programs.

RET projects also help educate and inform the public about the benefits of renewable energy, and reduce the carbon footprint of the facilities where they are installed.

Grants from the fund typically range from $15,000 – $40,000.

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 09/06/22 and closes 10/18/22.

  • The grant recipient is a public or nonprofit organization.
  • The project will not be used for commercial or individual benefit.
  • The geographic location of the project is within Xcel Energy’s service area in Colorado, with a priority given to electric customers. 

Strengthening Neighborhoods awards grants are usually a maximum of $5,000. The average grant size is $2,500. Grants are made directly to residents for use in resident-led projects that address one or more of our goals.

All proposed projects must be planned and led by three or more unrelated residents of the neighborhood.

Projects must make use of the strengths and assets that already exist in the community, such as residents’ skills or neighborhood institutions (like businesses, schools, churches, or parks). Please review the application guidelines before beginning your application. Contact dportillo@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

Strengthening Neighborhoods Application Guidelines (ENG)

Strengthening Neighborhoods Application Guidelines (ESP)

ELIGIBILITY

A community group does NOT need to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to apply.

Technical Assistance (TA) at The Denver Foundation is developmental support that enables you to do your work more effectively. Technical Assistance activities build new skills and provide information that will help your organization change and grow. The Denver Foundation recognizes the need for continued support after receiving an initial grant. 

Technical Assistance at The Denver Foundation is focused on helping current grantees. Eligible organizations must have received a grant—within the last three years—from The Denver Foundation. Grants range from $500 to $6,000.

Technical Assistance grants will not be made for activities that will begin or be completed before the grant is awarded. Please be sure to allow for up to six weeks for review when planning and scheduling your project. Contact ta@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

View a list of Technical Assistance Consultants used by grantees of the program.

More info about Technical Assistance.

No due dates. We consider requests for Technical Assistance at The Denver Foundation TA requests are considered on an ongoing basis.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The organization has received a grant—within the last three years—from The Denver Foundation. 
  • The grant work will serve the seven-county Metro Denver region, which includes Adams, Arapahoe,  Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. 
  • The organization is aligned with our core values of racial equity and community leadership. Please see an overview of our core values on pages 6 and 7 of the Community Grants Guidelines.
  • For organizations with operating revenues of more than $500,000 (based on most recently completed fiscal year-end statements), 20% of the proposed project budget must be contributed by the organization.  For example, if a project has a budget of $3,000, the organization must contribute $600 toward expenses.