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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 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 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.
  • 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:
     • Up to $2,000 is available for organizational assessments, with an additional up to $4,000 available for
        implementation
     • Up to $6,000 is available for the proposed activity or activities
  • 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 have already occurred at the time the grant would be awarded.

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.