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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, Faith-Based Organizations,
Schools, and IHEs for Community Benefit Programs in Eligible Regions

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Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley (CFGV)

Deadline Date:

05/15/21 11:59 PM (MDT)


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations, governmental units, faith-based organizations, schools, and IHEs to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible regions. Grant funds may be used to support programs in the following areas of focus: arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services, animal welfare, athletics and recreation, and historical tradition and preservation. Grant dollars are intended for direct impact on Gunnison County and its residents. In 2021, the cycle has been opened to collaborations addressing needs that cannot be addressed by a single entity.

The Foundation provides two types of support:

  • General Operating support to nonprofit organizations. General Operating support can be spent as needed on any of your organization's programs and administration. 
  • Project support to faith-based organizations, Gunnison County and public entities, Western Colorado University and Gunnison Watershed School District, and collaborative groups. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179036

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the past, maximum grants have been $7,000. The Foundation suggests that you do not request more than $7,000 without first checking with staff.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities must take place between July 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This year, applicants must apply as an Organization rather than an Individual as in the past.

The rule that grantees must sit out a year after receiving three grants in a row has been once again suspended for 2021. This should not be interpreted to mean that it will be suspended permanently. Therefore, all past grantees are eligible to apply in 2021.

All 501(c)3 nonprofits will only apply for General Operating support.

501(c)3 Nonprofits based elsewhere will apply for General Operating support for their Gunnison County operations only.

Nonprofits designated as 501(c)3 (including those under fiscal sponsorship) will apply for General Operating support. They do not need to have received prior funding from CFGV to be eligible. If you are a fiscal sponsor for another group, you may also submit an application for your own organization’s operations.

Faith-based organizations may only apply for Project support, and only for programs/projects with no religious message that are open and welcoming to anyone in the community. Public entities and collaborations will only apply for Project support. Public entities may only seek funding for projects/programs/activities that are primarily grant-supported.

Gunnison County entities may only apply for Project support. Western Colorado University and Gunnison Watershed School District may apply for Project support for programs/projects that serve the larger community, as well as their students.

Collaborative groups may apply for Project support to address a significant need that members cannot do on their own. This could include research into constituent needs, a facilitated collective impact planning process, or a program. Members may still apply for General Operating support for their own needs. Grants for collaborative activities will not necessarily be larger than those for individual organizations and the burden is on the participants to show that the proposed project could not be undertaken alone by any of the partners.

Pre-Application Information:

The online application deadline is 11:59 pm on May 15, 2021. There are no extensions.
You will learn whether you are funded or not around July 1, 2021.

First-time applicants are strongly urged to talk with the staff before they apply.

For General Operating support applicants, your request may not be more than 50% of your total cash operating budget; for Project support applicants, your request may not be more than 50% of your cash project budget.

- The Foundation urges applicants to review the list of required Uploads prior to application, as some items may be difficult to secure at the last minute. See:
- Groups under fiscal sponsorship, Western Colorado University, Gunnison-Watershed School District and out-of-County entities that do not have an office or regular staff presence in Gunnison County will provide additional items.

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Contact Information:

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


As always, the Foundation staff is happy to answer questions.
- For application questions, contact Maryo Gard Ewell: or (970) 641-3570
- For questions or issues with SurveyMonkey Apply (application management system), contact Alicia Corliss: or (970) 641-8837

525 North Main Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: 970-641-8837 – Gunnison
Phone: 970-349-5966 – Crested Butte
Fax: 970-641-0443

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