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community grants program guidelines - The Denver Foundation

COMMUNITY

GRANTS

PROGRAM

GUIDELINES

Effective 2010


Table of

Contents

Grant Review Process

1

When to Apply for a Grant

1

What We Fund

2

What We Don’t Fund

3

Fundamental Factors

We Consider

3

Funding Priorities

4

How to Apply for a Grant

5

The Denver Foundation’s

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Back Cover

Proposal Checklist

Insert

Other Programs of

The Denver Foundation

Insert

What is

The Denver

Foundation?

Our mission: We inspire people and

mobilize resources to strengthen our

community.

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation

dedicated to improving the quality of life in

the seven-county Denver metropolitan area.

A community foundation is an endowment –

a permanent pool of money contributed by

thousands of individuals, families, and businesses.

Founded in 1925, The Denver Foundation now

stewards assets of more than half a billion dollars.

A portion of this endowment generates income

that supports the Foundation’s Community Grants

Program. This booklet describes how a nonprofit

organization serving people in Metro Denver

can apply for a grant from the Community

Grants Program.

Why should you read this booklet?

In this booklet, you’ll find information on

The Denver Foundation’s Community Grants

Program grants process, eligibility requirements,

what we are most interested in funding, what we

won’t fund, and – very specifically – what we require

in your grant application. We use the Colorado

If you have applied for a grant from

The Denver Foundation before,

it is essential that you read these

guidelines completely as several

elements of the grant application

process have changed, including our

financial and final report requirements.

Common Grant Application (revised 2008), with

two key differences explained in this booklet on

page 1 and the back cover.

Applying for a grant from any foundation can

be a complicated and time-consuming process.

Part of the process is determining whether your

organization is a good “fit” with a potential funder

and whether your organization has the necessary

structure and systems in place to apply.

This booklet is designed to increase your

organization’s chance of success in getting a

grant from The Denver Foundation.

We highly recommend that you read this booklet

cover-to-cover and review our online Frequently

Asked Questions at denverfoundation.org before

starting your application and before calling us.

Chances are that most of your questions will be

answered in one of these places, or in the very

useful Colorado Common Grant Application and

Report Users Guides, available on our website –

denverfoundation.org.


The Grant

Review Process

Because so many nonprofit

organizations meet the basic

requirements to apply for a grant

from The Denver Foundation, the

application process is very

competitive.

Only about 50% of the grant proposals received by

the Foundation are funded. (Please note that that

we use the terms “grant proposal,” “proposal,” and

“grant application” interchangeably in this booklet.)

All complete applications that are received by the deadline (see below) and meet our basic

requirements (see page 2) undergo a preliminary assessment by the Community Grants

Program staff. Close to 50% of applications are declined at this point, usually because they

lack alignment with the fundamental factors we consider (page 3) or are not a strong fit with

our funding priorities (page 4), or because we have limited funds available. Remaining

proposals are then assigned to program officers for a more complete analysis that usually

includes a visit to the organization. Next, proposals are presented to volunteer advisory

committees for review. The Denver Foundation has four such committees: Arts and Culture,

Civic and Education, Health, and Human Services. Each committee meets with the staff to

review requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Following the meeting where representatives from the Board of Trustees make the final

decisions, the Foundation promptly notifies each organization of the decision. Organizations

will receive a letter announcing a grant award or declination, a grant contract and grant

check if funding is approved, and, in most instances, a written rationale explaining

the decision.

When to Apply for a Grant

Following are The Denver Foundation’s grant proposal deadlines

and approximate decision dates.

Deadline Dates

The first business day of:

February

June

October

Approximate Decision Dates

Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

mid-June

mid-October

mid-February of the following year

It takes about four and a half months from the proposal deadline until the final decision.

We recognize that this is a long time. Our review process involves multiple steps, including

input from community advisory committees.

All proposals must be received complete with all items on the checklist (see insert) and

must be received in The Denver Foundation’s offices no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of

the deadline. In the interest of fairness, we take this deadline very seriously and proposals

received at any time after the deadline will be considered late. There are no exceptions

to this policy.

Difference #1

from CGA and CGR

A Difference from the

Common Grant Application

The Denver Foundation uses the Colorado

Common Grant Application (revised 2008) –

with an important difference: the Foundation

requires an audit for organizations with

revenues above $500,000. (See important

note on financial attachments on page 5).

