Applications are now open for the Telluride Foundation’s Community Grants Program to support local organizations that are addressing community issues consistent with their mission.
- 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. Grants are awarded in seven focus areas: Arts & Culture, Early Childhood Development, Education, Athletics, Health, Human Services, and Environment & Animals.
- 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.
The Telluride Foundation will consider grant applications from organizations meeting the following eligibility requirements:
- 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/