Grants

Technical Assistance

Grants up to $5,000 that may be used for a consultant, planning, technology, or training/professional development to help sustain or grow operations and build team skill sets.

Accepted on a rolling basis
Description

The Foundation recognizes the need for small, technical assistance grants especially as organizations and groups are reimagining their operations or programming, exploring ways to sustain and/or grow operations, or seeking to enhance team skill sets. Support may be used for a consultant, planning, technology or training/professional development. Grants are capped at $5,000 and are intended as one-time awards, not ongoing support.

The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has a longstanding commitment to empowering organizations dedicated to community development and enrichment. With a vision to foster sustainable growth and impact, the Foundation has initiated the Quarterly Community Grants program (which includes Technical Assistance grants) to offer vital support to organizations striving for long-term stability and effectiveness in fulfilling their missions.

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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.

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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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Does your organization or group have an annual operating budget under $500,000?
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Is your mission focused on producing and presenting the arts for the public?
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Are you a 501c3 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization?
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Eligibility

Applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • 501 (c) 3 nonprofit arts & culture organization OR a fiscally-sponsored arts & culture group
  • Mission is focused on producing and presenting the arts to the public
  • Based in the city of Denver and deliver the majority of your programs in Denver*
  • Organization and partners have demonstrated a commitment to arts & culture programming
  • Demonstrated a clear community interest in/need for your work
  • Organization or group has an annual operating budget under $500,000
  • Strong understanding of and clear plan for implementing DEI practices

*Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s geographic focus is Denver. We welcome inquiries from arts and culture organizations based in adjacent Arapahoe, Adams and Jefferson counties that are informed by, majority led by and serving BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or Disability communities.

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding:

  • Strategic planning
  • Governance and board development
  • DEI and racial equity training
  • Leadership and staff training
  • Marketing and communications planning
  • Fund development planning
  • Membership, donor, ticketing software or other data and systems management
Application Process

To better help guide you in selecting the most appropriate grant program, please complete the Grant Eligibility Questionnaire and a team member will respond with next steps. If you feel you are well aligned with the eligibility criteria, you may also proceed with an application.

Apply online through our application portal. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Foundation team will strive to respond with a decision within 1 month of receiving the proposal. There is no formal report requirement although we always love to hear how our support impacted you and your organization. A simple follow-up email describing the outcome after monies have been spent or a copy of any plans developed would be welcome but not necessary. A group may only apply once in a 24-month period.

Additional Information

Please know that receiving a technical assistance grant does not guarantee or imply eligibility to apply for other grant programs and/or future funding. Each grant program has unique eligibility requirements and is evaluated accordingly.

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
Rolling - Open All Year Long
Applications Open

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

Rolling - Open All Year Long
Application Deadline

Applications close.

Within a month of submission
Award Decision

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

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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.
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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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