Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund at The Community Foundation of Boulder County

2017 Guidelines

Grants will be given only to public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501-(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and groups with 509-(a)(1) and 509-(a)(4) status are also eligible since both of these designations are sub-categories of the 501-(c)(3) status.

We recommend new prospective grantees apply for program support.

The JPF Gift Fund supports nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado.
If your organization has received support from us in 2009 through 2016 then you may choose to apply for general operating support.

Four Focus Areas of Support:

Access to high quality education:
Includes early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary education, with a focus on programs that serve at-risk, underserved, and out of school youth.

Access to healthcare:
Includes programs with a focus on low-income, underinsured or uninsured children and individuals.

Environmental protection and awareness:
Includes programs that promote environmental protection and preservation.

Diverse/Healthy Communities:
Includes programs that promote economically self-sufficient families and individuals; organizations that promote inclusion and provide support to individuals experiencing hardship and challenges due to homelessness, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation, military service, disabilities and aging.

Within our areas of interest, grants awarded will be the following types:

• General Operating Support
• Project/Program Support
• Challenge/Matching Support

Grants are not made to the following:
• Capital improvements
• Individual Scholarship requests
• Events, annual campaigns, membership drives, or conferences
• Individuals
• Retirement of debt
• Loans
• Litigation
• Legislative lobbying or support of political candidates
• Outside of the grant cycle

Note: Generally, grants are not made to organizations outside the state of Colorado. Exceptions may be made only at the discretion of the Grants Advisory Committee.

Grantee List:
Links to previous grantees can be found here: 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
2016,2017

The Application Process

We are requesting all grantees use the revised Colorado Common Grant Application (www.coloradocommongrantforms.org).

The grant process includes a one to two-page Letter of Interest (LOI.)

The LOI Submission:
• Describe your organization’s mission, programs and target population served as well as the type of grant you are requesting.
• Maximum of two pages.
• Along with the LOI, please attach your organization’s current-year operating budget, the requested program budget (include both itemized income and expenses) and the 501c3 determination letter from the IRS.
• The LOI and required materials must be emailed to gina@jaredpolisfoundation.org in one PDF attachment.
• Please include your organization’s name in the PDF title.
• All organizations must submit a LOI every year regardless of prior year funding from the JPF Gift Fund.

The grants committee will review the LOIs and respond to all interested organizations within two weeks of the LOI deadline, either inviting them to complete the Colorado Common Grant Application (CCG) or informing the organization that we will not be requesting a full application from them.

If your organization is invited to apply, please send all application materials (including introduction letter, summary pages, narrative and all required attachments, including attachment 11 focused on data collection and analysis, of the Colorado Common Grant Application) electronically to gina@jaredpolisfoundation.org. All electronic submissions must be sent in one PDF attachment. Please include your organization’s name in the PDF title. We do not accept hard copies or late proposals.

Guidelines and Requirements

Before submitting your LOI, please carefully read and understand the guidelines and requirements. We know the number of proposals received and the funds requested will exceed our available resources. Please know we appreciate all of your work, regardless of whether we are able to fund your request.
• Organizations are limited to one grant request per calendar year.
• Our range of giving is from $2,500 to $10,000. Please note that the majority of grants awarded will fall somewhere in the middle of this range.
• We are unable to meet personally with prospective grantees before an application is submitted. Once we have received your application, we will contact you if we need additional information.
If your organization receives funding support: A copy of the Common Grant Report Format (CGRF) will be included with the funds. Please complete the summary sheet and respond only to the boxes checked when completing the narrative portion of the report. This report must be completed within 12 months after receiving funding. Your organization must submit a completed CGRF before it can apply for support in the following year.

Please send all correspondence, i.e. LOIs and grant applications in one PDF attachment, electronically to gina@jaredpolisfoundation.org. Please include your organization’s name in the PDF title. We do not accept hard copies or late proposals.

Note: You will receive an email confirmation within 36 hours for all correspondence related to your grant: LOI and/or CCG application. If you do not receive an email confirmation we did not receive your electronic submission.

Note: Many of our established grantees are on a two-year funding hiatus from the JPF Gift Fund beginning in 2016 and ending in 2018. Additional organizations will begin a funding hiatus in 2017, and it will end in 2019. These organizations will be notified via email.

Deadlines:
• For the past four years the JPF Gift Fund grants committee has approved designated grant cycles per focus area; please see below to note the grant cycle in which your organization may apply. If you are unsure of what focus area your organization fits best in, please contact Gina.
• Organizations will be notified of funding within 45 days following each CCG application deadline. Please note we are unable to respond to emergency funding requests.

Access to High Quality Education:
Includes early childhood, K-12 and post-secondary education, with a focus on programs that serve at-risk, underserved, and out of school youth.
1st Grant Cycle
LOI Deadline: February 6, 2017 by 5pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: February 22, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: March 22, 2017 by 5pm (MST)

Diverse/Healthy Communities:
Includes programs that promote economically self-sufficient families and individuals; organizations that promote inclusion and provide support to individuals experiencing hardship and challenges due to homelessness, ethnicity and race, sexual orientation, military service, disabilities and aging.
2nd Grant Cycle: Diverse/Healthy Communities
LOI Deadline: June 5, 2017 by 5pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: June 21, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: July 21, 2017 by 5pm (MST)

Environmental Protection and Awareness:
Includes programs that provide environmental education to youth and adults, and promote environmental protection and preservation.

Health
Includes programs with a focus on low-income, underinsured or uninsured children and individuals.
3rd Grant Cycle: Environment and Health
LOI Deadline: September 5, 2017 by 5pm (MST)
Response to LOIs: September 20, 2017
CCG Application Deadline: October 20, 2017 by 5pm (MST)

The Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation, in any of its funding decisions.

Contact

Gina Nocera
Executive Director
Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund
P.O. Box 4659
Boulder, CO 80306
303.865.3980 mobile
gina@jaredpolisfoundation.org.