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Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund Grants

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits for Education, Healthcare
Access, and Environmental Protection Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Boulder County - Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/20/17 5:00 PM MST - for the Health focus area only


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of high-quality education, access to health care, environmental awareness and protection, and healthy and diverse communities. Letters of Intent are due by September 5, 2017.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

Access to High Quality Education:
Includes early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary education, with a focus on programs that serve at-risk, underserved, and out of school youth.

Diverse/Healthy Communities:
Includes programs that promote economically self-sufficient families and individuals; organizations that promote inclusion and provide support to individuals experiencing hardship and challenges due to homelessness, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation, military service, disabilities, and aging.

Environmental Protection and Awareness:
Includes programs that provide environmental education to youth and adults, and promote environmental protection and preservation.

Includes programs with a focus on low-income, underinsured, or uninsured children and individuals.

Grants awarded will be the following types of requests:
- General Operating Support
- Project/Program Support*
- Challenge/Matching Support

*Note: It is recommended that new prospective grantees apply for program support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170595

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The JPF Gift Fund supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado.

Grants will be given only to public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Groups with 509(a)(1) and 509(a)(4) status are also eligible, since both of these designations are sub-categories of the 501(c)(3) status.

Grants are not made to the following:
- Capital improvements
- Individual Scholarship requests
- Events, annual campaigns, membership drives, or conferences
- Individuals
- Retirement of debt
- Loans
- Litigation
- Legislative lobbying or support of political candidates
- Outside of the grant cycle

Note: Generally, grants are not made to organizations outside the state of Colorado. Exceptions may be made only at the discretion of the Grants Advisory Committee.

The Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation, in any of its funding decisions.

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Process:

The Foundation is requesting all grantees use the revised Colorado Common Grant Application found at:

The grant process includes a one to two-page Letter of Interest (LOI.)

The LOI Submission:
- Describe your organization’s mission, programs, and target population served as well as the type of grant you are requesting.
- No longer than one to two pages.
- Along with the LOI, please attach your organization’s current-year operating budget, the requested program budget (include both itemized income and expenses) and the 501c3 determination letter from the IRS.
- The LOI and required materials must be emailed to in one PDF attachment.
- Please include your organization’s name in the PDF title.
- All organizations must submit a LOI every year regardless of prior year funding from the JPF Gift Fund.

The grants committee will review the LOIs and respond to all interested organizations within two weeks of the LOI deadline, either inviting them to complete the Colorado Common Grant Application (CCG) or informing the organization that we will not be requesting a full application from them.

Access to High Quality Education:
LOI Deadline: February 6, 2017 by 5pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: February 22, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: March 22, 2017 by 5 pm (MST)

Diverse/Healthy Communities:
LOI Deadline: June 5, 2017 by 5 pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: June 21, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: July 21, 2017 by 5 pm (MST)

Health and Environmental Protection and Awareness:
LOI Deadline: September 5, 2017 by 5 pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: September 20, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: October 20, 2017 by 5 pm (MST)

Contact Information:

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

Send all application materials to:

Gina Nocera, Executive Director
Phone: 303.865.3980

Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund
P.O. Box 4659
Boulder, CO 80306

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado

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