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Grants to Colorado Non-Profits & Public Agencies to Promote Community Development & Self-Sufficiency


Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado

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Anschutz Family Foundation Grants

Anschutz Family Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149155

Grant Description

Grants generally ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Colorado non-profit organizations and public agencies that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self-respect. Organizations are encouraged to contact the Foundation prior to application to determine eligibility. The bulk of the Foundation’s grants are made in the following categories: improving the lives of individuals, promoting self-sufficiency, and community development.

The Foundation encourages endeavors that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. The Foundation provides funding for programs and services in Colorado and aims for an even distribution of grants between organizations serving Colorado’s rural and urban communities.

The Foundation devotes much of its grantmaking to basic human needs. Funding resources are generally concentrated in the following areas:

-Civic, Community and Capacity Building
-Economic Development
-Crisis Intervention
-Humane Animal Services
-Low Income Housing
-Senior Programs
-Youth Development/Children

Recognizing that organizational infrastructure is a necessity, the Foundation welcomes requests for general operating support and efforts designed to promote increased organizational capacity. The Foundation also accepts requests for specific programs. The Foundation occasionally issues a challenge grant instead of an outright grant.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization or be operating under the umbrella of another 501(c)(3) organization or be a tax-supported institution such as a school or government agency.

Not Supported:
-Arts and culture
-Candidates for political office
-Capital requests. (On rare occasions the Foundation funds capital campaigns for organizations in rural Colorado with missions that closely align with the Foundation’s interests. Applicants are strongly advised to first submit a letter of inquiry to gauge the Foundation’s interest in reviewing a capital campaign request.)
-Debt reduction
-Graduate and post-graduate research
-Grants to individuals
-Health care, specific disease and mental health agencies
-Multi-year grants
-Organizations with an annual budget exceeding $5 million
-Organizations with an interim Executive Director/CEO
-Policy, advocacy or research
-Programs outside of Colorado
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Special events, promotions or conferences
-Start-up organizations
-Type III Supporting Organizations under IRS Section 509(a)(3). If this applies to you please contact the Foundation for further instructions.

Please note: organizations that receive funding for two consecutive years are required to take a year off before re-applying.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant proposals should be submitted electronically from the online portal by 5:00 PM MST on the grant deadline. Full application instructions and the portal may be found here:

Capital requests are generally not funded; applicants requesting capital support are advised to submit an online letter of inquiry prior to application.

If you have any doubt about whether or not your proposal fits within the Foundation's guidelines, please send a letter of inquiry (online form available on our website) or call by phone.

Grant application cover letters may be addressed to:

Ms. Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
Chair and President
Anschutz Family Foundation
555 17th Street, Suite 2400
Denver, CO 80202

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically grants are in the $5,000 to $10,000 range; but generally no greater than ten percent of an organization's annual budget.

Term of Contract:

One year.

Contact Information:

Ms. Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Chair and President

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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