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Potential Funding Opportunities

The Adult Education Initiatives (AEI) Office has received requests from the field about what funding opportunities are available for adult education programs. Below is a list of existing funding opportunities and resources the AEI Office is aware of, as well as local considerations when seeking funding for your adult education program. 

This page is intentionally marked “draft” as it is not a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available. This page contains website links created and maintained by other public and private organizations. This information is provided for the reader’s convenience and is included here to offer examples of funding opportunities that adult education program staff and other interested parties may find helpful to use at their discretion. CDE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of this information does not reflect importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or materials provided. No official endorsement by the CDE or the AEI office is intended or should be inferred.

Potential Funding Opportunities

Funder Description Application Process

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Nonprofit organizations are eligible

Anschutz Family Foundation

Supports rural and urban Colorado nonprofits

Encourage endeavors that strengthen family and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens

Special interest in self-sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at economically disadvantaged, children and youth seniors and the disabled

Applications accepted through August 1, 2017 at 5 pm

Colorado Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations

Annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving

Will take place December 5, 2017

Click here to enroll and learn more
Colorado Trust

New grantmaking process based on its Community Partnerships approach

In partnership with communities, The Trust plans to eventually fund a range of innovative, local solutions that advance health equity

Such initiatives could focus on anything that can impact the health of a community, including education

Open process

Register with their online grants system

Application deadlines differ depending on the grant
El Pomar

Accepts applications from active 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Organization's activities take place in Colorado

Applicant requests less than $100,000 in capital support

Grant guidelines and eligibility requirements

Some funds are open for application while others are invitation only

Grant Website

The Grants Office can be contacted at 800-554-7711 or by email.
Foundation Directory Online Nation-wide database to identify funding sources Ongoing
Gates Family Foundation

Accepts applications from nonprofit organizations

Capital Projects Grant Program supports areas including education, well-being of children, youth and families and community development and revitalization.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year

Foundation suggests submitting applications at least ten weeks prior to the trustees’ meeting
Rose Community Foundation

Provides funding for areas including child and family development and education

Accepts applications that serve Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas and Jefferson counties
Encouraged to speak to a program officer prior to submitting an application.
Toyota USA Foundation

Accepts applications from nonprofit organizations

Must be located within the U.S. and have a national scope

Focus on education, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Applications accepted year round (see timeline on website)

$50,000/year minimum to support development and implementation of programs

Local Considerations

When identifying local organizations that may be able to support your program, consider the following questions:

  • What organizations or entities in your local area serve a similar population?
  • What organizations or entities have a similar mission and vision?

Below are some potential local partnerships that can be leveraged to support adult education programming: 

Potential Partner Description
Colorado Libraries

Educational funding opportunities

Knowledge of other community partners
21st Century Grant Recipients 21st Century grantees must offer literacy and related educational development to families of  students