Grant Overview & Application


Founded in 1970, the mission of the Golden Civic 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!

Note: The 2019 Community Grant Cycle will be open in late summer. Please periodically check our website during that time.

Grant Criteria

What We Fund

The Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations which benefit the Golden community as listed below:

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Peggy Halderman from the Golden Backpacks Program, receives her 2016 Grant Award

  • Charitable Purposes: The Foundation is generally supportive of Golden community and human service agencies which assist the disadvantaged in their efforts to be self-sufficient and productive.
  • Civic Purposes: Programs supported by the Foundation are typically those which enhance Golden’s culture and heritage and are likely to be of economic benefit to and broadly used by the Golden Community.

Generally, only one request is considered from an organization during any twelve-month period. The Foundation does not consider grants to organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, creed or gender. Additionally, no grants will be made to an organization whose primary purpose is to influence legislation or to participate in any political campaign.

What We Do Not Fund

The Foundation will not consider grants for:

  • Direct support of individuals
  • Endowments
  • Research projects
  • Churches, church projects, or religious organizations
  • Conferences, symposiums, or workshops
  • Debt retirement or operational deficits
  • General operating expenses
  • Production of films or other media-related projects
  • Preschools, day care centers, nursing homes, etc.
  • Programs designed to influence legislation or elect candidates to public office
  • Tickets, raffles, golf outings, or sponsorships

Selection Criteria

Our grant selection criteria focuses on nonprofit, government, and school organizations that make the greatest positive impact on doing good for our community of Golden. We request that all grant applications directly address the following selection criteria:

  1. Provides the Greatest Positive Impact on Doing Good for Golden: The grant will support a need that impacts the vitality of the Golden community. Question to address: How will the grant support our tourism or economic vitality in Golden?
  2. Connection to Golden: The funds will be used for programs that directly impact the quality of life for Golden community members. Questions to address: How does the organization support student engagement, learning culture, and academic achievement for our community’s future generations? How does the organization make a significant, sustainable difference, now or in the future for Golden’s community members?
  3. Supports the Golden Civic Foundation: The funds support the Foundation’s mission to “Build a Better Golden” by supporting Golden’s schools, culturals, social services, clubs and civic organizations.
  4. Percentage of Non-Profit Budget that Grant Represents: Question to address: How will this grant fill a need that your organization’s budget cannot address otherwise?
  5. Legacy Organization: The organization has historically received grants that further the Foundation’s mission.
  6. Helps with the Basic Living Needs of Community Members in Golden: The organization strives to improve systems and develop approaches to provide the basic needs of our community members when those needs would otherwise be unmet.


Applicant organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service or be a local government or public school. Applicant organizations must operate within the City of Golden and funds must be used for the citizens of Golden.

The Foundation does not consider grants to organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or sex. Additionally, no grants will be made to an organization whose primary purpose is to influence legislation or to participate in a political campaign.

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