If an organization receives a grant, or its proposal

is declined after review, The Denver Foundation will

not accept another proposal from that organization

for a minimum of 12 months. At the earliest, the

organization can reapply on the same deadline date

the following year. Recognizing that nonprofits

benefit from a diverse funding base, and to provide

the opportunity for new organizations to receive

grants, The Denver Foundation has a “three years

on, one year off” rule. If an organization receives

funding from the Community Grants Program for

three consecutive years, it must wait a calendar

year before re-applying.

For example, if an organization received its third

year of funding for a proposal submitted in February

2009, the earliest the organization can apply is

February 2011. If you have received three or more

previous grants from The Denver Foundation, you

may wish to check with the Associate Grants

Manager before you complete your grant proposal

to confirm that you are eligible to apply for a

grant this year.

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Need help with your grant

application?

The Denver Foundation offers a number of programs and services that can help you with your

application. Resources include pre-application workshops and opportunities to meet briefly

with program officers. Other organizations also offer workshops on the Colorado Common

Grant Application and Report. More information about these and other resources can be

found at www.denverfoundation.org.

Our website also includes a Frequently Asked Questions page and a link to the Colorado

Common Grant Application User’s Guide which may address your concerns. We regret that

due to the high volume of grant proposals received by the Foundation, we cannot review a

proposal before the deadline.

Tip #1

General Operating or

Program Support

Because we encourage

organizations to apply for their

area of greatest need, the most

common type of grant we make is

for general operating support.

If you apply for general operating

support, your proposal must

be four pages or less. Program

requests may use up to five pages.

Tip #2

Remember the Revenue!

Organizations often fail to include

revenue in their organizational or

project budget, and only list expenses.

Failing to list revenue will

result in a proposal being rejected

as incomplete. You could throw

lots of hard work down the drain

with this mistake – so be sure to

include the revenue side in all

budgets!

What We Fund

To qualify for a grant from

The Denver Foundation’s

Community Grants Program,

an organization must:

• be a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit

organization;

• serve residents in one or more of the

following Colorado counties: Adams,

Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield,

Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson;and

• provide a service that falls under one

of the four funding areas of Arts and

Culture, Civic and Education, Health,

or Human Services.

Thousands of organizations meet the basic

requirements listed above, and the number of

proposals received by the Foundation continues

to increase. As a result, The Denver Foundation has

established fundamental factors we consider for

each request and funding priorities (see pages 3

and 4). The Foundation gives great weight to both

these fundamental factors and the priorities

when considering proposals in an increasingly

competitive funding environment.

If, after reading this booklet and the Colorado

Common Grant Application User’s Guide you

have questions or need further information,

please contact:

The Denver Foundation

Bill Inama, Associate Grants Manager

55 Madison Street, 8th Floor

Denver, CO 80206

Direct Phone: 720-974-2600

Main Phone: 303-300-1790

Fax: 303-300-6547

www.denverfoundation.org

Questions to:

binama@denverfoundation.org

Email proposals to:

cgpapplications@denverfoundation.org

frequently provides general operating support

grants, which many organizations find most helpful.

We strongly discourage organizations from creating

new programs to meet our priorities.

When determining how much to request, please

note that the average grant from The Denver

Foundation ranged from $13,000 to $16,000 in

2009. Our grants span the spectrum from $3,000

to $30,000. We never award grants for more than

the requested amount and it is common for a

grant award to be lower than the requested

amount. Please see our annual report website:

2008report.denverfoundation.org for descriptions

and amounts of past grants.

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An organization can apply for general operating

support, or for funding specific to a program or

project. The Foundation encourages organizations

to apply for their area of greatest need, in

alignment with our funding priorities and

fundamental factors we consider, and as such


What We

Don’t Fund

The Community Grants Program

does not consider requests to fund

the following. Proposals for these

purposes are declined.

