For “For the Good of Golden” Community Grant Program

(updated January 17, 2023)

Golden Civic Foundation Announces “Call” for Community Grant Applications

The Golden Civic Foundation (Foundation) is now accepting applications for Community Impact Grants to support local schools and charitable, cultural and civic organizations that make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents of the Golden community. Applications for Community Impact Grants are submitted online and due on March 1, 2023.

Over the past 52 years, the Golden Civic Foundation has invested more than $6.9 million into the Golden community via a Community Grant program. In 2023, the Foundation will award grants into the community via the “For the Good of Golden Grant Program,“ which consists of Community Impact Grants, Helping Hands (Special) Grants and a Big Idea in Golden (B.I.G.) Grant. Most of the funds awarded were raised at the Foundation’s annual Fall Gala and Golden Summer Jam events. In 2022, the Golden Civic Foundation invested more than $260,000 into the Golden community with $116,917 of the grants awarded to 33 local non-profits as Community Impact Grants.

To apply for a Community Impact Grant, applicants must operate within the City of Golden and funds must be used for the benefit of Golden citizens. Eligible non-profit organization applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service, be partnered with a 501(c)(3) non-profit fiscal agent, or, be a local government agency or public school.

An organization can only apply online for one of the following types of Community Impact Grants:

  1. Collaborative Grant: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 that “think” collectively and “act” collaboratively in addressing a community need, improving community support, solving a problem, or enriching the people of Golden’s educational, health, or cultural experience.
  2. Organizational Improvement Grant: Grants up to $7,500 that focus on an organization’s planning needs related directly to how they might achieve their mission through strategic planning, merger conversations, and similar efforts.
  3. Support Grant: Grants that range from $500 to $5,000 and help fund community initiatives that advance solutions to our community’s greatest challenges using innovative strategies and a collaborative spirit.

In 2022, the Golden Civic Foundation was very proud to have funded more than a quarter million dollars in grants to so many organizations that make a positive impact on our Golden community,” said Executive Director, Heather Schneider.  “Our mission is to address emerging needs and help Golden thrive. With these grants our goal is to affect many important community projects that might not have happen otherwise.”

In addition to 2023 Community Impact Grants, the Foundation will also award funds via these additional grants throughout 2023:

  • Helping Hands (Special) Grants: Previously known as “Special Grants”, these grants are intended to help with unexpected expenses that impact an organization’s ability to meet their mission, manage an unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergency, or take advantage of an unanticipated opportunity that will enhance their work in the community of Golden. Helping Hands Grant awards range from $500 to $30,000 per award. Applications for these grants are accepted throughout the year and based on the available remaining funding.
  • BIG Ideas in Golden (B.I.G.) Grant: This annual Grant is open to Golden non-profits, schools and civic organizations to submit proposals for long-lasting projects that may be selected as the Paddle Raise beneficiary at the Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala & Auction. Preferred ideas are for one-time 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. The Spring 2023 application details will be announced in March. One proposal will be selected, and the funding amount is contingent upon total funds raised at the Gala (which has ranged from $20,000 to $82,000 for past Paddle Raise project beneficiaries). The application deadline for the B.I.G. Grant will be announced by April of 2023.

For more information on past recepients, visit www.GoldenCivicFoundation.org/GrantRecipients/ or view the below video highlighting these organizations.

Overview of the “For the Good of Golden” Community Grant Program

In alignment with the Golden Civic Foundation’s vision, a thriving community is defined by a collection of people and ideas that come together in a resounding chorus of purpose, pride, and spirit. We believe that a vital voice in that chorus is that of the non-profits serving the people of Golden in a variety of ways. Therefore, the Golden Civic Foundation intends to support our great community organizations to carry out their missions by providing the “For the Good of Golden” Community Grant Program.

