Grants

Capital

Grants for capital projects, typically for organizations with operating budgets under $5 million.

Description

Grants for capital projects are generally considered for organizations with which the Foundation has an established relationship. To allow for more community-focused and opportunistic grantmaking capacity the Foundation is unlikely to fund significant capital gifts for the largest cultural organizations with operating budgets typically over $5 million. Priority consideration will be given to those projects that are intentional about serving multiple organizations, that serve diverse communities, allow for more equitable access, support live/work spaces for artists, and help fill a critical gap in the arts & culture ecosystem.

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Criteria

Eligibility Check

In less than a minute, you can check whether your organization might be eligible for a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation grant. Just click on Yes or No to answer a few questions in this screener.

Start Checker
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Question 1
Are you based in the city of Denver and deliver the majority of your programs in Denver OR have you had a conversation with a foundation team member to consider geographic eligibility?
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Question 2
Does your organization or group have an annual operating budget under $500,000?
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Question 3
Is your mission focused on producing and presenting the arts for the public?
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Question 4
Are you a 501c3 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization?
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Eligibility
  • 501 (c) 3 nonprofit arts & culture organization
  • Mission is focused on producing and presenting the arts for the public
  • Based in the city of Denver and deliver the majority of your programs in Denver*
  • Minimum of 3 years consistent public arts & culture programming
  • Organization has an annual operating budget of at least $50,000 and have paid staffing equivalent to .5FTE or greater
  • Strong understanding of and clear plan for implementing DEI practices
Application Process

The first step is to complete our eligibility questionnaire. All new applicants must complete this questionnaire before submitting a proposal. Receipt of capital, general operating and project  grant requests from new applicants without a completed questionnaire will be declined.

Fill out our Grant Eligibility Questionnaire.

Our team will review your responses and will follow-up with next steps.

If you are invited to apply, you may submit an application to one of our quarterly cycles. Organizations may apply for one grant in a 12-month period. A final grant report is required.

Additional Information

The following are generally not eligible for funding:

  • Loans, grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Events and media/film productions
  • Activities or initiatives that have a religious purpose
  • Endowment funding
  • Funding to retire operating debt
  • Requests from organizations outside of Colorado or that are not for the benefit of Colorado citizens

If you are planning to use a fiscal sponsor to receive grants, we encourage you to review these guidelines and template for a fiscal sponsor agreement.

Important Dates
Applications Open

Make your Application online using the link to our portal below.

Application Deadline

Applications close.

Award Decision

A panel will review your application and a decision will be made.

Complete the Google Questionnaire
As a first step, complete this google questionnaire. A team member will be in touch soon.
Google Questionnaire
Apply Online
First, check your eligibility, then click the button below to register an account on our online portal. Through our online portal you can apply.
Apply via our Online Portal
Apply via External Collaborator
Visit our external collaborators application page to apply for this grant
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I have accessibility requests or questions – who do I contact?

Program director, Chrissy Deal, welcomes your questions at chrissy@bonfils-stanton.org or 303.825.3774.

How many nonprofit leaders can I nominate?

Individuals can nominate up to three candidates.

Should the candidate know I nominated them?

At the close of the nomination period, the Foundation will notify eligible candidates of their nomination and share a copy of each nomination and endorsement received on their behalf. Nominees, outside of self-nominations, will be able to provide additional information they feel may be relevant to their candidacy. Responses will be entirely optional and not required in order to advance in the selection process. For this reason, nominators may wish to notify the candidate in advance of recommending them for the fellowship.

Can I nominate someone I’ve nominated in the past?

The fellowship is quite competitive, so it is not unusual for individuals to be nominated several times over the years.

Can I nominate a leader of a nonprofit organization that operates with a fiscal sponsor?

Yes

The leader I have in mind lives outside of the Denver Metro area. Are they eligible for the fellowship?

Eligible candidates must be leading a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, or Jefferson county. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s leadership decided to focus solely on arts and culture and leadership for deeper impact in 2012. In recent years, the Foundation has taken steps to gradually align the Livingston Fellowship Program’s geographic area more closely with that of our grantmaking portfolio which focuses on the city of Denver.

If I have been nominated, when can candidates expect to hear from Bonfils-Stanton about if they will be advancing in the process?

Nominees will be updated of their status in the selection process via email by early November 2022. The Board of Trustees of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will approve the 2023 class of Livingston Fellows in early 2023.

Where can I learn more about the program?

Visit our website for additional information about the history of the Livingston Fellowship program, stories from fellows and their fellowship activities.

I have more general questions – should I contact Chrissy?

Absolutely! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website, please reach out to Chrissy for more information.

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