grants and program distributions

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado made $9.2 million in grant and program distributions during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019. The majority of our grants are made from Donor Advised and Designated funds; typically less than 2% of our annual distributions are made as part of our annual competitive grant cycle, which is described below. Click here to view a list of all grant recipients from 2018 - 2019. 

The Community Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) charitable entities, educational institutions, churches, or municipalities. We do not make grants to individuals or businesses.

Competitive Grant Cycle

Each summer we invite charitable organizations that serve Berthoud, the Estes Valley, or Loveland residents to submit a grant application for consideration by our grantmaking committees. Fort Collins grantmaking committee does not participate in the Competitive Grant cycle. It does, however, accept grant requests that align with one or more of the committee's funding priorities on a rolling basis following discussion with the Donor Services Manager. (An agency that is located in Fort Collins may submit a grant application to the Berthoud or Loveland grantmaking committees as long as the agency's funding request meets the criteria.) 

The 2020 grant cycle opens July 1. Funding decisions are made in early November. 


Report on Funding Received 

If a final report is required, the grant award letter sent to your organization with the check will provide details regarding timing and submission. All reports should be submitted electronically using the online Report Form


Contact your Donor Services team at or call Donor Services Manager Elizabeth Messerli at (970) 488-1986.

Additional Grant Opportunities


The GroupGives Fund serves as the charitable arm of The Group Real Estate. The fund was founded on the belief that every person should have a place to call home, and grants from the fund support organizations and programs that promote this belief. Click here to learn more.


The Kayla Foundation

The Kayla Foundation provides support to Poudre School District (PSD) students with financial needs, helping them more fully participate in their school’s music programs. In addition to helping PSD schools by helping to enhance their music programs, the Kayla Foundation also supports Larimer County nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs of children and young adults with providing musical opportunities for their clients. Click here to learn more. DUE DATE: February 1, 2020.