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Schlessman Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Denver Area, Colorado Nonprofits to Assist
Disadvantaged Youth, Seniors, and Special Needs Groups

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Schlessman Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/31/17 Postmarked


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Grants to Denver Area, Colorado nonprofit organizations to assist children and adults who are financially disadvantaged, physically or mentally challenged, or require educational opportunities to become self-sufficient. Applications are considered from organizations in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.

The Foundation accepts proposals requesting funds to support an organization’s general operating costs as well as specific program support.

The Schlessman Family Foundation grants funding primarily in the following areas:

- Disadvantaged youth programs and services, especially those that foster initiative and a positive work ethic

- Elder/Senior programs that assist in providing the necessities of life or to assist them to live independently in a safe environment by providing basic human needs

- Food service and delivery programs

- Special needs groups, such as handicapped, homeless families/individuals and mentally challenged

- Established cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, and zoos

- Education programs that work to address the needs of at-risk students and improve literacy among adult learners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176443

Term of Contract:

The Schlessman Family Foundation does fund in successive years. A proposal must be received each year to be eligible for consideration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under Section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applying agencies should be located in the Metro Denver area.

-Grants are NOT made to individuals or to fund scholarships for specific individuals.
-Start-up grants are not accepted. Organizations must have at least a two-year history of operations.
-Support for benefits, conferences or workshops will not be granted.
-Performing arts grants are limited.

Direct support is not granted to:
-Public, private or charter schools.
-Churches or religious organizations. However, the Foundation does fund faith-based organizations that are providing services and programs that help disadvantaged populations.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation has no formal grant application form. The Foundation accepts, but does not require, the Colorado Common Grant Application Form. Be sure to include all materials with your initial application as the Foundation will not guarantee attachments sent via separate mailings will be added to your request.

The Foundation requires that proposals be submitted in two forms:

-A hard copy of the written proposal submitted to the Foundation’s address, AND
-An email copy submitted at

Proposals are accepted throughout the year. The proposal deadline is December 31 and proposals must be postmarked on or before that date. Distributions are made once a year on March 31. All applicants will be notified in writing whether or not their request was approved.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Mail applications to:
Schlessman Family Foundation
1555 Blake Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202

Patricia Middendorf, Treasurer
P: 303-831-5683
F: 303-831-5676

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties