Big Ideas in Golden (B.I.G.) Grants

The Golden Civic Foundation is asking the Golden community to submit ideas to the Foundation to consider for Big Ideas in Golden (B.I.G.) Grants to support community projects that will make a BIG and lasting impact on the Golden community. In alignment with the Foundation’s founding purpose to “to operate for the charitable and civic purposes for the citizens and residents of the City of Golden,” the Foundation is looking for community members to submit “wish list” ideas for long-lasting projects. These ideas should be for projects that most likely will not be addressed by local, City of Golden tax funds and that will improve the quality of life for a broad base of the Golden community.

Examples of potential impact areas include:

  • Arts & Culture: Vibrant art and cultural amenities and opportunities to promote cultural enrichment and help drive the local economy (examples could include public art and theater, music or dance equipment or resources).
  • Civic Development: “Brick and mortar” type projects that provide improved amenities for our community such as improvements to a property (like a community track complex) or land, property acquisition and re-purposing for the community’s benefit (like the American Mountaineering Center).
  • Critical Needs Support: Infrastructure to give residents of all ages equitable access to opportunities for healthy living (such as social service facilities or amenities).
  • Environment: Projects that sustain a healthy local community and provide opportunities for outdoor entertainment and recreation (things like gardens, trails, parks and land preservation).
    Other: The Foundation will consider all ideas, but preference will be placed on physical projects that will have a long-lasting impact on the quality of life for the community of Golden.

Project ideas will be reviewed and considered annually by an Advisory Committee consisting of a Golden Civic Foundation Board of Director, a Foundation staff member and
three to four independent citizens representing various areas of Golden. The favored
idea(s) will be brought to the entire Golden Civic Foundation Board of Directors for review and may be selected as the Paddle Raise beneficiary at the Foundation’s Annual Gala & Auction or forwarded on for consideration as part of the Foundation’s annual “For the Good of Golden” Grant Program.

Our goal with this program is to provide a direct and easy way for the community to better inform our work ‘For the Good of Golden’,” said Greg Poulos, Board Director and B.I.G. Ideas Committee Chair for the Foundation. “We want to hear from our community about projects that will improve their quality of life for many years to come. All ideas are welcome for consideration.

Golden community members are encouraged to anonymously submit ideas via the Golden Civic Foundation website at or by email at

“The support from the Golden Civic Foundation from their annual Gala Paddle Raise and the generosity of the Golden community is unlike any other fundraising effort I have ever been associated with. The money raised in that one celebratory evening helped to transform our school’s upper athletic field to workable areas for football, track & field, soccer, lacrosse, and so much more. We are extremely proud of this new update to our school and welcome its use by the community when students are not on campus. I cannot express how deeply appreciative we are that GCF helped us with this project.”
Brian Conroy

Principal, Golden High School