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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies to Support
Programs that Benefit Residents of the Telluride Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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Telluride Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/22/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $40,000 to Colorado nonprofits and agencies for programs that address community issues in the Telluride area. Programs may align with the following areas of focus: athletics, childcare, the arts, land conservation, education, minority programs, environmental, and other community-based efforts.

Additionally, the Foundation provides local nonprofits with technical assistance, such as training seminars, grant writing, and consulting and capacity building services.

Current types of support include general operating support; existing and new programs and projects; conferences and seminars; consulting services; matching funds; technical assistance (TA); start┬Čup funds; joint requests from multiple applicants.

Technical Assistance Grants
Applicants may also apply for a technical assistance grant, which can be used to improve operational efficiencies. The Grants Committee may also offer an applicant organization a technical assistance grant rather than or in addition to a cash grant award.

Capital Requests
Capital costs are defined as those expenditures associated with the construction of any building or edifice, including costs related to preliminary studies, overhead, planning and design costs, architectural fees, engineering fees and any other so called "soft costs," including development, fundraising and other initial costs of a capital campaign. Capital requests can also cover the cost of large depreciable equipment.

The Telluride Foundation has made a strong commitment to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of early childhood education as well as school age care and education programs for families in local communities.
Programs that receive Foundation support for early childhood programming and scholarships are expected to:
1. Assess pre-kindergarten children in the fall and spring using "Teaching Strategies Gold" and report outcomes from those assessments in your final report
2. Participate in the "Colorado Shines" quality rating system. Anticipated expenses related to achieving a quality rating, including environmental rating scale, student assessment, staff credentialing, and professional development, may be included in the grant proposal. If you have completed a quality rating assessment, please include results and plan for future improvement based on those results.
3. Document your facility's scholarship policies (including any sliding scales used to determine eligibility for financial assistance) as well as your facilities level of participation in the "Colorado Preschool Program" and/or "Colorado Child Care Assistance Program", and/or any other community, state or federal programs that improves accessibility and affordability of early childhood care and education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175783

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants fall generally in the range of $500 to $40,000, depending on the amount available for distribution. First time applicants are encouraged to seek a modest request.

Term of Contract:

Although most grants are made for one-year time periods, the Grants Committee will consider multi-year requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Telluride Foundation will consider grant applications from organizations meeting the following eligibility requirements:

1. Conduct activities and programs consistent with the Foundation's mission of enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors and workforce of the Telluride region.

2. Serve people living or working in San Miguel County. Primary emphasis of grant making is to organizations based in San Miguel, Ouray, west Montrose Counties, and Rico; all other organizations must document a strong case to meet "serving people that live and or work in San Miguel County."

3. Qualified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code or operating as a local government or one of their subsidiaries.

Applicants without 501(c)( 3) status, but which have applied to the IRS for such status, may apply. Receipt letter from the IRS of application is required at time of application to the Telluride Foundation. However, if awarded a grant, funds will not be released to the organization until the 501(c)(3) status has been conferred.
Applicants without 501(c)(3) status, but which are operating under an organization qualified as a 501(c)(3) organization, may apply separately if they have their own advisory board and have the written consent of the qualified organization. In that case, the application must contain a letter of agreement between the two organizations, which sets forth the responsibilities of each organization. An operating relationship is one in which the two organizations have an ongoing or intended relationship with each other. In no case shall the organization holding 501(c)(3) status charge the other organization a fee for acting as the fiscal agent of more than 8% of the total grant awarded.

4. Organizations seeking financial aid/scholarships funding must include their application form, financial aid form, and financial aid criteria (including sliding scale if applicable). The Grants Committee will only fund grants for financial aid/scholarships that are limited to recipients who are low-income, qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch, or demonstrate other strong evidence of need.

Once a nonprofit is awarded a capital grant, they are not eligible to apply for additional capital funding for four years.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Listen to a recording of the 2018 Community Grants webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is October 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM MST.

Foundation grants are awarded once a year, at the end of December, with grant awards being distributed during the following year.

To apply for multi-year funding: 1) contact April Montgomery, Vice President, Programs at Telluride Foundation to discuss your application and criteria; and 2) complete the Multi-Year Form, attached below, and upload with your grant application.

Applicants may submit two grant applications only if one is a capital request.

Applicants are requested to take a year off from applying once every five years. Foundation staff and the Grants Committee may make exceptions for emergency/hardship situations or for well-run organizations that are unable to meet best financial performance metrics due to size, service area, or constituents served. Please contact Foundation staff if you would like to be considered for an exception.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

April Montgomery, Grant Administrator

Telluride Foundation
220 E. Colorado Avenue, Suite 106, PO BOX 4222
Telluride, CO 81435

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Telluride area