Community Grant Program Overview

Founded in 1970, the mission of the Golden Civic Foundation (Foundation) is to “Build a Better Golden” by supporting Golden’s schools, culturals, clubs and civic organizations. From the downtown streetscape and public art that graces city streets and walking paths, and the support of community events and downtown revitalization efforts, the Foundation has invested more than $6.1 million in Golden and is committed to helping Golden remain a wonderful place to live, work and play!

Click HERE to download a copy of the March 2019 Transcript article highlighting our 2018-2019 grant cycle. Check out more details on our 2018/2019 Grant Recipients and Past Grant Recipients.

For more information on the types of community grants that we fund, please download our COMMUNITY GRANT CRITERIA.

2019-2020 Community Grant Cycle

The Foundation has administered our Community Grant Program for nearly five decades and, each year, we receive many more requests for funding support than there are funds available. Therefore, we are continually refining how we best fund organizations while also increasing our local impact. With that said, we have made some minor revisions to the grant guidelines for the 2019-2020 grant cycle.

These guidelines are designed to help our local nonprofit organizations and schools with general information on how to apply for a grant and are not a guarantee of success. Each proposal is evaluated on its potential value to the Golden community, funds available for disbursement, and the quality of planning, leadership, collaboration and vision expressed in the proposal. Please note that organizations that do not follow these grant guidelines will not be considered for funding support.


Step 1 – Submit a Letter of Interest by Thursday, September 5, 2019

We are interested in learning about your organization and about how the Foundation might assist you in achieving your goals to support and enhance our community of Golden. If you are interested in applying for a grant in the 2019-2020 grant cycle, we now require that all applicants discuss their prospective proposal idea with us before submitting an application.

Please email a one page Letter of Interest (LOI) by no later than Thursday, September 5 to our Executive Director, Heather Schneider, at This one-page LOI should include the following information:

  1. Organization Name
  2. Primary Contact Name, Email, Phone and Address
  3. Brief description of the nonprofit, civic or school organization
  4. If your organization received funding last year, please provide a brief report on how the funds were used.

Note: There is no need to describe your intended grant proposal in this Letter of Interest; that opportunity will follow in Step 2.

Step 2 – Organization Interviews

Once the Foundation has received the LOI, we will assign one of our Board Members to schedule a meeting with your organization so that we can better understand what you seek to achieve and give you the opportunity to learn more about our process and how we might be of service to you. By proactively meeting with Golden nonprofit, civic and school organizations we hope to have a positive outcome about the value of these meetings. They often generate creative thinking and synergies. Note: These interviews will be scheduled sometime during November and December.

Step 3 – Submit Grant Application by Friday, January 17, 2020

Once the organization has met with one of our Board of Directors, our staff will email you a grant application. The grant application consists of three parts:

  • Part I – Grant amount requested and purpose of grant.
  • Part II – Answers to the following six questions:
    1. How will this grant provide the greatest positive impact on Golden?
    2. What is your organization’s connection to Golden?
    3. How would the grant support the mission of the Foundation to “Build A Better Golden”?
    4. How does your grant help with the basic living needs of community members in Golden?
    5. How will this grant fill a need that your organization’s budget cannot address otherwise?
    6. How many years has the organization received a grant from the Golden Civic Foundation?
  • Part III – Submit financial statements/other supporting financials, as applicable.

Step 4 – Final Selection

A final review panel, comprised of Board Directors and Foundation Staff, will recommend the Community Grant recipients. Finalists will be contacted regarding the status and amount of grant in March 2020. The Foundation will formally announce and fund the 2020 Community Grant Recipients at our Annual Grants Luncheon on April 14, 2020.


The Golden Civic Foundation is a catalyst for a positive change in our community. From bolstering essential human services to strengthening cultural enrichment, the Golden Civic Foundation embodies the spirit of generosity and philanthropy of the people of Golden. To Golden History Museum & Park, GCF has been a critical partner for advancing the museum’s educational and preservation mission and improving accessibility for all audiences. Because of the Golden Civic Foundation, Golden is a better place.

Nathan Richie

Director, Golden History Museum & Park