Apply for a Grant

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.
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.   The grantmaking program prioritized general operating and programmatic grants to nonprofits working in early childhood education, family supports, and youth development. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a grant?
ACF welcomes grant inquiries from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public educational institutions and governmental agencies that benefit communities from Aspen to Parachute, CO. Included in our service area are Pitkin and Garfield counties and portions of Eagle County. If you have any question about area eligibility, please contact us at (970) 925-9300.

Does my organization have to be located in your service area?
No. However, the project must enhance the quality of life in communities from Aspen to Parachute, CO.

We are not a 501(c)(3) organization, may we use a fiscal agent to apply for funding?
Yes.

Do you fund new organizations?
Yes, as long as you have the 501(c)(3) designation and comply with all of our grant requirements.

Does ACF fund local offices, chapters or affiliates of national organizations?
Yes. Examples of national organizations receiving funding in recent years are Catholic Charities and Planned Parenthood.

What size grants does ACF generally make? How much money should I request?
ACF generally grants in the range of $5,000 – $20,000. ACF asks that you request the amount you need for the
specific program or project for which you want funding. ACF typically funds no more than five percent of an organization's operating budget.

What sort of programs does the Foundation’s Community Grantmaking Program support?
ACF typically provides operating and programmatic support for nonprofits working in the areas of youth development, family supports, basic human needs and emergency assistance.

APPLY FOR FUNDING

What is the process for applying for a grant from Aspen Community Foundation?
To apply for an ACF grant, click on the “nonprofits” square on the left side of this page. There you will find a link to “ACF’s Grantmaking Guidelines.” Please review the guidelines before beginning a Qualifying Application to determine if your organization meets the criteria for funding. In addition to the Qualifying Application, ACF may request a meeting with your Executive Director and Board Chair to learn more about your organization and services. After thorough review, you will be notified if your organization will be invited to submit a Full Application. If invited, you will be asked to log back in to aspencommunityfoundation.org/myapplications, where a link to the online application for funding will be provided.

Can I meet with a program officer in person before submitting a grant?
Due to the volume of requests, it is not possible for staff to meet individually with each organization prior to submitting
a Qualifying Application.

Who decides which applications are awarded grants?
After thorough review by program staff, a recommendation is presented to ACF’s Board of Directors. ACF’s Board of Directors makes the final decision regarding all grant awards.