• Requests from organizations that have received

funding from the Community Grants Program for

the three previous consecutive calendar years

• Organizations with fund balance deficits (on

balance sheet) in their most recently completed

fiscal year

• Organizations that discriminate on the basis

of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender

expression, age, national origin (ancestry),

disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or

military status, except to serve a historically

disadvantaged group

• Debt retirement

• Activities, projects, or programs that will have

been completed before funding becomes available

(no retroactive funding); see page 1 “When to

Apply for a Grant”

• Endowments or other reserve funds

• Capital campaigns

• Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or

special events

• Conferences and symposia and related travel

• Grants that further political doctrine or

religious activities

• Grants to individuals

• Scholarships or sponsorships (visit

http://www.denverfoundation.org for more

information on scholarships administered by

the Foundation)

• Medical, scientific, or academic research

• Grants to parochial or religious schools

• Grants to government agencies

• Requests from individual public schools or

departments/programs of universities or colleges

– or foundations/organizations that raise money

for individual public schools – that have not

coordinated the request with their central

school district/university administration or

fundraising arm

• Creation or installation of art objects

• Grants for re-granting purposes

• Multi-year funding requests (Please note: the

Foundation, on rare occasions, provides past

grantees with multi-year grants. Organizations

cannot, however, request such funding.)

Fundamental

Factors We Consider

In addition to evaluating each

proposal against the funding

priorities on the next page, the

Foundation evaluates these factors

for every grant request:

• Does the proposal serve low-income or otherwise

disadvantaged populations?

• Does the organization demonstrate sound fiscal

management practices?

• Does the organization or the program address

the root causes of or help to prevent a

community-wide problem?

• Does the proposal address community

needs effectively and efficiently?

• Does the organization operate with effective

staff and make maximum use of volunteers?

• Does the organization strive to be inclusive

of and responsive to diverse populations,

including in the creation and provision of

services and recruitment and retention of

board, staff, and volunteers?

• Does the organization demonstrate impact

or past success? Does the organization use

relevant evaluation to assess its progress

toward meeting its goals?

• For new organizations/programs, are there

solid plans for implementation, evaluation,

and sustainability?

• Does the agency collaborate when appropriate?

Does the organization avoid unnecessarily

duplicating existing programs or services?

• Do 100% of board members make a personal

financial contribution and do they represent

the variety of skill sets needed to govern

the organization?

Tip #3

Getting an updated IRS

determination letter

Your IRS determination letter

must be dated within the past five

years. Plan at least a month ahead

to get an updated letter of 501(c)3

determination from the IRS.

Simply call the IRS toll free at

877-829-5500 with your

organization’s name and EIN

(Employee Identification Number),

and the IRS will, after checking its

database, prepare a new letter and

mail it to you. Note that the IRS

no longer faxes letters, and letters

can take four weeks – or longer –

to be processed and mailed.

Tip #4

What’s the best time

to apply?

Be sure to choose an application

date that gives you enough time

to prepare the required fiscal yearend

financial documents. If your

fiscal year ends a month or two

before the deadline, it may be

unlikely that your organization

would be able to complete the

financial documents that are

required. As stated, we require

end-of-fiscal year statements for

all proposals of organizations that

have been operating for a year

or more.

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Tip #5

What do we do if we

don’t have end of year

financial statements?

If your organization has been in

business for less than one year

and consequently, you do not

have fiscal year-end financial

statements available, you may

still apply to The Denver

Foundation. Be sure to include

a page explaining the situation,

otherwise your proposal will be

considered incomplete. You must

still submit all other required

financial information

Funding Priorities

The Denver Foundation’s Community Grants Program funds organizations

that meet one or more of the following priorities. Note: The Foundation

focuses on organizations or programs that serve low-income or otherwise

disadvantaged populations. Grants to public schools or programs delivered

in public schools are targeted to schools that have 50% or more students

that qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Arts and Culture

• Advance K-12 arts education or integrate the arts into public education core curricula,

especially in ways that promote long-term, embedded, in-school arts programming

• Interdisciplinary programs, programs that use the arts to address social issues, or

programs that use the arts to promote cultural exchange

• Develop and expand audiences, especially by engaging diverse and under-reached people

in the community

• Support unique, innovative, creative, or excellent approaches to art forms

Health

• Expand access to health care or improve the health of lower income people and those who

are uninsured or underinsured

• Promote mental and physical health through education, prevention, and early intervention

• Foster early childhood development by improving health or access to high quality

health care

• Improve health or access to health care and related services, especially for those who are

stigmatized by adverse social or health conditions

Civic and Education

• Promote effective education, whether inside or

outside the classroom

• Address gaps in academic achievement or expand

educational opportunities for disadvantaged

students.

