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NEW! Two-Part Application Process

During 2020, both of our statewide, responsive grant cycles resulted in more applications than ever before, far exceeding our capacity to fund. We understand how much work you put into completing the application and how critical funding is to your work and the lives of the children, youth and families you serve. 

After much consideration, we’ve divided our application into two parts. Part 1 requests basic information about the proposal and includes seven questions that will help our philanthropy team assess alignment with our grantmaking guiding principles and our focus areas. 

We will communicate decisions about applicants moving forward to Part 2 and applicants being declined within three weeks of the Part 1 deadline. Only applicants moving through to the full review process will be required to submit a full CFC grant application. 

If you’ve applied previously, we know this is a significant departure. We encourage all applicants – new and previous – to attend our upcoming webinar and/or information sessions. During these sessions, you will have time to ask questions about our guiding principles, focus areas and the two-part application process.

We hope the result is a process that is more accessible and responsive to our nonprofit partners.

Register to attend a webinar or information session.
Visit Seeking a Grant for more information about the two-part application. 
Visit Focus Areas for updated information.  
Review our Grantmaking Guiding Principles.

Upcoming Grant Deadline 

Part 1 applications are due Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 5 pm. Part 1 of Caring for Colorado’s grant application is now open – view the Part 1 grant application hereImportant note: You cannot save your work while working on the Part 1 grant application.

We encourage applicants to carefully review the updated instructions on the Seeking a Grant page before beginning the application.

Focus Area Webinar and Info Sessions

Caring for Colorado philanthropy leads are hosting an informational webinar about the Foundation’s Focus Areas on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 1 pm. Register here.

In addition, philanthropy leads are hosting information sessions for each Focus Area to provide in-depth information on the strategies and priorities for each area. Participants will be able to ask general questions about funding and the application process. View session dates and registerSessions are limited to 25 participants so please register as soon as possible.

Recent Grant Awards

In December, the CFC Board of Directors approved 57 grants totaling $2,720,080 million for projects across Colorado. We deeply appreciate the work nonprofits are doing to support and improve the lives of children, youth and families in our state. Read more about the grantees and their work.

As part of our COVID Relief and Recovery funding, Caring for Colorado also awarded 40 grants totaling $800,000 for School Age Engagement and Care being provided by schools, after-school programs and community-based organizations in 25 counties across the state. Read more.