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. Our Fall Grants Cycle will soon be open and includes funding opportunities from the Community Grants Program, the Lowe Fund, and the new Civic Fabric Fund. Scroll the list of funding opportunities, below, for a preview of these funds.

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Funding Opportunities FAQ

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

  • 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 22. Review the guidelines here. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.

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 the museum community of Colorado and Wyoming. Grants are available annually and the Greenwood Fund gives priority to smaller museums.

Grant size typically ranges from $1000 – $3,000, with $3,000 as the maximum amount awarded.

Preference will go to museums 501-C3 status, that have permanent collections on exhibit to the public.

ELIGIBILITY

It is preferred that applications be submitted in a single PDF attachment via email to greenwoodfund@denverfoundation.org.

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

  • 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

  • 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 non-profit organizations and public entities. The installed renewable energy projects help nonprofit and public organizations offset their energy costs, allowing energy savings to be reinvested in many community programs.

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

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

ELIGIBILITY

  • The grant recipient is a public or not for 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. 

Administered by his three children, the Foundation seeks to continue Mr. Kelley’s pursuit of enhanced business and cultural education in the Rocky Mountain region. The fund’s focus is on programs providing and improving economic education, providing behavioral services, and serving children’s health. At this time only previously funded organizations are eligible to apply by INVITATION ONLY

Grants from the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund typically range from $1,000 – $5,000.

ELIGIBILITY

At this time only previously funded organizations are eligible to apply by INVITATION ONLY and the fund is not currently open to new requests or inquiries. The fund’s focus is on programs providing and improving economic education, providing behavioral services, and serving children’s health.

 

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) funding from The Denver Foundation is focused on helping current grantees. When you receive a grant from the Community Grant Program, you are eligible for TA. TA requests are considered on an ongoing basis. Grants range from $500 to $6,000.

TA grants will not be made for activities that will begin or be completed before the TA 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. 

More info about Technical Assistance.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for a Technical Assistance grant your organization must have received a grant within the last three years from The Denver Foundation.