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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Public School Staff for Educational Materials, Supplies, and Programming Support in Eligible Regions

Durango Education Foundation (DEF) Grants


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Durango Education Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Colorado: Durango School District 9-R

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and PreK-12 public school teachers, staff, and administrators for materials, supplies, and educational programming support in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full application. Grants are intended to assist educators in serving students of all ages, abilities, and academic interest areas in Durango School District 9-R.

The Durango Education Foundation (D.E.F.) is a community organization of dedicated volunteers and paid staff, who together cultivate life-changing academic learning opportunities for Pre-K through Grade 12 students in Durango School District 9-R, and provide resources that positively impact the educational experience of the 9-R community.

Types of Grants:

  • Core Academic Grant: Core Grants support programs, materials, and technology that cultivate life-changing learning opportunities for Durango School District 9-R students. 
  • Crane Music and Fine Arts Grant: This fund supports education in the visual and performing arts. Grants typically funded in this stream include such things as materials, supplies, visiting artists, and equipment.   
  • Student Competition and Travel Grant: This fund offers grants to help academic activity groups build their competition capacity and assist in the cost of academic team travel to regional, national and international competitions.
  • Gretchen's Classroom Grant: Established to honor lifelong educator, Gretchen Wilson, this fund offers modest grants to teachers to help defray costs of classroom projects and materials not otherwise covered by the school budget. 
  • Supplies for Success Grant: In partnership with Dr. Kim Priebe, this grant was established to help students obtain supplies for classroom success when their families find themselves in extenuating circumstances.

For more information about these types of grants, see the Full Grant Text RFP.

Areas Funded:

  • Classroom needs not funded by the 9-R District budget
  • Academic Programs: pilot, innovative, collaborative, and/or regular ongoing
  • Programs to build or reward character, improve study habits, or encourage academic proficiency
  • Education in Visual and/or Performing Arts
  • Professional development expenses that are a part of a larger grant proposal
  • Programs offered by community organizations serving 9-R students


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are open to any teacher, staff member or administrator in Durango School District 9-R. They are also open to other non-profit organizations with programs that serve the students in Durango 9-R.

Additional Geographic Information:


Areas Not Funded:
- Staff, substitutes, and administrative salaries
- Professional development expenses, unless a part of a larger grant proposal
- Items adequately funded or planned to be funded, in the 9-R District budget
- Athletics (e.g. programs, travel, facilities, or equipment)

Pre-Application Information
2023 Fall Grant Cycle Important Dates:
- Application Cycle Opens: October 1, 2023
- Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2023

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
A brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is required prior to completing a full grant application. Yes, you may apply for more than one grant. Submit your LOI as early as possible to allow for sufficient time to be reviewed. LOIs can be submitted at any time. The DEF Executive Director will contact you after your LOI has been reviewed. If your proposal appears to be a good match, you will be invited to submit a full grant application.

Step 2: Apply

- Use of a 9-R facility or incorporation into a 9-R program will require the building supervisor’s permission.
- 9-R Employees: Inform and discuss your application with your Principals and/or Department Heads to ensure your item will not be funded through district funding.
- Technology Requests: Applicants must inquire with 9-R Technology Department to ensure item(s) meet standard lists and infrastructure requirements (i.e. connectivity, Wi-Fi, installation).

Mission and History: https://www.durangoeducationfoundation.or

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Term of Contract
Grants must be fully implemented within one year of award. Exceptions must have DEF approval.

Contact Information
Submit a Letter of Inquire and Apply online:

If you have trouble completing the online application, email the completed application in PDF format to the email address below.

For questions, concerns and more information:
Wendy Allsbrook Javier, DEF Executive Director
Phone: (970) 385-1491

Contact 9-R Grant Coordinator in the 9-R Finance Department at (970) 946-5411 ext. 1416 for help with the overall budget and vendor information.

Durango Education Foundation
201 E. 12th Street, Garden Level
Durango, CO 81301

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