Community Connections Grants

We invest in initiatives or infrastructure projects that strengthen the connections between individuals and organizations. We have three annual funding cycles in which we accept Community Connections inquiries through a Grant Inquiry Form. Grants awarded in this category are typically in the range of $20,000 – $75,000.

Grants Overview

Recent projects funded through the Community Connections grant include:

  • Mesa County Public Health and Public Libraries (Clifton, CO): Mesa County Public Health and Mesa County Libraries are constructing a community campus that will house a library, early childhood education training center, community center, and childcare facility.
  • Community of Caring Foundation (Cripple Creek, CO): Community of Caring has repurposed an historic casino into a one-stop social services hub with space for 28 partner organizations and a telehealth center.
  • Latino Leadership Institute (Statewide): The Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) helps identify, prepare, and elevate Latino and other diverse leaders across Colorado and the country. Grant support to expand LLI’s Ignite Program—an accessible, online leadership development curriculum for young professionals—will help the organization scale to sustainability and reach thousands of Coloradans.

Eligibility and Criteria:

Colorado-based nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. After a competitive review, inquiries that most align with the Community Connections focus area will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

Grants will be awarded after a competitive review.

Please note that the Boettcher Foundation does not fund, or prioritize funding, for the following:

  • General operating support
  • Ongoing cultural, social, and human service programming
  • Fundraising events
  • Foundations or funds that provide financial assistance to individuals
  • Capital projects and programs for religious purposes
  • Organizations primarily serving animals
  • Capital projects at K-12 charter, public, or private schools
  • Hospital facilities
  • Affordable housing (standalone)
  • Emergency service equipment or vehicles


Timeline to Apply - 2024

Note: We prefer that organizations only submit one application of either grant opportunity (Rural Catalyst grant OR Community Connections grant) per cycle.

Cycle 1: February 1 - March 1

Grant Inquiry Form Submission

Cycle 1: March 29

Invitation for Proposal or Declination

Cycle 1: May 16

Notification of Funding

Cycle 2: May 1 - May 31

Grant Inquiry Form Submission

Cycle 2: June 28

Invitation for Proposal or Declination

Cycle 2: August 29

Notification of Funding

Cycle 3: August 1 – August 30

Grant Inquiry Form Submission

Cycle 3: September 20

Invitation for Proposal or Declination

Cycle 3: November 20

Notification of Funding

Staff will review inquiries during the acceptance windows, typically responding within six weeks of receipt, to inform organizations if they will be invited to submit a full application. Questions about the grants process for Community Connections Grants can be emailed to

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Additional Types of Grants


Rural Catalyst Grants

We strengthen the internal capacity of organizations to achieve their goals related to the topics covered in the Foundation’s Rural Leadership Collaborative meetings.
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Leadership Practitioner Catalyst Grants

The Leadership Practitioner Catalyst Grant Program strengthens the capacity of leadership organizations that are working to create a more inclusive and accessible leadership ecosystem in Colorado.

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