Seeking a Grant

Caring for Colorado works to improve the lives of children and families in Colorado through collaboration, partnership, shared knowledge and grantmaking. 

Application Process

Please review our Focus Areas and Grantmaking Guiding Principles to ensure your project, program or organization is a fit; email a program lead with a brief description of your proposal idea to assess alignment; and review the steps below.  

Registration and
Contact Change Deadline

Friday, January 22, 2021, at 5 pm

Grant Application Deadline

Friday, February 5, 2021, at 5 pm

For more information on using the online system, see Grant Portal Tips.

Download a copy of the Grant Application Overview

Register for an Account

Grantseekers must register for access to the online grants portal. If you have previously registered for an account, you do not need to register again. If you have contact updates, complete our Contact Change Form

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Caring for Colorado reviews registrations to determine an organization’s alignment with CFC grantmaking values, focus areas and/or eligibility to apply before processing the registration. Some registrations may be declined based on this review.

Registrations and contact change requests must be submitted two weeks before the grant application deadline. The next registration deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021.

Visit the online grants portal to register.

Submit an Application

Grant applications must be submitted online. Please use Google Chrome as your browser and log into the online grants portal to apply. Follow the directions in the portal to complete the application.

The primary components of the online grant application include:

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Proposal Overview (completed in the online portal):

  • Organization Name
  • Identify if the proposal is a request for general operating support
  • Proposal Title, Proposal Summary, Proposal Outcomes
  • Total Amount Requested
  • Proposal Term in Months
  • Geographic Area Served

Proposal Narrative (form is submitted as an attachment in the portal): The proposal narrative provides a description of the organization and proposal. The narrative is to be six pages or less and includes five sections: organization information, description of proposed work, engagement, learning and assessment and financial.

Program/Project Budget (form is submitted as an attachment in the portal and is NOT required for general operating requests): The budget consists of three parts: projected expenses, projected income and a narrative description of expense items.

Other Required Attachments (submitted as attachments in the portal):

  • Board of Directors – list of the board of directors, with titles
  • Major Contributors – list of the major contributors to the organization and contribution amounts for the previous fiscal year
  • Annual Financials – for the most recently completed fiscal year end, one of the following – Audit (preferred document), IRS form 990/990EZ, or Internal year-end balance sheet and income statement
  • YTD Financial Statements – most recent current year-to-date internal financial statements (Statement of Activities and Balance Sheet) include budget-to-actual data, if available
  • Operating Budget – current-year annual operating budget
  • Optional additional attachment (not required)

If using a Fiscal Agent:

  • Fiscal Sponsor’s most recent fiscal year-end financial statements; audited if available
  • Fiscal Sponsor’s most current year-to-date internal financial statement (Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities) 

Follow the instructions in the portal to upload the required documents.

Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on the deadline date.


Caring for Colorado will consider applications from and awards to organizations who benefit Colorado and are: 

  • Charitable nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; or
  • Tax-supported institutions including state and local governments and schools. 

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Please note: New or emerging organizations are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal agent. The most common type of fiscal agent arrangement is between a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and a non-tax-exempt group. The fiscal agent has the ultimate authority and responsibility to see that the funds are used for the purpose intended; it cannot simply be a pass-through organization.

Caring for Colorado does not fund:

  • For-profit entities
  • Annual appeals or membership drives
  • Financial support for political candidates
  • Scholarships
  • Camps
  • Sports programs
  • Fee-based programming without a robust sliding scale
  • Pregnancy resource centers
  • Research (costs specifically associated with the research process such as design, investigation or analysis)

Grant Review Process

After submission, you will receive an email within 24 hours confirming that your proposal was successfully submitted.  Proposals submitted successfully will be listed as “Under Review” in the portal.  

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Proposal review — Program leads begin their review after submission.

Your organization may be contacted for in-person or remote site visits to further discuss the proposal and the organization’s programs and operations. Program leads may request additional information throughout the process.

The review process takes about four months.

Caring for Colorado receives more proposals than it can fund. If a proposal does not align with the focus areas or an organization is considered ineligible, the applicant will be notified of declination as soon as possible.

Funding recommendations and decisions are made by the Caring for Colorado staff in partnership with our Board of Directors. We notify all grantees of final decisions via phone and email.