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Colorado Grant Resources

Check out resources, tools and opportunities for grant writing, nonprofit capacity building, and organization support.

2024 Foundation Giving in Colorado Report

El Pomar Foundation presents the 2024 Foundation Giving in Colorado Report. CRC has partnered with El Pomar to collect grantmaking data from statewide funders since 2013. This report includes an in-depth analysis and comprehensive overview of the current impact of foundation giving throughout Colorado along with patterns, disparities, and more.

The report provides an overview of Colorado funding from 2018 to 2022 and allows individuals, nonprofits, and foundations to identify areas for increased outreach, education, and opportunities to leverage impact.

Grant Professionals Association – Colorado Chapter
The Grant Professionals Association (GPA), founded in 1998, is a nonprofit membership organization of grant professionals committed to serving the public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards.

The Colorado Chapter of the GPA provides opportunities for professional development and networking. To join the Chapter you must first join the GPA and then join the local Colorado Chapter ($25). For more information visit https://www.coloradogpa.org/.

Community Resource Center Training

In addition to publishing the Colorado Grants Guide®, CRC trains nonprofit professionals across Colorado in grant seeking, writing, and reporting. Check our list of upcoming trainings to see opportunities near you.

Rural Opportunities to Meet with Funders

See if there are any upcoming opportunities to connect with funders in your community by visiting our Regional Websites.

  • Heart of Colorado – Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit, and Teller
  • Northeast – Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
  • Northwest -Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Routt
  • San Juan – Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel
  • San Luis Valley – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache
  • Southeast – Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, and Prowers
  • Southwest – Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan
  • Western Slope -Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, and Pitkin
Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado

Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado (now in its 4th edition) is the comprehensive resource for all things nonprofit. This guidebook was developed by Colorado nonprofits for Colorado nonprofits and covers everything from completing the 990 form to fundraising to governance.

This publication serves as a guide for Colorado nonprofits, providing legal guidance and regulations to practices that may be helpful for your organization.

Nonprofit Start-Up Resources

Nonprofit Start-Up Resources

The six steps to the Nonprofit Organization 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Process, The “Start Up for Success” workbook, Form 1023 Assistance, and more.

Rural AmeriCorps VISTA Program
In order to build the capacity of rural nonprofits to more effectively address key factors that influence poverty in our state’s communities and further mission impact, CRC provides a limited number of AmeriCorps VISTA members to our rural nonprofit partners across the state.

More than 5,100 nonprofit organizations operate within rural Colorado. These organizations play an important role in improving the quality of life in Colorado’s communities and provide services that alleviate poverty, addressing everything from transitional housing to early childhood education to strengthening local food systems.

Our AmeriCorps VISTA program provides national service members who deliver indirect services to build the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of nonprofit organizations.

Program Goals:

Grow Organizational Capacity: Nonprofits and community groups in rural Colorado grow in organizational capacity and gain additional resources to accomplish their missions.

Provide Professional Development: VISTA members have a positive experience during which they increase in ability and gain valuable insight for future studies and employment.

Alleviate Poverty: Persistent poverty in rural Colorado is reduced.

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