Do you make grants to individuals?
The Community Foundation only makes grants to 501(c)(3) chartiable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
Can our organization apply to a Donor Advised Fund?
Grants from Donor Advised funds are made as a result of recommendations from the fund's Donor Advisors. While the Community Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for such funds, we may highlight your organization's needs on our website (see below.)
Will you tell donors about the offerings and needs of our nonprofit organization?
Each month the Community Foundation sends an e-newsletter to our donors and fund advisors. The enewsletter links to the "News from Nonprofits" page of our site, which provides agencies with valuable exposure to our donors and allows our donors to stay up-to-date with current projects and funding needs. To request inclusion on our website, please complete the electronic submission form. Please note that we only highlight 501(c)(3) organizations that primarily serve residents of Larimer County.
How can our agency apply for funding?
To apply for a grant from the Community Foundation, an organization must be a 501c3 organization that directly serves residents of the communities described in the grantmaking criteria.
The Community Foundation's competitive grant cycle typically begins the first week of July when we link the grant application form to the Apply for a Grant page of our website. The deadline for submission of grant applications is typically at the end of the third week of July. Funding decisions are typically completed by late November.
A nonprofit agency may submit one application during our annual competitive grant cycle; the application form will ask you to select the one community to which you would like to apply. Please see the Apply for a Grant page for specific details and deadlines regarding the next competitive grant cycle.
What is the average size of competitive grant awards in recent years?
The size of our competitive grant awards varies a great deal, depending on the size of the fund and the assessment of need. Please keep in mind that less than 2% of our annual grant and program distributions are made as a result of our annual competitive grant cycle. We also would be pleased to spotlight your Northern Colorado nonprofit agency on our website at any time throughout the year. Simply complete our online request form.
Should we contact the Community Foundation to ensure that our grant application was received?
Once you submit your grant application using our online tool, an email message confirming receipt of your submission will be sent to the address you provided. The email is generated automatically so you should receive it soon after your submission. Please be sure to check your spam filter to ensure that the confirmation email was not quarantined.
Should we contact the Community Foundation to ask questions about the competitive grantmaking process?
Thanks in part to helpful feedback from nonprofit agencies, this website provides answers to the most frequently asked questions posed by grant seekers. We encourage you to carefully review the Apply for a Grant page and each of the questions on this page. In the event that you are not able to locate an answer to your question, please email your inquiry to applications@NoCoFoundation.org. Please make sure that your email includes your name, your phone number, your question, and the name of the organization you represent.