• Expand the availability of high-quality early

childhood education

• Involve families or the broader community in the

education and development of children, including

by strengthening parenting skills or advocacy

• Foster civic responsibility or community

involvement

• Enhance neighborhood assets by involving

residents in strengthening their neighborhoods

and community

Human Services

• Help low-income individuals and families with

children, including those involved in the

corrections system, achieve stability and

economic self-sufficiency

• Address the needs of immigrants and

their children

• Provide child and youth development programs

focusing on prevention, intervention, or informal

education during off-school hours

• Promote intercultural understanding or foster

understanding among people of different

economic backgrounds

• Help individuals and families with children who

are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access

safe, stable shelter and affordable housing

• Provide assistance to those who suffer from or are

at risk of violence, abuse, or neglect

• Provide services to assist low-income elderly,

especially to help them reside independently for

as long as possible


How to Apply for a Denver Foundation Grant

To apply for a grant from The Denver Foundation, use the revised 2008 Colorado Common Grant Application

(CGA) and its companion, the Common Grant Report (CGR). We strongly encourage you to review the Users

Guides for both publications; they are invaluable tools. The CGA, CGR, and their Users Guides can be found

at our website, www.denverfoundation.org.

While The Denver Foundation uses the CGA and CGR, we have two significant differences described below:

1) We require specific year-end financial attachments; and 2) We require previous grant recipients to

submit an interim or final report in the CGR format regarding their previous grant (including responses

to the asterisked questions on our grant rationale or contract).

In addition, the Foundation has requirements for organizations that fall into certain types of special

circumstances, such as school districts and local affiliates of national organizations. Please check the list

of special circumstances to the right to see if this applies to your organization.

Items to be Included

See the Colorado Common Grant

Application (CGA) and User’s Guide

for information about required items.

Send your complete proposal in the format

described on the back cover to:

Bill Inama, Associate Grants Manager

The Denver Foundation

55 Madison, 8th Floor

Denver, CO 80206

Send email proposals to:

cgpapplication@denverfoundation.org

Questions to: binama@denverfoundation.org

We accept hard copies of proposals or emailed

proposals – but all items must be included in one

hard copy packet OR in one email. Please note:

if you email your proposal and do not receive an

email confirmation within 24 hours, contact the

Associate Grants Manager at 720-974-2600 to

verify that your proposal was received.

We encourage you to send in email applications

with enough time to receive confirmation prior to

the deadline.

Important Note on

Final/Interim Reports:

The Denver Foundation requires that past

grantees submit a copy of the final or

interim report for their most recent

Denver Foundation Community Grants

Program grant with their grant applications.

We only accept the Common Grant Report

(CGR). This is available on our website

(www.denverfoundation.org) or from our Associate

Grants Manager. You must describe how you

responded to any asterisked items in your previous

grant rationale or contract.

Important Note on

Financial Attachments

Like the CGA, we require financials from

your most recently completed fiscal year.

However, please note the following

difference, which is based on your total

revenues for the most recently completed

fiscal year:

• Revenues greater than $500,000 — you must

provide a complete Audit (with notes,

management letter, etc.) performed by a Certified

Public Accountant who is independent of your

organization. If an audit is unavailable for the

most recently completed fiscal year, you must

turn in two things:

1) internal year-end financial statements

(balance sheet and income statement)

for the most recently completed fiscal

year, and

2) an audit from the previous fiscal year

• Revenues less than $500,000 — when an audit

is not available, you must provide your Statement

of Financial Position (Balance Sheet) and

Statement of Activities (Income and

Expense Statement).

In either case you may NOT substitute the IRS

Form 990 for the required materials.

The requirements for all other financial

attachments are the same as in the Common

Grant Application.

Special

Circumstances!

Please read to find out if

you fall into one of these

categories…

If your organization:

• is a local affiliate of a national

organization and operates under

the 501(c)3 determination of the

national organization,

• does not have 501(c)3 status and

wants to apply with a fiscal sponsor,

• is a school district or

university/college,

• is a program, project, department,

or individual school within a school

district or university/college, or

• is a foundation that is the

fundraising arm for another

nonprofit organization or is an

organization that raises funds for

another nonprofit,

then your organization must provide

information and documentation in

addition to, or different from, that

which is described in this booklet.

In these circumstances, it is very

important that you get the special

information that you need before you

submit your grant proposal. Failure

to do so may result in a declination

of your proposal.

Before you apply, visit the

Foundation’s website at

http://www.denverfoundation.org,

download an additional checklist,

and review our Frequently

Asked Questions.

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Tip #6

Double-check

the checklist!

