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 Requests 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.