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 to ensure your project, program or organization is a fit; speak to a program lead to discuss your request; and review the steps below.  

Registration and
Contact Change Deadline

Friday, January 24, 2020, at 5 pm

Grant Application Deadline

Friday, February 7, 2020, at 5 pm

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

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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The registration deadline is two weeks before the grant application deadline. The next registration deadline is Friday, January 24, 2020.

Visit the online grants portal to register.

Caring for Colorado processes registrations and sends login information within three business days. 

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.

Caring for Colorado is developing a new application for the February deadline. We will provide details and open the application in December. 


The Foundation will consider grant awards to organizations whose programs or services benefit Colorado and are:  

  • Charitable nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; or
  • Tax-supported institutions including state or local governments or 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
  • Screening programs without a follow-up component
  • Patient assistance funds that cover individual medical, dental or pharmaceutical costs
  • Scholarships

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 will 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.

Declinations — Caring for Colorado receives more proposals than it can fund. Sometimes proposals go through the full review process; however, if the proposal does not fall into Foundation’s focus areas or if an organization is ineligible, the organization will be notified of declination as soon as possible.