Grants

2024 Community Trust Request for Proposals

Solicitud Para Propuestas: Community Trust 2024 en español aquí
 

Overview

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. Boulder County community members review grant applications and make funding recommendations. Community Foundation staff manage the review process, lead committee meetings, and present Community Foundation leadership with the committees’ grant recommendations.

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. Changes to Community Trust include:

  • 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) will be accepted until 5:00pm on May 2, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Future reporting will be more flexible. 2024 grantees will be 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 Priorities

Organizations and entities serving Boulder County are invited to apply for funding. Please note: Grants from Community Trust are exclusively for proposed activities in Boulder County and/or for the benefit of Boulder County residents. Applicants should speak to how proposed activities will impact Boulder County in the application.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organizations committed to equitable outcomes for historically marginalized populations.
  • Organizations informed by historically marginalized community members and those with lived experience in the design and delivery of programs.

Note:  We define historically marginalized populations to include an expansive group of people who are most impacted by discrimination, structural racism, inequity, and systemic bias. This list includes, but is not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, immigrants (including people who are undocumented), people experiencing language barriers, isolated older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income individuals and families.
 

Community Trust Areas

Organizations are invited to submit one application to one of the following areas. Please choose the area that most closely aligns with your mission.

icon ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE  
Supports pressing needs and concerns related to animal care and welfare in Boulder County. This includes ensuring that income is not a barrier to accessing programs or services and support for animals and their people affected by hardships. This includes organizations with concrete wildfire or disaster preparedness plans.

icon ARTS AND CULTURE
Supports organizations and/or programs helping shape cultural narratives. Efforts to make meaning, heal, and amplify often ignored or unheard voices, accelerate positive change, imagine a better future, add power to social change, and give us hope in times of hardship will be considered. We are focused on supporting work dedicated to access, inclusion, and amplification of arts and culture for historically marginalized groups.

icon CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Aids efforts that support an informed, inclusive, and engaged community with equitable outcomes for historically marginalized community members in Boulder County. We are committed to work organized and designed by communities that support collective actions to address community issues.

icon EDUCATION
Supports educational growth and advancement of students of all ages. We are committed to work addressing bias in education systems, efforts that ensure historically marginalized students succeed, access to high quality early care and learning, equitable post-secondary pathways, and adult education.

icon ENVIRONMENT
Supports efforts that improve the environment and address equity. This includes environmental education, enhancements, advocacy, energy conservation efforts, preventing the impacts of natural disasters, soil health initiatives, and efforts related to climate change.
 
icon HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Focuses on individual and family needs across the County that address equity. This includes efforts that contribute to basic needs, such as food, housing, and material stability. Organizations that enhance human well-being, such as behavioral health and physical health will also be considered.
 

Community Trust 2024 Timeline

Please note the deadline for proposals.

Community TrustAnimal care and welfare; arts and culture; civic engagement; education; environment; health and human services
4/1/2024Request for proposals release
5/2/2024Proposals due at 5:00pm
Mid-AugustGrant announcements

 

Grant Application Information

Applications for Community Trust are due by 5 p.m. on May 2, 2024. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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

All required items must be completed for your application to be accepted.


Eligibility

  • Any nonprofit organization with an IRS 501(c)(3) public charities (not private operating or non-operating foundations) or any governmental or public entity can apply. Groups or organizations that do not have IRS 501(c)(3) designation may do so with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Grantees must use grant proceeds only for the stated purpose of the grant or for charitable and educational activities consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt status.
  • Grants from Community Trust are exclusively for activities or projects in Boulder County and/or for the benefit of Boulder County residents.
  • Community Foundation Boulder County does not make grants to organizations where grant money from our discretionary or field of interest funds would be used to further a particular religious doctrine.

     
 

Staff contact: Sarah Mikkelsen, Grants Manager.

 

 

2024 Community Trust Request for Proposals

Solicitud Para Propuestas: Community Trust 2024 en español aquí
 

Overview

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. Boulder County community members review grant applications and make funding recommendations. Community Foundation staff manage the review process, lead committee meetings, and present Community Foundation leadership with the committees’ grant recommendations.

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. Changes to Community Trust include:

  • 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) will be accepted until 5:00pm on May 2, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Future reporting will be more flexible. 2024 grantees will be 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 Priorities

Organizations and entities serving Boulder County are invited to apply for funding. Please note: Grants from Community Trust are exclusively for proposed activities in Boulder County and/or for the benefit of Boulder County residents. Applicants should speak to how proposed activities will impact Boulder County in the application.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organizations committed to equitable outcomes for historically marginalized populations.
  • Organizations informed by historically marginalized community members and those with lived experience in the design and delivery of programs.

Note:  We define historically marginalized populations to include an expansive group of people who are most impacted by discrimination, structural racism, inequity, and systemic bias. This list includes, but is not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, immigrants (including people who are undocumented), people experiencing language barriers, isolated older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income individuals and families.
 

Community Trust Areas

Organizations are invited to submit one application to one of the following areas. Please choose the area that most closely aligns with your mission.

icon ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE  
Supports pressing needs and concerns related to animal care and welfare in Boulder County. This includes ensuring that income is not a barrier to accessing programs or services and support for animals and their people affected by hardships. This includes organizations with concrete wildfire or disaster preparedness plans.

icon ARTS AND CULTURE
Supports organizations and/or programs helping shape cultural narratives. Efforts to make meaning, heal, and amplify often ignored or unheard voices, accelerate positive change, imagine a better future, add power to social change, and give us hope in times of hardship will be considered. We are focused on supporting work dedicated to access, inclusion, and amplification of arts and culture for historically marginalized groups.

icon CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Aids efforts that support an informed, inclusive, and engaged community with equitable outcomes for historically marginalized community members in Boulder County. We are committed to work organized and designed by communities that support collective actions to address community issues.

icon EDUCATION
Supports educational growth and advancement of students of all ages. We are committed to work addressing bias in education systems, efforts that ensure historically marginalized students succeed, access to high quality early care and learning, equitable post-secondary pathways, and adult education.

icon ENVIRONMENT
Supports efforts that improve the environment and address equity. This includes environmental education, enhancements, advocacy, energy conservation efforts, preventing the impacts of natural disasters, soil health initiatives, and efforts related to climate change.
 
icon HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Focuses on individual and family needs across the County that address equity. This includes efforts that contribute to basic needs, such as food, housing, and material stability. Organizations that enhance human well-being, such as behavioral health and physical health will also be considered.
 

Community Trust 2024 Timeline

Please note the deadline for proposals.

Community TrustAnimal care and welfare; arts and culture; civic engagement; education; environment; health and human services
4/1/2024Request for proposals release
5/2/2024Proposals due at 5:00pm
Mid-AugustGrant announcements

 

Grant Application Information

Applications for Community Trust are due by 5 p.m. on May 2, 2024. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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

All required items must be completed for your application to be accepted.


Eligibility

  • Any nonprofit organization with an IRS 501(c)(3) public charities (not private operating or non-operating foundations) or any governmental or public entity can apply. Groups or organizations that do not have IRS 501(c)(3) designation may do so with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Grantees must use grant proceeds only for the stated purpose of the grant or for charitable and educational activities consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt status.
  • Grants from Community Trust are exclusively for activities or projects in Boulder County and/or for the benefit of Boulder County residents.
  • Community Foundation Boulder County does not make grants to organizations where grant money from our discretionary or field of interest funds would be used to further a particular religious doctrine.

     
 

Staff contact: Sarah Mikkelsen, Grants Manager.