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Buell Foundation Grant

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Buell Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/01/22 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and schools for youth programming. Eligible organizations are those that address the areas of teen pregnancy prevention and early childhood education. The purpose of the funding is to allow children to thrive and achieve health and success. Eligible expenses include operating support, technical assistance, program and project support, and capital improvements (limited to early childhood programs).

The Buell Foundation seeks proven, promising, or developing programs that can demonstrate success in helping children thrive. They support efforts to improve quality and encourage meaningful evaluation and assessment. It is their goal to partner with outstanding organizations to improve the systems that serve children.  Particular focus is placed on programs that target underserved communities.

The Foundation's funding priority at this time is on programs that support the education and development of children zero to five.  In the last fiscal year, over 90% of grants paid were in that category.  In addition, please note that it is also a priority for the Foundation to fund programs in rural Colorado.  In recent years, over 65% of grants were awarded to programs serving communities outside of the Denver metro area.

Early Childhood Development:

Teen Pregnancy Prevention:

Initiatives & Special Projects:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180491

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are most often awarded within the $10,000 to $50,000 range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be given only to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or government entities. Applicants must be categorized “not a private foundation” under section 509(a) of the Code.

Grants are not made to or for the following:
-International programs and activities
-Legislative lobbying or support of political candidates
-Medical programs
-Multi-year awards
-Past operating deficits
-Programs outside the state of Colorado
-Projects promoting religion
-Retirement of debt
-Sponsorship of events, annual campaigns, membership drives, or conferences
-Testimonial dinners

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines are January 15 and the first business day of May and September. If January 15 falls on a weekend or the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, proposals must be in our office by 5:00 p.m. the following business day. One hard copy of the application must be in the office by 5:00 p.m. on the following dates.

Upcoming Deadlines:
- Tuesday, January 18, 2022
- Monday, May 2, 2022
- Thursday, September 1, 2022

- Applications for school-year-only programs will not be accepted for the May deadline. At a site visit, staff wants to see the program in action and be able to talk to all of the appropriate people. Generally, seeing an abbreviated program is not acceptable. If the primary program for which you are requesting funding operates only between August and June, please plan to apply at the September or January deadline.
- Final grant decisions are made and monies are released approximately four months after each deadline.

- The Foundation is unable to respond to emergency funding needs.
- The Buell Foundation is no longer funding constructive activities programs.
- Grant seekers are encouraged to call with any questions.

*Beginning September 1, 2022, the following changes regarding Buell Foundation funding have been implemented:
- Applications for child care centers that serve fewer than 15% enrollment of low-income families will no longer be considered.
- Applications for organizations that have operating reserves greater than nine months will no longer be considered. Operating reserves are generally calculated by dividing net current assets into annual operating budget.
- Given budgetary restrictions following recent changes, Buell Foundation anticipates a more competitive selection process for capital applications.

Guidelines and Application:

Contact Information:

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


Please mail or deliver applications (and note the new address):
Grant Review Committee
Buell Foundation
1873 S. Bellaire Street, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80222

Emailed applications should be sent to Bill Inama at

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