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Nonprofit Grants Overview

The Boettcher Foundation has been providing nonprofit grants in Colorado since the organization was founded in 1937.

From early grants to institutions like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Denver Botanic Gardens, the Boettcher Foundation has sought to support the nonprofits that are working to make Colorado a better place. Today, we are proud to note that the Boettcher Foundation has provided capital grants in every county in the state of Colorado.

Ranging from well-known institutions like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado to important community facilities like Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan and the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction, nonprofit grant funding from the Boettcher Foundation helps high-potential organizations obtain or adapt the facilities they need to amplify their impact in the community. Our nonprofit grant funding has also included significant support of the state’s colleges and universities.

Today, Boettcher Foundation nonprofit grants focus specifically on capital campaigns. The foundation makes grants to support capital campaigns for the purchase, construction or major renovation of buildings that are owned and used by Colorado nonprofit organizations.

From shifting demographics to rapidly evolving technology, heightened funder expectations to increased community needs, the pressure for Colorado’s nonprofits to demonstrate and accelerate impact is greater than ever. Organizations struggle to create and maintain a stable foundation upon which they can grow and innovate.

The Boettcher Foundation’s goal is to support Colorado nonprofits in rising to these challenges by helping to provide the physical capacity that will allow them to carry out their missions and be catalysts for positive change in our state.

Nonprofit Grants Guidelines

To qualify for a nonprofit grant supporting a capital campaign, an organization must be a Colorado 501(c)(3) in good standing. Nonprofit grant seekers must fill out a prequalification form before formally applying.

We currently award nonprofit grants for capital projects in three categories. Our focus areas within the three categories are listed below.

Community Enrichment Capital Grants

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and multi-use facilities
  • Youth development

The deadline to complete the prequalification form for this category is March 31, 2017.

Social Services Capital Grants

  • Basic needs
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Protective services, such as safehouses and children’s advocacy

The deadline to complete the prequalification form for this category is August 4, 2017.

Education Capital Grants

  • Higher education/post-secondary

The deadline to complete the prequalification form for this category is November 17, 2017.

Note: Our support for early childhood education centers is administered through Qualistar Early Learning QCap Fund. Please visit Qualistar’s website at to apply for capital funding.

If you have questions about the Boettcher Foundation’s nonprofit grants program, please visit our frequently asked questions page or contact us at or 303.534.1937.

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Fill out our prequalification form to determine if your organization qualifies to apply for a capital grant.

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