How to Submit an Application

To help you through the application process, we encourage you to visit the Before You Apply section of our website to determine what the Foundation supports, where to find the resources you need and what to expect through the review process.

Where to apply

We ask that you submit a grant application electronically through our website. Applying online is easy and accelerates the processing time. The online application form will walk you through the submission process in detail.

If you cannot complete an online application, please contact our Grantmaking Operations department at 303-953-3600 to make arrangements for an alternative submission.

Applying online

The following steps are designed to show you how to submit an application.

Step 1: Identify an eligible funding opportunity

Funding opportunities provide specific eligibility criteria and deadlines for applicants to review. It is important that you fit the criteria as an applicant before applying. You will begin your online application within a specific funding opportunity area of the website.

Step 2: Read the Frequently Asked Questions and prepare documents

The FAQ explains each section of the application and describe the types of questions you will be asked to answer. 

Before You Begin

We suggest the following steps before you begin the online application form:

  • Gather all of your attachments. Our Application Checklist (pdf) will help ensure that you have all the required attachments. Please note that some funding opportunities may require additional attachments - this will be indicated within that specific funding opportunity.
  • Complete the Line-item Budget Form (xls). To guide you in the development of your budget, please refer to the Budget Instructions (pdf).

Before submitting your application, we suggest that you either obtain electronic versions of the documents or convert them into PDF documents. Full instructions for uploading attachments are included in the online application form.

If you have additional questions not answered in these documents, please contact us.

Step 3: Begin your online application within the selected funding opportunity

Open funding opportunities will have the following button associated with them (button intentionally inactive).

Start Button

Click this button on a funding opportunity to begin your application.

Some funding opportunity applications may require that you establish or enter login credentials to begin. 

You will be prompted to enter your taxpayer identification number. If your organization does not have a taxpayer identification number, you may enter "0." At first the system will state the following: "The Tax ID that you entered was not found in the IRS database. Please check your entry. If it is correct, click "OK to begin filling out your application form." Then click "OK" to begin your application.

At any point in the process, you can click "Save and Finish Later." The first time you do this, you will be directed to "Please Sign In." If you are creating a new account, click "I am a new online applicant," enter your email address and create a password. Write down your password for future reference as the Foundation does not have access to or track this information. If you previously created an account for your application, return to the online application, click "I am a returning online applicant" and enter your email address and password.

Access Your Application

You can then review the information you've provided so far and make changes if needed. You can also print your application at any point by clicking the "printer-friendly version."

Step 4: Provide requested information

During the online application process, you will be asked to provide information about your organization, contact information for those involved with your proposal, and narrative about the project for which you are seeking support.

Step 5: Include All Required Attachments

The online application will prompt you to attach each required item. You may refer to the Attachment Checklist (pdf) to make sure that you have included all necessary materials. Please note that some funding opportunities or grant programs may require additional attachments - this will be indicated within that specific funding opportunity. In addition, we allow for the submission of one additional document (e.g., business plan, organization chart, etc.) in the online application. Use of this additional attachment is not required. If you have any questions about the required attachments, please contact us prior to submitting your proposal.

The online application will ask that you attach each required document. If you do not have a required attachment, we ask that you create a word processing document to explain why it was omitted and then upload that in the place of the required document.

Step 6: Review and Submit Your Online Application

Once you are finished entering information and attaching documents, click "Review and Submit." You will have an opportunity to review your materials before submitting your application. If any elements are missing, you will be prompted to complete the relevant section or attach the needed document before moving forward.

After clicking "Submit," you will receive an email confirmation that we have received your application. Please make sure you enter your email address accurately on your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please call our grants manager at 303.953.3600 to ensure that we have received it.

Once you have submitted an application online, please do not mail a duplicate hard copy or any additional attachments or information. Program officers will contact you if they have questions or need additional information.

More information:

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