Technical Assistance Grants
Technical Assistance (TA) funding from The Denver Foundation is focused on helping current grantees. When you receive a grant from the Community Grant Program, you are eligible for TA.
All nonprofit organizations need help from time to time in order to function more effectively and efficiently. This is especially true of new or emerging nonprofit organizations or those with smaller budgets.
The Denver Foundation has set aside funds specifically to provide grants for nonprofit organizations that are current grantees to get this kind of help, usually called "technical assistance." Technical Assistance (TA) can be many things, and what is most important is that TA helps the staff and/or board of the organization learn something new and increase its capacity to lead, manage and direct the organization.
TA grants are available to organizations that meet the following basic criteria:
- The organization has received a grant-- within the last five calendar years-- from The Denver Foundation via the Community Grants Program, Strengthening Neighborhoods, a Donor-Advised Fund, a Field of Interest Fund, Mile High Connects, or Social Venture Partners.
- The technical assistance grant work is aligned with one of The Denver Foundation’s four Community Impact Objective Areas: Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership & Equity.
- The grant work will take place to serve the seven-county Metro Denver region, which includes Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.
- The organization is aligned with our core values of Racial Equity and Community Leadership.
- For organizations with operating revenues of more than $500,000 (based on most recently completed fiscal year end statements), 20 percent of the proposed project budget must be contributed by the organization.
• For example, if a project has a budget of $3,000, the organization must contribute $600 toward expenses.
General Guidelines - The Basics:
- No Due Dates: TA requests are considered on an ongoing basis
- Grant Range: From $500 to $6,000:
Although The Denver Foundation funds grant requests up to $6,000, we ask that nonprofits only request the maximum amount if it is the true cost of the project. Grant request that clearly aligns with a detailed project budget are more likely to be fully funded.
- Quick Turn-Around: A decision will be made on your request within six weeks of the date the request letter is received at the Foundation.
- Plan Ahead: TA grants will not be made for activities that will begin or be completed before the grant is awarded. Please be sure to allow for up to six-weeks for review window when planning and scheduling your project.
Example 1: You know your organization could benefit from growth in several areas, and you are not sure where to start. In this instance you may apply for an assessment grant of up to $2,000. Assessments help to define the top priority areas for organizational strengthening and the TA activities likely to be most helpful. Assessments can also create a sense of buy-in from staff, board, and volunteers through interviews, document reviews, and analysis of previous strategies.
Example 2: You have a general sense that your organization needs help in a specific area. You would like to apply for an assessment of $2,000 to fully understand the issue, and a apply for a project grant of $4,000 to implement the proposed activities.
Example 3: You may know your organization’s priority area for growth and an assessment is not needed to better define and/or direct the growth activities. In this instance you may apply for the $6,000 technical assistance grant without an assessment.
In each of the above examples, a successful request will include a clear focus, a clear scope of work, and indicate a clear fit between the organization and the potential consultant. It answers the question, “What can we really accomplish?”
Submitting Technical Assistance Grant Reports
The Denver Foundation wants to learn how your TA grant helped to improve and change your organization. All grantees are required to submit a final report describing the outcome or result of the TA. How did this assistance benefit your organization? These reports should be submitted to TA@denverfoundation.org within six months of completion of your technical assistance project.