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Buell Foundation Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies for
Early Childhood Education and Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Foundation / Corporation

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Buell Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/04/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Colorado nonprofits, schools, faith-based organizations, and agencies for programs in the areas of early childhood development and education and teen pregnancy prevention. Priority is given to projects that address underserved populations and those in rural areas of the state.

Funding priority at this time is on programs that support the education and development of children ages zero to five.

The majority of grants will be of the following types:
- Program/project support
- Operating support
- Technical assistance
- Capital improvements (limited to early childhood programs)

Early Childhood Education and Development

The Foundation will consider proposals in the following areas that directly support the healthy development of very young children between the ages of zero and five:

Assessment and evaluation – The Foundation supports a variety of assessments used to gauge the effectiveness of programs and progress of program participants. This may include process/fidelity measures as well as outcome measures (e.g. Teaching Strategies GOLD, Adult-Adolescent Parenting Index, Social Competence Scale, etc.).

Behavior and social competence – The Foundation supports direct programming as well as consultation in early learning settings with a focus on the promotion and prevention levels of behavioral health.

Capital – The Foundation supports a range of capital improvements at licensed child care centers. Support to smaller scale improvements (e.g. playgrounds, materials, fixtures) as well as large building projects (e.g. purchase and renovation of a building).

Early childhood and preschool programs – The Foundation supports licensed child care centers and preschools that have a commitment to quality improvement and serving children from diverse populations. We also support the early learning components of community-based programs, such as family literacy.

Home visitation – The Foundation supports evidence-based and evidence-informed home visiting programs with a focus on supporting positive parenting skills and increased knowledge about child development.

Improvements directly related to quality – The Foundation supports ongoing quality improvement of all programs. This includes funding for materials, additional staff, coaching, and quality ratings.

Language development and early literacy – The Foundation supports a wide range of early literacy programs ranging from book distribution to comprehensive early literacy programs.

Nutrition and physical activity in early learning environments – The Foundation supports enhancements to programs (child care centers, parenting education, etc.) that promote increased physical activity and improved nutrition of participants.

Parenting education – The Foundation supports evidence-based and evidence-informed parenting education programs with a focus on supporting positive parenting skills and increased knowledge about child development.

Professional development and education – The Foundation supports projects that facilitate early childhood professionals’ access to college-level coursework, mentoring, or community-based trainings.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The Buell Foundation funds proven, comprehensive, medically accurate teen pregnancy prevention programs. The Foundation will not fund abstinence-only programs. Comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention programs must:

-Be facilitated by trained and experienced professionals, ideally by someone who has been prepared to facilitate sexual health education programs and/or a curriculum
-Emphasize the importance of delaying sex
-Instruct about the benefits and risks of condoms and contraception when engaging in sex
-Impart information about sexual activity and the use of condoms and contraception that is deemed medically accurate by sources on which medical professionals rely
-Provide education about consent and refusal skills
-Occur in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental learning environment for all youth
-Be inclusive of the cultures, values, sexual orientation, and gender identity of youth participating in the program
-Assess the effectiveness of the programs on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes or behavior change of the participants

Other considerations:
-If adapting an evidence-based program, organizations must ensure that the intent of the program is not compromised and that the same skills, knowledge, and attitudes or behaviors are evaluated.
-When an option, programs should link students to clinical and medical providers and services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180491

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are most often awarded within the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Appropriate funding amounts will vary depending on the program or project.

Term of Contract:

Grants are typically for one year only. Long-term grantees may be considered to apply for two-year grants by invitation only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include all types of tax-exempt organizations, including nonprofits, school districts, government entities, and faith-based organizations.

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.

Unlicensed childcare centers are not eligible to apply.

The Buell Foundation is no longer funding constructive activities programs.

Grants are not made to or for the following:
- Endowments
- Individuals
- International programs and activities
- Legislative lobbying or support of political candidates
- Litigation
- Loans
- 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:

Applicants are encouraged to call the Program Officer for your region before you apply. Through this call, you can determine whether your project is a good fit for the Foundation, determine an appropriate request amount, and get all of your questions answered.

- Tuesday, January 16, 2018
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018
- Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Applications for school-year-only programs will not be accepted for the May deadline. Final grant decisions are made and monies are released approximately four months after each deadline. The Buell Foundation is no longer funding constructive activities programs.

One hard copy of the application must be in the office by 5:00 pm on the deadline for applications. Note that applications must be received by the deadline, not postmarked.

Child Care Centers and Preschools: In addition to the Colorado Common Grant, please submit your most recent child care license, quality rating scores (e.g. Colorado Shines, NAEYC, or ERS) and the Buell Foundation Child Center Worksheet.

Your proposal will be assigned to one of the Foundation’s Program Officers for review. This review will include a thorough analysis of your organization’s programs and financial statements, a site visit, and a report to the Board of Trustees.

Approximately four months after your proposal submission, the Board of Trustees will be provided with a report prepared by the Program Officers about each applicant.

Organizations are limited to one grant request in any 12-month period (e.g., if a proposal is submitted for the May deadline, an organization is first eligible to reapply the following May).


How to apply:


Guidelines and application:

Early childhood development program area:

Teen pregnancy prevention program area:

Download application forms at

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 to:
Grant Review Committee
Buell Foundation
1666 S. University Blvd., Suite B
Denver, CO 80210

Kelly Costello, Grants Manager & Programs/Communications Coordinator
(303) 744-1688

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado