The Anschutz Family Foundation is seeking applications from Colorado nonprofit organizations for its grant program. The Foundation’s mission is purposely broad, allowing it to support endeavours that strengthen families and communities and help individuals become productive and responsible citizens.
The Foundation has a special interest in self-sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled. The Foundation is also dedicated to funding efforts in rural Colorado.
- Homeless & Disadvantaged;
- Youth Development;
- Early Childhood Development;
- Community & Capacity Building;
- Crisis Intervention;
- Typical grants range between $5,000-$10,000 but do not exceed 10 per cent of an organization’s annual budget.
- General operating or program/project requests within the funding areas are accepted.
- Challenge or matching grants are issued on occasion in our spring funding cycle, generally not by request but rather when the Foundation feels it would be beneficial to the organization.
- Arts and culture;
- Capital campaigns;
- Education (primary or secondary);
- Endowments, debt reduction, or loans;
- Grants to individuals;
- Healthcare, mental health or disease-specific;
- Multi-year grants;
- Organizations with annual budgets in excess of $5 million;
- Organizations in leadership transition (i.e. interim director);
- Organizations that discriminate in any way;
- Political causes, candidates, or campaigns;
- Public policy, advocacy, or research;
- Start-up organizations;
- Programs outside of Colorado;
- Religious organizations for religious purposes;
- Special events, conferences, or promotions;
- Type III supporting organizations under IRC Section 509(a)(3).
What the Foundation Looks For?
- Alignment with the Foundation’s mission and interests;
- Clearly presented goals, objectives and strategies;
- Provision of unduplicated needed programs and services;
- Sustainable and diversified funding streams;
- Solid financial statements and cash reserves;
- Demonstrated financial need;
- Proven track record of success with positive outputs and outcomes;
- Effective and qualified leadership;
- Engaged and committed board of directors with 100% making a meaningful financial contribution to the organization;
- Strong, effective and ongoing organization and program evaluation;
- Community buy-in and support evidenced through donations, volunteer engagement, collaborations and partnerships;
- Utilization of best practices and principles across all levels of the organization.
- The organization must be classified as one of the following:
- A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity;
- Independent sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit acting as a fiscal sponsor;
- Government or tax-supported public entity.
- Activities or programs must take place in Colorado.
- The Foundation’s online grant application follows the Colorado Common Grant Application (CGA) format. Please review all of their eligibility requirements & guidelines, funding areas & restrictions, and past grants before starting an application. They encourage you to call, email or submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) if you have any questions.
- Applications must be submitted online (preferred) or received in their office by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted. If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application is due the preceding Friday.
- Due to the large volume of grant applications they receive, their review process takes about four months. Your application will be assigned to one of their staff members for review. They will contact you if they have any questions, need additional information or to schedule a site visit. They will communicate the board’s decision about your proposal by mail-in late-May or late-November, depending upon the grant cycle in which you’ve applied.
For more information, visit https://anschutzfamilyfoundation.org/our-grantmaking/