Please read additional details of the “For the Good of Golden” Community Grant Program provided below or view the printable PDF flyer below:

Funding Priorities

Although all innovative ideas that meet emerging needs or opportunities of the Golden community will be considered, the following are the Golden Civic Foundation’s funding priority areas:

1. Civic Development

“Brick and mortar” type projects that provide improved amenities for our community such as improvements to a property (like a school track complex) or land, or property acquisition and re-purposing for the community’s benefit (like our old high school’s new use as the American Mountaineering Center).

2. Arts & Culture

Vibrant art and cultural amenities and experiences to promote cultural enrichment and help drive the local economy (examples include: public art, theater, music, dance, etc.).

3. Social Services

Infrastructure to give residents of all ages equitable access to opportunities for healthy living (such as social service facilities, amenities and services).

4. Education

Projects that benefit Golden students with high quality learning and development, meaningful opportunities to pursue post-secondary education, career training, and pathways to gainful employment and fulfilling lives.

5. Environment

Projects that sustain a healthy local community and provide opportunities for outdoor entertainment and recreation (things like gardens, parks and land preservation).

6. Public Benefit/Community Improvement

To provide “For the Good of Golden” at large and empower individuals or groups of people with the skills they need to effect change (strategic and organizational planning).

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

Important to note is that we do NOT fund: direct support of individuals; endowments; churches, church projects, or religious organizations; sport organizations or booster clubs; debt retirement or operational deficits; general operating expenses; production of films or other media-related projects; preschools, day care centers, nursing homes, etc.; political issues or efforts; and tickets, raffles, golf outings, or sponsorships.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible, an applicant organization must be classified as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service or be a local government agency or public school. Applicant organizations must operate within the City of Golden and funds must be used for the benefit of Golden citizens.

The Golden Civic Foundation will not consider grants to organizations which discriminate on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or presence of a disability. Additionally, no grants will be made to an organization whose primary purpose is to influence legislation or to participate in a political campaign.

Grant Process

It is intended that the applications that best meet the established grant criteria will be given preference for funding. However, the Golden Civic Foundation will judge the merits of each application and the amount of funding, if any, based on not only the selection criteria, but also available funds, current Golden Civic Foundation objectives, past experience and history, and other tangible and intangible criteria. The Golden Civic Foundation reserves as the sole decision-maker regarding grant funding.

Grant Opportunities

The following list provides an overview of funding opportunities supported by the “For the Good of Golden” Grant Program. Before applying, please review the detailed descriptions and application information for each of these grant programs.

Community Impact Grants

The Golden Civic Foundation’s Community Impact Grants fund measurable strategies to make a positive impact on the quality of life and create a better future for residents in our community. An organization can only apply once a year for only one of the following grants:

  • Collaborative Grant: Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 that “think” collectively and “act” collaboratively in addressing a community need, improving community support, solving a problem, or enriching the people of Golden’s educational, health, or cultural experience.
  • Organizational Improvement Grant: Grants up to $7,500 that focus on an organization’s planning needs related directly to how they might achieve their mission through strategic planning, merger conversations, and similar efforts.
  • Support Grant: Previously known as our “Community Grant Program,” these grants range from $500 to $5,000 and help fund community initiatives that advance solutions to our community’s greatest challenges using innovative strategies and a collaborative spirit.

Applications will open in early March 2023.

Helping Hands Grants

The Golden community is, and always has been, one that helps a neighbor. Our Helping Hands Grants (previously known as our “Special Grants”) are intended to help with unexpected expenses that impact an organization’s ability to meet their mission, manage an unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergency, or take advantage of an unanticipated opportunity that will enhance their work in the community of Golden.

Helping Hands Grant awards range from $500 to $30,000 per award. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and are available based on remaining funding. An organization that receives a Helping Hands Grant can only apply every other year.

B.I.G. Grants

The Golden Civic Foundation invites the Golden community to annually submit a “wish list” of ideas for long-lasting projects that may be selected as the Paddle Raise beneficiary at the Foundation’s Annual Fall Gala & Auction. Preferred ideas will be for one-time 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.

Applications will open in February 2023. Please check our website for periodic updates.