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The Greenwood Fund

Grant Award Winners

Small Grants for Conservation Projects in Colorado & Wyoming Museums through The Greenwood Fund

The Greenwood Fund is pleased to announce that the following 16 museums were awarded support for their projects during the 2013 grant cycle:

  • Aspen Historical Society, for environmental monitoring kits for collection storage and exhibit display
  • Boulder Historical Society, for supplies to properly maintain, grow and care for its collection
  • Broomfield Depot Museum, for archival materials and a contract archivist
  • City of Longmont, for the restoration of a 1904 Steger upright piano
  • Colorado State University Foundation, University Art Museum for the conservation of the Matt Mullican sculptural series
  • Denver Botanical Gardens, for cleaning of the Waring Room Storage Area
  • Denver Firefighters Museum, for collection management software and associated training
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, for equipment to manage the environmental conditions in the museum’s collection storage area
  • Discovery Center Science Museum, for conservation supplies for the Local History Archives
  • Friends of the Old Pen, Inc. / Wyoming Frontier Prison, for archival supplies for documents and photos in the collection related to the penitentiary
  • Frontier Historical Society, for archival storage supplies for the museum’s collection
  • Golden History Museums, for the conservation of a 1874 Clarke Map
  • Historic Denver, Inc., for the care and maintenance of the Molly Brown House Museum’s fashion collections
  • Homelake Veterans History Center Museum, for materials to preserve documents related to service records of the institution’s historical residents
  • National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Colorado, for framing costs for four etchings
  • Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, for storage supplies for the quilts in its collection

The Greenwood Fund supports the conservation of museum artifacts and collections care projects within the museum community of Colorado and Wyoming. Grants are available annually and the Greenwood Fund gives priority to smaller museums. The 2014 request for proposals will be released later in the spring, please check back here for updates:


The Greenwood Fund is a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation that provides small grants for artifacts and collection care for museums in the Colorado and Wyoming area.

Eligibility:  Grants are available to any museum with a permanent collection in Colorado and/or Wyoming that has current non-profit status (501C3) and that is open to the public on a regular basis.  Grants are not available to individuals and cannot be used for endowments, routine building maintenance, events, or travel.  Funds can be used to purchase equipment, archival supplies, and outside services. 

Funds are not available for exhibitions, education, salaries, general operating support, building expansions (unless for conservation labs), endowments (except for conservation), marketing, public relations, travel, or scholarships.  At this time, the grant will not cover collections management expenses such as computers, digitizing projects, or collections photography.

Preference will go to legitimate museums that have permanent collections on exhibit to the public.  (In other words, not to galleries, children's museums without collections, science museums without collections, corporate collections, etc. or "museums" that are without 501-C3 status.) 

Application Process: 

The application process will consist of a narrative no longer than two pages and with a font size of 12 which:

1.) Contains an executive Summary clearly presenting the project and amount being requested

2.) Demonstrates the need for conservation/collections care

3.) Outlines the project and steps taken to address the need

In addition to the two-page letter, applicants should include:

-a cover sheet with all necessary information: contact, mailing address, phone number, full name of institution, and type of museum.

-a complete description of any materials and supplies as applicable

-the names and credentials of personnel involved

                - Conservators and Contractors should be identified

-Any treatment requests should include a treatment proposal which outlines procedures, costs, and time estimates

-the project budget

-the organizational budget

- a copy of their organization’s IRS tax-determination letter

Applications are due on the close of business, AUGUST 31, 2013.  The committee will not consider late applications.  If you have previously received funding, you are eligible to apply again. Please note that any institution with several departmental museums or historic sites can only submit one application on behalf of that museum per grant cycle.  Notification will be mid-December.  Money will be available by early February and must be spent within the calendar year. 

Applicants should submit information to one of the following addresses: 


The Greenwood Fund
c/o The Denver Foundation
55 Madison St., 8th Floor
Denver, CO  80206

Upon completion of the project, grantees will submit a short letter to The Greenwood Fund outlining details of the work done, success and failures.  Failure to submit a final report may result in the delay of any future grants.  

Email them to  No calls, please.