The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado creates transformational community impact by inspiring philanthropy and engaging the region. We value fostering collaboration and inspiring community action, serving as a trusted steward, and creating a more engaged, philanthropic, & visionary community. The Foundation makes grants twice a year through our Community Funds that benefit Berthoud, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Loveland, and our larger Northern Colorado region.

Through its grantmaking, the Foundation aims to:

  • Build a culture of philanthropy
  • Improve quality of life to create a more vibrant community
  • Encourage community building and cohesiveness
  • Support strategic, transformational, or catalytic projects
  • Strengthen the capacity of the local nonprofit sector
  • Support endowment-building efforts through challenge grants
  • Support high-impact work resulting in meaningful outcomes
  • Leverage additional resources to create a “multiplier” effect
  • Encourage collaboration among nonprofit organizations

Grants awarded from the community funds listed below must be used for the benefit of residents of that community.

In addition to the broadly stated Foundation goals above, some communities have additional specific priorities and guidelines. Explore these below and if your organization and project align with one of these opportunities, navigate to our Grant Portal to apply for a grant. To view a list of the grant application questions, click here.

Communities

  • Berthoud
    • Organizations may apply for a grant up to $10,000; grants awarded in recent years have ranged from $1,000 – $5,000.
  • Estes
    • Organizations may apply for a grant up to $15,000; grants awarded in recent years have ranged from $500 – $10,000.
    • In addition to the broadly stated Foundation goals above, special funding is available for:
      • Affordable/workforce housing
      • Vulnerable families and individuals
      • Big Thompson Canyon history, preservation, recreation, and education
  • Fort Collins
    • Organizations may apply for a grant up to $25,000; grants awarded in recent years have ranged from $1,500 – $25,000.
    • In addition to the broadly stated Foundation goals above, special funding is available for:
      • Youth programs
      • Senior programs
      • Educational opportunities
      • Health and human services
      • Dental health (can support throughout Larimer County)
  • Loveland
    • Organizations may apply for a grant up to $25,000; grants awarded in recent years have ranged from $2,500 – $25,000.
    • In addition to the broadly stated Foundation goals above, preference will be given to:
      • Support and education of downtown revitalization and development
      • Youth programs
      • Educational opportunities
  • Upcoming Grant Cycle Dates

    Cycle Cycle Opens Cycle Closes Notifications
    Fall 2022 August 3, 2022 August 31, 2022 December 2022
    Spring 2023 February 1, 2023 February 28, 2023 June 2023

    Grantseeker Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is my organization eligible to apply for a grant?

    The Community Foundation makes grants to 501c(3) charitable entities, educational institutions, churches, or government entities that are in good standing with the IRS. If you are group, club, association, or organization that does NOT fit this criteria, but are seeking funding for a charitable project, consider partnering with a 501c(3) OR government agency that can be your fiscal sponsor and apply on your group’s behalf.

  • Are there entities or proposal types that will not be considered?

    The Foundation typically does not fund:

    • Individuals
    • Businesses/for-profit companies
    • Private foundations
    • Political lobbying/candidate campaigns for political office
    • Sponsorships, tables, or tickets for special events or fundraising events
    • Debt retirement/deficit financing
  • How often can I apply/reapply?

    Due to limited funding available, nonprofits should not expect or depend upon receiving grant support. Preference will be given to organizations that have not received a grant in the last 18 months. In addition, organizations may only apply to one community fund per cycle. Additionally, if your entity has received a previous grant from the Community Funds, grant reporting must be up to date.

  • Where can I complete my grant reporting following a grant award?

    All grant reporting will now be within the Grant Portal. You’ll see a link to your grant “follow-up” assignments on your applicant dashboard.

  • Additional Grant Opportunities

    GroupGives

    The GroupGives Fund serves as the charitable arm of The Group Real Estate. The fund was founded on the belief that every person should have a place to call home, and grants from the fund support organizations and programs that promote this belief. Apply for a grant

    Loveland Generations

    The Loveland Generations Fund was founded in 2000 to support projects and organizations that benefit Loveland residents. Preference is given to proposals that specifically serve Loveland youth.

    Kayla Marie Adsit Memorial Foundation

    The Kayla Marie Adsit Memorial Foundation Fund was founded in 2009 with the mission to provide support to Poudre School District students to more fully participate in their school’s music programs. The vision is that one day, all school-age children in the Fort Collins, Colorado area will have equal access to a quality music education; and the music programs at their schools or nonprofit organizations will be thriving learning and cultural performance centers.

    The Kayla Marie Adsit Memorial Foundation Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and operates a semi-annual grant cycle. The fall application cycle is August 1 – October 1. The spring application cycle is December 1 – February 1. You can request up to $500.00. Begin your grant application here.

    NoCo CARES (Community Awareness of Resources, Enrichment, and Services)

    The mission of NoCo CARES is to promote awareness of philanthropic needs in Northern Colorado as we aim to educate and inspire others to make a difference in our community. NoCo CARES, in partnership with TPC Colorado, hosts quarterly gatherings featuring local nonprofit organizations. Attendees receive an opportunity to learn about the mission and vision behind various local nonprofits as well as an awareness of the needs within our community and ways to help (monetary, volunteer opportunities, or otherwise). Visit the NoCo CARES page for more information.

    GRANTS AND PROGRAM DISTRIBUTIONS

    The majority of our grants are made from Donor Advised and Designated funds; typically less than 2% of our annual distributions are made as part of our competitive grant cycles, which are described on this page.

    View a list of all grant recipients, including those from donor advised and designated funds, from FY2022. 

    Grant Portal
    2021 Grantee Booklet

    Grant Cycle Changes Workshop

    This workshop, recorded on July 13, 2022, contains important information about  changes to our 2022 grant cycle process.