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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies to
Support Programs that Benefit Residents

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Telluride Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/19/20 5:00 PM


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Grants up to $40,000 to Colorado nonprofits and local agencies in eligible locations for programs that address community issues. Funding is intended for projects and programs in the following focus areas: early childhood development, athletics, human services, arts and culture, education, health, and environment and animals. Programs must serve people living or working in the Telluride region, including San Miguel, Ouray, West Montrose Counties, and Rico.

Grants may be submitted annually for general operating, existing and new programs and projects, conferences and seminars, consulting services, matching funds, technical assistance, and start-up funds. One request from multiple organizations to support a collaborative project is also accepted.

Financial Aid Applicants: Organizations seeking funding for financial aid/scholarships for their programming must include their participant 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.

Child Care Providers: Funding is awarded to providers using Colorado Shines and Teaching Strategies Gold.

Multi-Year Requests: Although most grants are made for one-year time periods, the Grants Committee will consider multi-year requests. The number of organizations awarded a multi-year grant, and the amount awarded is at the sole discretion of the Grants Committee.

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 cost” including development, fundraising and other initial costs of a capital campaign. Capital requests can also cover the cost of large depreciable equipment. Once a nonprofit is awarded a capital grant, they are not eligible to apply for additional capital funding for four years.

Technical Assistance Grants: Applicants may also apply for technical assistance support which can be used to improve operational efficiencies. You may request technical assistance support as part of your grant application. There is no additional application required. The Grants Committee may also offer an applicant a technical assistance grant rather than – or in addition to, a cash grant award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175783

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants fall generally in the range of $500 to $40,000 and depend on the funds available for distribution in any given year.

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:
- 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.
- Serve people living or working in San Miguel, Ouray, West Montrose Counties, and Rico.
- Qualify as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code or operate 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. A receipt letter from the IRS of application is required at time of application. 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) 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. An operating relationship is one in which two organizations have an ongoing or intended relationship with each other. In no case shall the organization holding the 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.

The Foundation does not fund debt reduction or retiring past operating deficits, fellowships or other grants to individuals, loans, non-educational publications, litigation, political campaigns, operating support for organizations that conduct lobbying or political action campaigns, economic development, endowment funds, religious organizations for religious purposes, graduate and post-graduate research or candidates seeking political office.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for 2020 Community Grants is October 19 at 5:00 PM.

First time applicants are encouraged to reach out to April Montgomery via email to discuss their application prior to submission.

Grants are awarded once a year, at the end of December, with grant awards distributed throughout the following year.

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

Applicants are requested to take a year off from applying for Telluride Foundation grant support 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 April Montgomery if you would like to be considered for an exception.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in the annual webinar or watch the replay at their convenience.

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

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(Application link will be available 9/1)

April Montgomery, Grant Administrator

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

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