nonprofits

There are three main resources we highlight for nonprofits: our Grants Programs, The Endowment Challenge Grant, and the Spread the Good Classes (providing nonprofit enrichment). 

Apply for a Grant

Awards from Weld Community Foundation’s competitive grant programs are determined in partnership with local volunteers from throughout Weld. This locally-based advisory process ensures that grant opportunities address the changing needs of our communities.

Grants awarded from Weld Community Foundation have enriched many avenues of community; from senior care to youth, arts initiatives to capital campaigns. Take a look through our grants available and when the opening for application happens for each. For questions email  info@weldcommunityfoundation.org. We will help you with your process!

General Grant Guidelines
All grant applications happen online unless otherwise noted and must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the date of the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.
Grants will open online four months prior to their deadline.
For details and directions on how to apply to an online grant and navigate our system, click here.

Weld Community Foundation provides charitable funding to:

  • Nonprofits classified by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Other eligible tax exempt entities (such as municipalities, schools and faith-based organizations)
  • Non-exempt groups with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency
  • Organizations should also predominantly serve residents of Weld County, Colorado
Weld Community Foundation does not fund:
  • Expenses already incurred, deficit funding, debt retirement or funding to obligated commitments
  • Political campaigns
  • Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
  • Religious activities: The Weld Community Foundation does not fund charitable activities that promote a religion or require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services. However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for non-religious purposes. 


What to submit:

  • Submit only one application per grant program, though organizations may submit an application to more than one grant program (even those that share the same deadline).
  • All competitive grant program awardees are required to submit a Final Report. If your organization has failed to submit one, it will not be eligible for further funding until the missing report is filed.

 

Tutorials:
Guiding Applicants through the Process Tutorial
Applying for a Grant with a Collaborator Tutorial

Applying for a Grant using the Copy Request feature

Click the button below to PREVIEW the guidelines and applications for all competitive Foundation grants. Please note that some forms contain logic questions and may not be required to complete each section of the application.  The link will allow you to preview forms prior to logging in or creating an account.  Please be aware that you may interact with the form but your responses will NOT be saved.

Programs

The Arts Alive! Fund alternates areas of support each year.

    • Arts Alive! Grants in 2024 to individual artists only (see additional information below).
    • Arts Alive! Grants in 2025 to nonprofit organizations only (see additional information below).

Individual Artist Grants – 2024

A grant offered from the Arts Alive! Fund is to support emerging artists in Weld County take the next step in their artistic development.

Individual Artist Deadline: Opens February 1st and closes June 1st, 2024. (Decisions will be made by the end of June, 2024.)

Amount: up to $3,500

Details

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, legal residents of Weld County and have resided in Weld County for at least 12 months at the time of application. Please note: the Arts Alive! Fund does not generally fund travel expenses.

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Organizational Grants – 2025

A grant offered from the Arts Alive! Fund is to enrich the arts in Weld County by supporting special interest projects in the visual, performing and literary arts, specifically for non-operational purposes.

Organizational Deadline: Opens Spring 2025

Amount: up to $2,500 (subject to change)

Details  (in addition to the Weld Community Foundation’s General Grant Guidelines)

The Foundation looks for proposals that:

  • expand the availability of artistic and cultural experiences
  • increase access to the arts and humanities for underserved populations
  • increase community awareness of different ethnic and cultural art forms
  • preserve elements of past and current cultural forms
  • make an impact in creative ventures
  • have measurable outcomes
  • benefit the arts and humanities of the Weld County community


The Arts Alive! Fund does not provide support for:

  • capital fund drives
  • endowments
  • multi-year funding
  • purchase of tickets for fundraising activities

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Grants from the Boettcher Fund are for capital projects in Weld County. Awards are made to nonprofits making the greatest positive impact and addressing the greatest community needs. 

Deadline: Opens March 31, 2024 and closes July 31, 2024  (decisions will be made by the end of August 2024)

Amount: up to $15,000 (subject to change)

What is a Capital Project?

A capital project is the addition of a permanent structural change or the restoration/renovation of some aspect of a permanent property that will either increase the property’s useful or essential function or service capacity, enhance quality of services, prolongs its useful life, or adapt it to new uses. Properties must be owned and used by a qualified Weld County, Colorado nonprofit organization.

Details

The nonprofit’s capital project must be in Weld County and serve the Weld County community. It should also be financially healthy with the ability to maintain the project after completion.

If awarded, the grant will not exceed a one year payment schedule and won’t be released until building permits are approved for construction or renovation projects.

