Competitive Grant Cycle

Each summer we invite charitable organizations that serve Berthoud, the Estes Valley, or Loveland to submit a grant application for consideration by our grantmaking committees. An agency located outside of the named communities may submit an application if it serves those communities and the agency’s funding request meets the criteria. The brief application forms are usually available July 1-22. Funding decisions are made by early November.

The Fort Collins grantmaking committee does not participate in the Competitive Grant cycle. It does, however, accept grant requests on a rolling basis following a discussion with our philanthropic services officer.


Contact Elizabeth Messerli, philanthropic services officer, at

Additional Grant Opportunities


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.
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The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado made $8.57 million in grant and program distributions during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020. Click here to view grant recipients from FY2019-FY2020.

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 annual competitive grant cycle, which is described below.

The Community Foundation makes grants to 501c(3) charitable entities, educational institutions, churches, or municipalities. We do not make grants to individuals or businesses.