How We Fund
The Colorado Trust is working toward a new grantmaking process. How we currently make grants:
- The Colorado Trust issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Applications (RFA) and welcomes responses from nonprofit organizations and communities across Colorado. When a competitive funding opportunity is available, a detailed RFP/RFA with related instructions and specific application deadlines is posted to our website. Sign up to be automatically notified by email of future funding opportunities.
- On occasion, The Trust also asks organizations that are focused on strategies specific to its grantmaking priorities to submit individual, non-competitive proposals.
In response to all Colorado Trust funding opportunities, the following types of organizations are eligible to apply for grants:
- Nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a)
- Independent sponsored projects of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor
- Government and public agencies.
When applying for funding from The Colorado Trust, indirect costs should not exceed 10%.
The Colorado Trust does not make grants for the following:
- Political campaigns or voter registration drives
- Operating deficits or retirement of debt.
The Colorado Trust is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications to design and implement an evaluation and learning approach for its two-and-a-half year, $7.2 million health equity advocacy strategy.
Through an intentional focus on supporting increased capacity, collaboration and coordination amongst a field of organizations, the health equity advocacy strategy seeks to enable and empower a variety of diverse partners to identify, design and implement policy solutions to advance health equity. In order to understand and assess the ongoing progress and impact of the strategy, evaluation is critical. As this is a new type of grant strategy for The Trust, evaluation will play a central role in capturing and analyzing the wide body of challenges, opportunities and outcomes that result from this work.
Through this evaluation and learning approach, The Trust seeks to:
- Document and assess the progress made toward the creation of a robust health advocacy field and the correlating outcomes
- Identify challenges, opportunities and lessons learned to support further progress
- Provide ongoing learning opportunities for grantees, based on relevant evaluation data and information, as a means to reflect on and refine activities, tactics or strategies.
The duration of this evaluation and learning contract is from April 2014-September 2016, with a total budget of up to $500,000. Letters of qualifications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
View the Request for Qualifications for more details.
To better inform and answer any questions from prospective applicants, The Trust held a webinar on February 14, 2014. During this webinar, we provided an overview of the strategy, discussed the evaluation RFQ and answered any questions. Links to the webinar, presentation slides and questions and answers are below.
For more information about how to apply for this consulting contract, please contact Phillip Chung, Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation and Strategic Learning, The Colorado Trust.