The Boettcher Fund does not typically fund projects for (exceptions may apply): 

  • equipment and/or furnishings only
  • vehicle purchase(s)
  • routine repairs & maintenance (defined as activities that are scheduled in advance and occur on a regular basis, such as weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually, which are normally included as an annually recurring cost in maintenance and repair budgets)
  • solar panels
  • organizations that primarily serve animals (rescue, shelter, sanctuary, animal assisted therapy, etc.)
  • organizations seeking funding for religious purposes such as a worship or education center
  • an athletic facility and/or field
  • historic preservation where the facility will not be utilized by the community
  • healthcare facilities such as clinics or hospitals, and including mental health, dental and hospice care
  • K-12 school facilities
  • emergency services facilities such as fire stations and police stations as well as ambulance/EMS, dispatch/response, or search-and-rescue operations

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The Greeley Rotary W. D. Farr Endowment Fund awards grants for the benefit of the youth of Greeley, Colorado; specifically programs that enhance quality of life, youth projects, or K-12 education projects.  

Deadline: Opens October 15, 2023 and closes January 15, 2024 (decisions will generally be made by mid-March 2024)

Amount: up to $5,000

Details

The W.D. Farr Endowment Fund considers proposals from organizations with committed, skilled leadership and qualified staff to undertake the project. But only one proposal per organization will be considered for support. Please note: individual schools within Greeley-Evans School District 6 will be considered separate organizations.

Multi-year proposals are not considered; however, qualified organizations that receive funding are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.In order to be fair, the Greeley Rotary W. D. Farr Endowment Fund instituted a “three-year rule” requiring that an organization which receives funding for three successive years must take one year off before reapplying.

Lastly, funded programs will have an opportunity to make a presentation on their program to the Greeley Rotary Club.

The W.D. Farr Endowment Fund does not support:

  • capital fund drives
  • endowments
  • multi-year funding
  • sponsorships
  • individual scholarships 
  • scholarships or tuition assistance to private educational institutions

The Littler Youth Fund supports grants for youth programs/projects in Weld County and is all about making a positive impact in the lives of Weld County youth and addressing current and/or ongoing community needs. Please note: an organization may only receive one Littler Youth Fund grant per year including program/project and operating grants.

Spring Deadline: Opens December 1, 2023 and closes March 1, 2024 (decisions will be made by the end of March 2024)

Fall Deadline: Opens June 15, 2024 and closes September 15, 2024 (decisions will be made by mid-October 2024)

Amount: up to $20,000 (subject to change)

Details

Organizations applying:

  • have programs that benefit the youth of Weld County (defined as birth to 18 years old)
  • address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources
  • have a well-planned approach to meeting an identified community issue and/or need
  • have an established base of support
  • bring committed, skilled leadership and qualified staff to undertake the project


The Community Foundation gives priority to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • provide for more efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and reduce the duplication of services in our community
  • test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving important community problems
  • promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs
  • build on local community strengths and assets
  • initiate efforts that will continue and grow in their effectiveness


The Community Foundation does not make grants from the Littler Youth Fund for:

  • annual campaigns, special event fundraisers or sponsorships, the purchase of tickets for benefits, courtesy advertising
  • activities taking place before grant decisions are made
  • capital requests (except for items such as equipment which significantly increase an organization’s capacity and impact)
  • trips for schools or clubs
  • individuals
  • application for the same project less than one year apart
  • after-prom parties
  • scholarships or tuition assistance to private educational institutions

The Littler Youth Fund offers general operating grants to support nonprofits whose sole mission is dedicated to providing services to youth only in achieving their mission. Operating grants enable nonprofits to direct their spending where it is needed and focus on providing effective programs and services that will have the greatest impact in the lives of Weld County youth. Operating grants may be for one year or multiple years which will be determined by the review committee.

Operating grants are not available to schools or school foundations.

to APPLY:

Please contact the Community Foundation if you are interested in applying for a Littler Operational Grant

Deadline: Opens June 15, 2024 and closes September 15, 202(decisions will be made by mid-October 2024)

Please Note: Organizations may apply for both Program and General Operating grants for the Fall grant cycle but may only receive one grant. If an organization receives a multi-year General Operating grant, they will not be eligible to receive a Program grant during the General Operating grant period. If an organization receives a Spring Program grant, they will not be eligible to receive a Fall Operating or Program grant.

Grant Amount: up to $35,000

Award Amounts
Operating Grants funding request amounts will be based upon organizational operating budget size which serves Weld County and is not inclusive of major one-time or non-routine capital expenditures.

  • Organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 may seek up to $12,500.
  • Organizations with budgets between $250,000 to $500,000 may seek up to $20,000.
  • Organizations with budgets greater than $500,000 may seek up to $35,000.


Operating Grant Eligibility

In addition to the Weld Community Foundation’s General Grant Guidelines, you are eligible to apply for a Littler Youth Fund Operating grant if your organization:

  • whose sole mission is to serve youth (defined as birth to 18 years old)
  • has a physical office in Weld County, Colorado and provides youth services in Weld County, Colorado
  • will only spend funds for programs that are exclusively serving the youth of Weld County, Colorado
  • has been operational AND providing direct services/programs in Weld County, Colorado for at least three years prior to application and has stable executive leadership
  • has previously received a Littler Youth Fund program grant and has submitted all final reporting documentation.


