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SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Guidelines for Organizations with Special Circumstances

Some organizations fall into categories that do not fit with the CGA format. Most of these circumstances are
incorporated into the online application process. If any of the circumstances below apply to your organization and
you have questions, please contact a grants manager at 303.300.1790.

These special circumstances apply if the organization:

  • Is a local affiliate operating under the 501(c)(3) of a national organization.
  • Does not have 501(c)(3) status and is applying with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Is a foundation that is the fundraising arm for another nonprofit organization.
  • Is an organization that raises funds for another nonprofit organization.
  • Is a school district or a university/college.
  • Is an individual school, department, program, or project within a school district or university/college.
  • Is applying on behalf of a collaborative

Guidelines for using a Fiscal Sponsor

Under limited circumstances, The Denver Foundation may provide support for new organizations that don't yet have their 501(c)3 designation, but do have a fiscal sponsorship relationship with another 501(c)3 organization. If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download the Fiscal Sponsor Guidelines [PDF]

Guidelines for Local Affiliates or Chapters of National Organizations

An organization that is a locally-based chapter or affiliate operating under the 501(c)(3) of a national organization may apply for funding. If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download the Local/National Guidelines [PDF]

Guidelines for a foundation or organization that raises funds for another specific entity

Foundations or other nonprofit organizations that exist solely or partly for the purpose of raising funds for another specific, named entity may apply for funding. Examples include – but are not limited to – the foundation for a hospital, university, college, school district, or individual school. If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download Organization that raises funds for a specific entity [PDF]

Guidelines for a public school district administration or grants office

The Grants Office or administration of a public school district in the seven-county Metro Denver area may apply for funding for programs within their schools. This does not apply to a grant proposal from a public school foundation. If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download the Public School District Guidelines [PDF]

Guidelines for the administration or grants office of a university or college

The administration or grants office of a university or college area may apply for funding for programs in the seven-county Metro Denver area. If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download the University Grants Office Guidelines [PDF]

Guidelines for organizations applying on behalf of a collaborative effort

Under limited circumstances, The Denver Foundation may consider a proposal for funding from a collaborative among two or more organizations. The lead agency in an applicant collaborative will have full legal and fiduciary responsibility for how the grant funds are expended, and must be a 501(c)(3). If this applies to your organization, please consult the guidelines below in addition to the Community Grants Guidelines.
Download the Collaborative Guidelines [PDF]