Community Grantmaking Process for Nonprofits

For more than three decades, Aspen Community Foundation has been providing discretionary grants to nonprofit organizations addressing a variety of needs in the community.  These grants are made through annual contributions from individuals wishing to support a pooled grantmaking fund.  Historically, ACF has been able to raise and award approximately $500,000 for this purpose each year.  While the needs have changed over the years as the Aspen to Parachute region has changed, supporting opportunities for all individuals and families to thrive has been a constant priority for ACF.

With the advent of the Cradle to Career Initiative in 2011, ACF understands how improving outcomes for youth – from birth through career readiness – can substantially benefit our region’s quality of life and economy.  ACF’s Community Grantmaking Program recognizes the importance of maintaining and elevating the capacity of high performing nonprofits that engage youth and strengthen families.  For 2017, the grantmaking program will prioritize general operating and programmatic grants to nonprofits working in early childhood education, family supports, and youth development. In addition, because the availability of basic human needs, such as food, shelter, safety and healthcare, is critically linked to youth success, “safety net” nonprofits will remain a secondary grantmaking priority.

To initiate the application process:

  1. Carefully review ACF’s Grantmaking Guidelines
  2. Submit a Qualifying Application by the April 3rd deadline
  3. If invited, a full Application for Funding is due July 10th

Funding decisions are announced in October. Potential applicants may contact Program Officer, Candace Goodwin with questions. Please note that if you have already begun an application, you may return to it by visiting

A list of 2016 Community Grantmaking Program recipients may be found here.


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