Criteria and Priorities for Applicants:

  • Well-established organizations with a proven track record providing services benefiting the youth of Weld County, Colorado
  • Have a current strategic plan or evaluation model that includes:
    • Clearly defined organizational goals and measurable program outcomes and outputs
    • A well-planned approach to meeting an identified community issue and/or need
  • Address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources
  • Organizations should have an established base of support
  • Have committed, skilled leadership and qualified staff
  • Show evidence of sound financial condition for three years or more with no deficits greater than 10% of the budget


Additionally, the Community Foundation looks or Organizations that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • provide for efficient use of community resources, promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and reduce duplication of services in our community
  • test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques for solving important community problems
  • promote volunteer participation
  • build on local community strengths and assets
  • initiate efforts that will continue and grow in their effectiveness

Special Announcement:

Following thoughtful consideration, the Foundation has decided to discontinue Teacher Grants, but will look to support schools/teachers in Weld County in other ways.  If you are a Weld County teacher looking for classroom grants, please contact the Foundation at 970-304-9970 and we will seek to find other resources for support.

The purpose of this matching grant is to inspire Weld County nonprofits to secure their future by establishing or adding to an existing endowment fund! The Community Foundation will provide a match of $10,000 for each selected organization.

The minimum amount to open an endowment fund at the Community Foundation is $20,000. Through the Endowment Challenge, a nonprofit invests $10,000 or more to create an endowment and the Foundation awards up to $10,000 in matching funds.

All endowment funds generated through the Nonprofit Endowment Challenge will be managed by the Weld Community Foundation and will be placed into a permanent, named fund for the organization.

Each organization must contribute a minimum of $10,000 by December 31, 2023 and the Foundation will provide a match of $10,000.

Deadline: Opens October 15, 2023 and closes January 15, 2024 (decisions will be made by the end of February 2024)

Amount: $10,000 match

Details

The Review Committee will give special consideration for: 

  • Incorporation of endowment building strategies into the overall development efforts of the organization
  • Involvement and demonstrated leadership of Board members in endowment fundraising
  • Marketing plans that incorporate endowment building and planned giving 
  • Organizational stability and track record in raising various types of funds.
  • Nonprofits who focus on plans to grow the endowment fund once it has been established
  • Meaningful mission statement for the organization.
  • The potential financial vitality and community impact of the organization.
  • The content and feasibility of the proposal outlining how a minimum of $10,000 will be contributed by December 31, 2023.
  • The ability, capacity and leadership of the organization to meet the stated challenge objectives.

Preference will be given to organizations which have been in existence for a minimum of three years. Preference will also be given to organizations who wish to establish their first organizational endowment, but the match is also open to those who have an existing endowment under the Community Foundation’s management and who wish to further build their fund.

Organizations selected for the Nonprofit Endowment Challenge will be offered consulting services to help build competencies and strengthen the agency. Organizations selected will additionally receive publicity for their endowment campaign from the Community Foundation.

This grant from the Windsor Community Foundation is to help meet the greatest needs in the Windsor/Severance area. 

The Windsor Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Weld Community Foundation and was created to serve the people of the greater Windsor community.

Deadline: PLEASE CONTACT THE FOUNDATION FOR APPLICATION INFORMATION

Amount: up to $2,500 (subject to change)

Details

Organization:

  • must have a project that has measurable outcomes
  • must have programs that serve the Windsor/Severance area
  • addresses needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources
  • demonstrates a well-planned approach to meeting an identified community issue and/or need
  • has an established base of support
  • has committed, skilled leadership and qualified staff to undertake the project

The Windsor Community Foundation will, in particular, look for: 

  • partnership and volunteering opportunities
  • goal of program self-sufficiency
  • financial stability
  • opportunities to leverage funds

WCF does not provide support for:

  • capital fund drives
  • endowments
  • applications from the same organization less than one year apart
  • multi-year funding
  • sponsorships

Funding priority is focused on programming for girls and women and their economic self-sufficiency and self-esteem. Within that priority, the Women’s Fund concentrates its funding in two strategic areas: girls’ futures; and girls’ and women’s education, employment, training, and self-development. 

Deadline: Opens May 1st and closes July 31st. 

Details

  • Click here for grant guidelines and eligibility requirements.
  • Click here to learn more about the Women’s Fund of Weld County.

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The Endowment Challenge

You want to empower your nonprofit with lasting resources by starting an endowment? Through this special grant, the Weld Community Foundation can help this become a reality.

Traditionally, to start an endowment with the Foundation the upfront investment is $20,000. But for nonprofits awarded the Endowment Challenge, you only need to initially raise $10,000. Then the awarded grant matches your investment with another $10,000. 

