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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT FROM THE BOETTCHER FOUNDATION. WE ARE MONITORING THE COVID-19 RESPONSE CLOSELY AND HAVE LAUNCHED THE COVID BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INNOVATION FUND, A $1 MILLION RAPID RESPONSE FUND THAT WE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL AND AWARDED GRANTS IN MAY. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE CHOSEN TO SUPPORT STATEWIDE EFFORTS ALREADY UNDERWAY. IF YOU ARE SEEKING COVID-19 EMERGENCY SUPPORT, PLEASE VISIT HELPCOLORADONOW.ORG.

Colorado Grantmaking

For 82 years, the Foundation has been committed to the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. We have invested in our state’s highest potential individuals and organizations because their leadership cultivates transformational community impact. Moving forward, we will continue this work.

After pausing for a strategic review of our grantmaking, we are excited to clarify our funding priorities:

  • We are reaffirming our commitment to the Boettcher Scholarship, biomedical research, and initiative-based investments. The emphasis on human capital will be a continued focus as we deepen and expand our support of the organizations that are tackling Colorado’s most important issues.
  • The Foundation will also continue to consider capital building or community infrastructure projects.
  • Whether human capital or capital building (community infrastructure) projects, we will only fund proposals that align with the core strategies outlined below.
  • The Foundation will prioritize proposals that serve rural Colorado and/or emphasize a statewide scope. 

Core Strategies for Funding

Over the past year, we sought and received stakeholder input from organizations, individuals, and communities across Colorado. Based on the strategic review and feedback, we plan to prioritize proposals that address challenges with a lens of rural depth or statewide breadth in their focus. Our long-term goal is to build Colorado by being the cornerstone of strategic leadership opportunities that achieve transformational impact. As a result, our Trustees have set the following core funding strategies:

Convene: We support the creation of and investment in opportunities to build a connected community. We gather and inspire Coloradans to revisit current efforts and develop new ideas to drive Colorado forward.

Collaborate: We support partnership efforts with key stakeholders around opportunities that advance Coloradans and communities. We leverage the expertise and resources of key partners, empowering us to accomplish more for Colorado.

Learn: We support the elevation of new approaches to solving Colorado’s greatest challenges. We support research and gather new knowledge to guide our investments, culture, and community-building.

Lead: We support the investment of our resources in organizations and initiatives that strive to innovate, impact, and improve quality of life for Coloradans. We believe people are our greatest asset for achieving change and creating thriving communities.

Grantmaking Process

The Boettcher Foundation has expended its grantmaking allocation for 2020 and we are no longer accepting new inquiries as of December 1. We encourage you to check back in early 2021 when we will communicate our grant cycles and application windows.

If you have other application-related questions in the meantime, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

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See where our Colorado capital nonprofit grants go.