Grants

Community Trust

Community Trust inspires action around current and future needs countywide.

Community Trust is a discretionary grantmaking fund of Community Foundation Boulder County addressing needs throughout Boulder County in the following areas: animal care and welfare, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environment, and health and human services. Community Foundation Boulder County relies on a community-driven grant review process. Boulder County community members review grant applications and make funding recommendations. More than 80 Boulder County community members volunteer over 2,500 hours of their time reviewing proposals and recommending grants. Community Foundation staff manage the review process, lead committee meetings, and present Community Foundation leadership with the committees' grant recommendations.

 

Community Trust grants range between $3,000 and $9,000. Applications are submitted online. Once an application is submitted, an email receipt is sent confirming it was received.

 

In 2021 the Community Foundation asked stakeholders for feedback on the Community Trust grant program. We are grateful to the many partners, donors, and leaders who gave insight and suggestions.

  • Community Trust is no longer divided into two grant cycles. Applications for all areas (animal care and welfare, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environment, and health and human services) are accepted at the same time.
  • In alignment with trust-based philanthropic practices, the grant application and reporting process has been simplified and shortened.
  • Progress reports are no longer needed as part of the Community Trust grant application.
  • Grant awards are for general operating support.
  • Applicants are invited to apply once to Community Trust.
  • Reporting is now more flexible. Grantees are invited to select from a variety of reporting options such as providing pre-existing blog posts, brief written reports, videos, or taking part in a brief conversation with staff.
  • The minimum grant size has increased from $1,000 to $3,000.

 

We will continue to work closely with community members and nonprofit organizations to improve and evolve the grant process.

 

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Community Trust

Community Trust inspires action around current and future needs countywide.

Community Trust is a discretionary grantmaking fund of Community Foundation Boulder County addressing needs throughout Boulder County in the following areas: animal care and welfare, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environment, and health and human services. Community Foundation Boulder County relies on a community-driven grant review process. Boulder County community members review grant applications and make funding recommendations. More than 80 Boulder County community members volunteer over 2,500 hours of their time reviewing proposals and recommending grants. Community Foundation staff manage the review process, lead committee meetings, and present Community Foundation leadership with the committees' grant recommendations.

 

Community Trust grants range between $3,000 and $9,000. Applications are submitted online. Once an application is submitted, an email receipt is sent confirming it was received.

 

In 2021 the Community Foundation asked stakeholders for feedback on the Community Trust grant program. We are grateful to the many partners, donors, and leaders who gave insight and suggestions.

  • Community Trust is no longer divided into two grant cycles. Applications for all areas (animal care and welfare, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environment, and health and human services) are accepted at the same time.
  • In alignment with trust-based philanthropic practices, the grant application and reporting process has been simplified and shortened.
  • Progress reports are no longer needed as part of the Community Trust grant application.
  • Grant awards are for general operating support.
  • Applicants are invited to apply once to Community Trust.
  • Reporting is now more flexible. Grantees are invited to select from a variety of reporting options such as providing pre-existing blog posts, brief written reports, videos, or taking part in a brief conversation with staff.
  • The minimum grant size has increased from $1,000 to $3,000.

 

We will continue to work closely with community members and nonprofit organizations to improve and evolve the grant process.

 

Funding information

Grant cycle timelines

Grantees

Our impact

Donate

 
For more information, contact us.