Your endowment will help secure your nonprofit’s great future work for decades to come. 

Grant will be available again in December of 2024.  

“Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity and our Board are both deeply committed to the work that we do to eradicate poverty housing. The Endowment Challenge from Weld Community Foundation provided the perfect avenue for us to provide an opportunity for individuals, believers and supporters of our mission to invest in the longevity and sustainability of our organization and provide pathways out of poverty through affordable homeownership for families for generations to come.”
Lowrey Moyer, Faith & Development Director

Spread the Good Classes

The Foundation hosts a class for nonprofits once a month, January through June. The classes are free and the topics vary each session, as nonprofits suggest to the Foundation the current issues they want covered, guiding the content. 

Here are the classes available for 2024, with links to sign up (limit 35 per class). Each class is held at the 
Weld Community Foundation
2425 35th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634
in the Community Room (downstairs) 

Five Dysfunctions of a BoardTuesday, January 16th  11 to 1 PMwith Ray Caraway

About: With help from authors such as John Carver, Jerold Panas, Patrick Lencioni and others, we will discuss several very specific, “doable” steps your board can take in 2024 to increase its effectiveness and your organization’s impact. Come prepared to share ideas and to have some of your assumptions about boards challenged!
Lunch provided by the Foundation
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The 5 Elements of Leadership
Tuesday, February 20th  11 to 1 PM 
With Chalice Springfield 

About: Leadership is not confined to a title, a person or a job description–it’s a dynamic and collaborative process that engages individuals to work together toward a common purpose. Inspired by the principles of the Co-Active Leadership model, the “5 Elements of Leadership” workshop invites you to explore a holistic approach to leadership that empowers you to lead with authenticity, empathy, and influence. This transformational workshop will unlock the leadership potential within you whether you’re a seasoned leader, aspiring to lead or simply seeking to enhance your ability to influence and inspire.
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Building Organizational Capacities and Capabilities: Getting and Staying Ahead of the Demands on Your Nonprofit
Tuesday, March 19th  11 to 1 PM 
With Bob Tipton 

About: As the old saying goes, “nothing is constant—except change”, and this is particularly true in the nonprofit world. For most (okay, maybe all) nonprofits, the past few years have been filled with significant, transformational change that puts extreme pressure on an organization’s ability to deliver services, build capabilities and capacities—and have a manageable quality of life for their leaders and staff. While there isn’t a silver bullet to “fix” this dynamic, there are practical, helpful approaches a nonprofit can employ to build organizational capacity and capability—even as you work to deliver services. We’ll explore some proven practices that can help.
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Leveling Up Your Planned Giving Program in 2024 
Tuesday, April 16th. 11 to 1 PM 
With Rachel Spory-Leek & Zach Clapper from Denver Foundation 

About: Did you know that 1 in every 3 donors is interested AND willing to consider a planned giving, but hardly anyone is ever invited to do so? And are you aware that almost everyone has the ability to make a planned gift, and that middle-income donors are the most likely to do so? Participants of this session will leave with a clear set of prioritized action steps to advance their planned giving program. Specifically, session attendees will gain new ideas and strengthen skills through the following concept exploration:
Marketing – creating a year-round planned giving marketing campaign to keep planned giving accessible and front of mind.
Cultivation – leveraging high-value conversations with language proven effective in seeking and securing planned gifts.
Stewardship – ensuring that the organization has a sustainable stewardship program to retain planned gifts through the donor’s lifetime.
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Boost Your Cause: 5 Tools to Leverage Your Brand for Fundraising Success

Tuesday, May 21st  11 to 1 PM 
With Lyn Wineman

About: Turbocharge your nonprofit’s fundraising by harnessing the power of your brand. Strong branding elevates donor engagement, lifts fundraising success, and fortifies stakeholder connections, all without stretching your budget. This session equips you with five dynamic tools to uplift your brand strategy immediately, including:

  • Conducting effective Brand Audits to assess and boost your brand’s impact.
  • Developing Target Audience Personas to engage your diverse donor groups.
  • Crafting resonant Brand Purpose Statements to align with donors’ values.
  • Leveraging Brand Archetypes for a memorable, distinctive brand identity.
  • Building Foundational Messaging to amplify your appeal and engagement.


This session is your springboard to enhanced fundraising success. It offers strategic insights and actionable tools for an impactful brand lift.
Additionally, get a sneak peek at our 2023 Nonprofit Fundraising Effectiveness Survey, revealing valuable insights from recent end-of-year campaigns.
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Grant-Writing
 
Tuesday, June 18th  11 to 1 PM 
With Karen Wainscott
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“I am a new executive director and I’m prepping for the 2019 Board Retreat. So much of the information covered today can be used at this event, as well as helping the board to move forward!” 
2019 Spread the Good Class nonprofit leader

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