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Anschutz Family Foundation Grants

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Self-Sufficiency and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Anschutz Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Colorado nonprofits and government agencies for programs and projects that strengthen families and communities and help individuals become productive and responsible citizens. The funding source strongly encourages submission of an LOI or a telephone conversation at least three weeks prior to the deadline. The funding source has a special interest in self-sufficiency, community development, and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly, and the disabled. The Foundation is also dedicated to funding efforts in rural Colorado.

Anschutz Family Foundation typically provides grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations offering programs and services that fit within one or more of the following grant funding areas:

- Self-Sufficiency
- Homeless and Disadvantaged
- Youth Development
- Early Childhood Development
- Community and Capacity Building
- Crisis Intervention
- Seniors
- Disabled

Please Note:

- General operating or program/project requests within the Foundation's funding areas are accepted.
- Challenge or matching grants are issued on occasion during the Spring funding cycle, generally not by request, but rather when the Foundation feels it would be beneficial to the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173430

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Generally, the Foundation does not support multi-year requests.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization must be classified as one of the following:

- A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity
- Independent sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit acting as a fiscal sponsor
- Government or tax-supported public entity

Activities or programs must take place in Colorado.

The Foundation does not typically fund:

- Organizations with annual budgets in excess of $5 million
- Organizations in leadership transition (i.e. interim director)
- Education (primary or secondary)
- Health care, mental health or specific disease
- Start-ups
- Arts and culture
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Capital campaigns/building construction
- Grants to individuals
- Multi-year commitments
- Debt reduction or loans
- Endowments or reserves
- Special events, sponsorships, promotions or conferences
- Organizations that discriminate in any way
- Policy, advocacy or research
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Type III supporting organizations under IRC section 509(a)(3)

Pre-Application Information:

Additional Information:

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Steps to Apply:

Step 1: Review the funding guidelines (see links above) to determine whether or not your proposal matches the Foundation's areas of interest and funding priorities

Step 2: Submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) or give the Foundation a call (optional).

Note: Although not required, the Foundation strongly recommends this step for first-time applicants, those who have been turned down in the past, or those who are uncertain of fit and alignment with the Foundation’s interests. A letter of inquiry submitted within three weeks of a grant deadline may not be reviewed until the following grant cycle.

Step 3: Create an online account or login to the online portal to begin a new grant application and take a brief eligibility quiz (have your federal tax ID number handy).

Step 4: Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Colorado Common Grant Application (CGA). The CGA template includes a list of required attachments and narrative questions. You are now ready to begin preparing your application materials. Helpful resources and templates are also attached below.

Step 5: Complete the online application and upload your documents.

Login to your online account to complete and submit your application by 5 p.m. on either of the two annual deadline dates (January 15 or August 1).

Note: If a deadline date falls on a weekend, proposals are due the preceding Friday. If you are unable to complete the proposal in one sitting, you have the ability to save the form and return to complete it at a later time. You can access your account from the Grantee Login button at the top of this page or from the link you received via email when your application was saved to finish later.

Fall 2017 Cycle:

Begin accepting applications: May 26, 2017
Application Deadline (5 p.m.): August 1, 2017
Grant Decisions will be made: November 16, 2017

Spring 2018 Cycle:

Begin accepting applications: Late-November 2017
Application Deadline (5 p.m.): January 15, 2018
Grant Decisions will be made: Late-May 2018

Please Note:

- Only one application per organization is accepted per calendar year.
- A final report for any previously awarded grant is required before a new request is considered.
- Faxed or emailed applications are not accepted.

Contact Information:

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

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Elaine England, Grants Manager

Anschutz Family Foundation
555 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2400
Denver, Colorado 80202

Phone: 303-293-2338
Fax: 303-299-1235

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado