As a grantmaking foundation, The Colorado Trust sets aside a limited amount of funding each year to respond to requests from Colorado nonprofit organizations to help sponsor fundraising and other special events that support their work.

To be eligible, your organization must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status, and the event for which you are seeking sponsorship support must be aligned with The Trust's health equity vision. The Trust also may consider sponsorship requests that support the state's philanthropic sector.

Sponsorships are limited to one per organization, per calendar year. Events considered for sponsorship can be either virtual/online or in person. Requests will be considered individually, including level of funding, up to a maximum of $3,000 per sponsorship. The average sponsorship amount is approximately $1,500. The Trust does not sponsor political campaigns, lobbying activities or voter registration drives. Sponsorships to entities that are not a 501(c)(3) and to individuals cannot be considered.

Sponsorship Request Process
We are now accepting event sponsorship applications for virtual/online or in-person events taking place between May 2021 and April 2022. Please submit sponsorship requests via our online application as early as possible in your event planning process. Event sponsorship request deadline and notification dates are as follows:

Events taking place between May and August 2021

  • Apply by March 15, 2021
  • Notified by April 15, 2021

Events taking place between September and December 2021

  • Apply by June 15, 2021
  • Notified by July 15, 2021

Events taking place between January and April 2022

  • Apply by Oct. 15, 2021
  • Notified by Nov. 15, 2021

You will receive an email notification when a decision is made regarding your application. Your organization’s tax ID number must be included on your application. Incomplete information may result in your sponsorship request being denied.

If you have questions, please first consult our FAQs for event sponsorships. If your question is not addressed by the FAQs, please contact Jenice Whitehead at sponsorships [at] coloradotrust.org or (303) 837-1200 before submitting your online application.