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How We Fund

The Colorado Trust has several ways by which grants are made, depending on the funding strategy, rationale and more.

The Trust has developed a grantmaking process specific to its Community Partnerships approach. In partnership with communities, The Trust is funding a range of innovative, local solutions that advance health equity and help build power among community members. Such initiatives could focus on anything and everything that can impact the health of a community, such as transportation, housing, education, employment, the natural environment, public safety and more. All such ideas are determined by community members themselves—not by The Trust, nor a nonprofit, nor an elected official. The Trust’s regional Community Partnerships staff are working with Coloradans across the state to bring this to fruition.

The Trust occasionally issues requests for proposals (RFP) or requests for applications (RFA). In recent years, these requests have primarily been for the Health Equity Learning Series and Building and Bridging Power strategies. In such cases, The Trust welcomes responses from nonprofit organizations and communities across Colorado.

When a competitive funding opportunity is available, a detailed RFP or RFA with related instructions and application deadlines is posted to the home page of our website. Sign up to be automatically notified by email of future funding opportunities, and visit our funding strategies page for more details and descriptions of current initiatives.

The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for Colorado Trust funding opportunities:

  • 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 percent.

What We Don’t Fund
The Colorado Trust does not make grants for the following:

  • Political campaigns or voter registration drives
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Capital campaigns
  • Clinical and medical research studies

If you have any questions or would like further information about how The Trust makes grants, please contact Morris Price, vice president of grants, via email or by telephone at 303-837-1200.

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.