It’s easy to overlook an item

when you are working on a grant

application. A fresh set of eyes

can help. Have someone else

review your application to be

sure you have included every

item on the checklist inserted

within this booklet. The Denver

Foundation uses a slightly

different order than the Common

Grant Application.

Tip #7

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions after

reading this booklet and reviewing

the Colorado Common Grant

Application and Report Users

Guides, check the list of Frequently

Asked Questions available on our

website (www.denverfoundation.org).

If none of these resources

answers your concern, contact

the Associate Grants Manager

at 720-974-2600 or

binama@denverfoundation.org.

Tip #8

What is The Denver

Foundation’s Anti-

Discrimination Policy?

The Denver Foundation shall not

discriminate on the basis of race,

color, religion (creed), gender,

gender expression, age, national

origin (ancestry), disability,

marital status, sexual orientation,

or military status in any of its

activities or operations. These

activities include, but are not

limited to, hiring and firing of

staff, selection of volunteers,

selection of vendors, and

provision of services.

Proposal Format

Because of the high volume of proposals we receive, we have specific formatting requirements to ease the

intake process:

• Submit only one copy of your proposal.

• Because we scan all proposals submitted, we request that you:

– Submit all materials printed single-sided on 8 ½ x 11 paper.

Please reduce any oversized or legal sized pages to 8 ½ x 11 size.

– Do not use three-ring binders, staples, paper clips or any binding apparatus on any materials

(including audits). Submit all loose materials in a single large envelope.

– Do not use sticky notes to flag sections of your proposal.

• Use a standard 12 point or larger font (such as Times New Roman).

• Please include all of the elements and information listed in “Items to be Included” on the previous page

and on the checklist inserted in this booklet . We encourage you to use the checklist as you finalize your

application packet. It may prevent you from inadvertently leaving out a required document.

• Please label or number each item to correspond with the numbers on the checklist, as this will help you

and the Foundation to be sure you’ve included everything.

• You may email your proposal or send in or drop off a hard copy, but you must submit all of your documents

in either one email or in one proposal packet – we will not accept proposals if some of the required

attachments are sent via email and hard copies are sent of others. We also cannot receive additional

materials once your proposal has been submitted.

• Applications that are not in the proper format and fail to include all elements on the checklist by the

deadline date will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for funding.

Difference #2 from CGA and CGR

A Difference from the Common Grant Report

When applying for a new grant, if you have received funding from The Denver Foundation in the past, be

sure to include the final or interim report for your most recent grant. In your report, include a detailed

response to any asterisked items in the most recent grant rationale or grant contract you have received

from The Denver Foundation.

55 Madison Street, 8th Floor, Denver, CO 80206 | 303-300-1790 | 303-300-6547 Fax | www.denverfoundation.org


Proposal Checklist

The following is a checklist of the items that must be included in your application in order to be considered for a grant.

If your application is missing any of these items, it will be incomplete and withdrawn from consideration. Please use

this checklist or make a copy and return it with your application to ensure that you have included everything on this list.

Please note this list is in slightly different order from the Common Grant Application. It would be extremely helpful to us

if you would number the items in your application packet to correspond with this checklist.

Proposal Format:

❍ Single sided on 8 ½ x 11 paper

❍ Standard 12 point or larger font

❍ No staples, clips, or binding of any kind

❍ All items labeled or numbered according to the below list

❍ Section I. Cover Letter (one page) Please note: unless you opt out in the cover letter, information from your application may be shared with

other programs or funds of The Denver Foundation (see back of this page)

❏ Proof of IRS federal tax-exempt status, updated within the last five years

❍ Section II. Summary Sheet Form (two pages from the Colorado Common Grant Application)

Section III. Narrative (maximum four pages for general operating support; five pages for program / project requests) Follow the CGA format;

answer all questions.

❍ 1. Organizational Background ❍ 5. Evaluation ❍ 9. Volunteers

❍ 2. Goals ❍ 6. Collaboration ❍ 10. Planning

❍ 3. Current Programs ❍ 7. Inclusiveness ❍ 11. Optional

❍ 4. Program Requests Only ❍ 8. Board/Governance

Section IV. Attachments

❍ 1. Fiscal year-end financial statements (Do not substitute IRS Form 990.)

