Applicants are now invited to submit applications for the Telluride Foundation’s Community Grants Program 2020.
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The Telluride Foundation awards annual grants to nonprofits and local governmental entities serving people living or working in San Miguel County, including Rico and Ouray and West Montrose counties.
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Grants are awarded in seven focus areas:
- Arts & Culture
- Early Childhood Development
- Human Services
- Environment & Animals.
Types of Support
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- Grants may be submitted annually for general operating, existing and new programs and projects, conferences and seminars, consulting services, matching funds, technical assistance, and start-up funds. One request from multiple organizations to support a collaborative project is also accepted.
- Grants fall generally in the range of $500 to $40,000 and depend on the funds available for distribution in any given year as well as the nature of each request.
- If you received a grant in the prior year and you intend to ask for more than you received previously, you should support your new larger request with significant data or reasons to support the requested increase.
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- The Foundation does not fund debt reduction or retiring past operating deficits, fellowships or other grants to individuals, loans, non-educational publications, litigation, political campaigns, operating support for organizations that conduct lobbying or political action campaigns, economic development, endowment funds, religious organizations for religious purposes, graduate and post-graduate research or candidates seeking political office.
The Grants Committee uses the following criteria to review applications. These criteria are not exclusive, and the Committee and Board of Directors reserves the right to use its own best judgment when making final grant award decisions. Priority is given to:
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- Well-run, financially sound organizations. For example, strong board participation and stable management, diverse sources of revenues and earned income opportunities.
- Organizations whose mission and proposed project addresses a current and proven public need for people living and/or working in the Telluride Foundation’s service area.
- Applicants that demonstrate strong community support for their organization, its mission and projects. For example, broad and diverse community funding sources and the utilization of a wide range of community resources; the number of diverse participants in involved in program, project or organization, including local residents serving on their board.
- Organizations that show an effective and efficient delivery of program services. For example, greater than 60% of the organization expenses are spent on program services.
The Telluride Foundation will consider grant applications from organizations meeting the following eligibility requirements:
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- Conduct activities and programs consistent with the Foundation’s mission of enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors and workforce of the Telluride region.
- Serve people living or working in San Miguel, Ouray, West Montrose counties and Rico.
- Qualify as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code or operate as a local government or one of their subsidiaries.
- Applicants without 501(c)( 3) status, but which have applied to the IRS for such status, may apply. A receipt letter from the IRS of application is required at time of application. However, if awarded a grant, funds will not be released to the organization until the 501(c)(3) status has been conferred.
- Applicants without 501(c)(3) status, but which are operating under an organization qualified as a 501(c)(3) may apply separately if they have their own advisory board and have the written consent of the qualified organization.
- In that case, the application must contain a letter of agreement between the two organizations which sets forth the responsibilities of each. An operating relationship is one in which two organizations have an ongoing or intended relationship with each other. In no case shall the organization holding the 501(c)(3) status charge the other organization a fee for acting as the fiscal agent of more than 8% of the total grant awarded.
For more information, visit https://telluridefoundation.org/nonprofits/community-grants/