• (a) If revenues are above $500,000, AUDIT

• If your audit is not yet complete, include two things:

– Internal financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year

– PREVIOUS YEAR’S audit/review

• (b) If revenues are below $500,000, Internal financial statements

• Statement of Financial Position, a.k.a. Balance Sheet

• Statement of Activities, a.k.a. Income Statement or Profit & Loss

• (c) If your audit is not yet complete, include: internal financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year

AND PREVIOUS YEAR’S audit/review

❍ 2(a). Current organizational budget, with revenue and expenses

❍ 2(b). Current program budget, with revenue and expenses, needed in addition, (only for program/project requests)

❍ 3. Current (year-to-date) financial statements, dated in the last three months

❏ Statement of Financial Position, a.k.a. Balance Sheet

❏ Statement of Activities, a.k.a. Income Statement or Profit & Loss

❍ 4. Sources of Income table for most recently completed fiscal year

❍ 5. Major contributors for last two fiscal years

❍ 6. In-kind contributions for last two fiscal years

❍ 7. Board of directors list with affiliations/skill sets

❍ 8. Anti-discrimination statement adopted by the board of directors

❍ 9. Key staff with qualifications

❍ 10. Grant Report (if a previous grantee of The Denver Foundation) – You must include an interim or final report on your most recent grant.

Use the Common Grant Report (CGR), and add a separate section for your detailed response to any asterisked items in The Denver

Foundation’s most recent rationale or contract. If you’ve already turned in your grant report for the most recent grant, please include

a copy of that report this application.

❍ 11. Technical Assistance Report – If you have received a technical assistance grant from The Denver Foundation, make sure you have

submitted your required grant report on time.

❍ 12. Annual report, if available

❍ 13. Evaluation results (optional)

Remember: if you have any questions about the information requested, please call The Denver Foundation Associate Grants Manager at

720-974-2600 or a Program Officer at 303-300-1790.

Thank you for your hard work to improve life in Metro Denver!


Other Programs of The Denver Foundation

In addition to distributing funds through the Community Grants Program, The Denver Foundation also supports the

community by administering donor-advised funds and scholarships, the Strengthening Neighborhoods Program,

Technical Assistance Fund, the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, Social Venture Partners Denver, and the Inclusiveness

Project. More information on these programs, and others, can be found on our website – www.denverfoundation.org –

or by calling 303-300-1790. Please note that, unless you let us know in your cover letter or contact the Associate

Grants Manager in writing , information from your application may be shared with other programs of The Denver

Foundation or donor advisors. However, sharing such information is not a guarantee that your organization will

receive funding from other Denver Foundation programs or funds.

Donor-advised funds are distributed with the advice of donors, separately from the Community Grants Program.

The Denver Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for donor-advised funds. Receiving a grant from a

donor-advised fund, or from any of the programs mentioned above, does not impact your ability to apply for the

Community Grants Program.

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Dear Friends/Potential Grantees,

2011 Grant Guidelines Clarification

This notice does not contain any new information, but seeks to clarify aspects of our grant

application process that have been perplexing to potential grantees.

‣ Budgets: You must provide current budget(s). This means the budget that is current on

the day of the proposal deadline. For example, if you are submitted your proposal on

February 1, you must submit a budget that is in place for the time period including

February 1.

‣ Evaluation: In the Evaluation section of the Common Grant Application Narrative, you

need to demonstrate not only how you measure your work, but also share your actual

results. Please see the Users’ Guide of the Common Grant Application for more

information.

‣ Geography: Grants from the Community Grants Program of The Denver Foundation

must serve residents in one or more of the seven counties that make up metro Denver:

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. For

organizations that provide services statewide, make sure your proposal is focused on your

operations in the seven counties, including how funds granted from The Denver

Foundation will be restricted for use in that area and what percent of the clients you serve

reside in the seven-county metro Denver region.

‣ Reports: Grant reports must include a detailed response to any asterisked items in The

Denver Foundation’s most recent funding Rationale. Please add a section to your grant

report devoted to these responses.

‣ Technical Assistance Grantees: If you have received a technical assistance grant from

The Denver Foundation, make sure you have submitted your required grant report on

time.

‣ No additions/revisions: Check your proposal carefully before sending it in. Due to the

volume of proposals we receive, no corrections, additions or revisions to your proposal

will be accepted after it is submitted.

‣ Submitting Proposals by E-mail: For proposals submitted by e-mail, contact the

Foundation if you have not received a confirmation from us within 24 hours. This is

noted specifically in the Grant Guidelines and is a very important step.

Thank you for your grant application and for your service to our community!

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