Anschutz Family Foundation
The bulk of the Foundation’s grants are made in categories most directly related to the stated goals of the Foundation: improving the lives of individuals; promoting self-sufficiency; and community development.
Boettcher Foundation Capital Campaign Grants
The Boettcher Foundation makes grants to support capital campaigns for the purchase, construction or major renovation of buildings that are owned and used by Colorado nonprofit organizations. To qualify, an organization must be a Colorado 501(c)(3) in good standing.
Funding is available for projects that benefit residents within the Poudre School District boundary. The Pharos Fund offers the following types of support: general operating; program; technical assistance; or equipment/capital support.
Colorado State Library (CSL)
CSL distributes Library Service and Technology Act grants to assist libraries and library-related agencies develop programs and projects that enable Coloradans to receive improved library services. All grants must address a pre-selected goal from the State Library's most recent 5-year plan. It also handles distribution of the State Grants to Libraries and other grant opportunities.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. The Daniels Fund provides funding for non-profit organizations. Funding areas of interest to libraries include Aging, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, and Youth Development.
El Pomar Foundation: A Foundation for Colorado
El Pomar is a general purpose foundation, which means the trustees approve grants across a broad spectrum of focal areas. Typically, nonprofit organizations send in an application to the Foundation. The trustees evaluate it to determine their ability to support the proposal based on the mission and purposes of the foundation. See Grant Guidelines for more information.
Gates Family Foundation
The Foundation provides capital project grants which include building purchases, new construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. These grants are highly competitive. They also offer opportunities in early childhood education, community based approaches that demonstrate a strong connection to closing the achievement gap, particularly for low-income students, and advancing 21st century learning for students.
Schlessman Family Foundation
Primary areas of giving are education, disadvantaged youth programs and services, elderly/senior programs, special needs groups, and established cultural institutions including libraries. While proposals are accepted all year the deadline is December 31st.
Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
The Foundation awards grants for early childhood education and development, social and emotional development of children, and family stability for children.
American Library Association (ALA)
Divisions within ALA have grant and award offerings:
- Public Library Association (PLA)
- American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant
- Loleta D. Fyan Grant - for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide
- Programming (Public Programs Office)
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
- ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program
LEAP grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects. Projects must address the literacy needs of underserved populations in the library’s community.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Grant programs are available to qualifying non-profit organizations in states where Dollar General is located. Literacy Grant Programs: Adult Literacy Grants; Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program; Family Literacy Grants; Summer Reading Grants; and Youth Literacy Grants.
Ezra Jack Keats
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants in the amount of $500 to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grants for museums, libraries, and tribal organizations in the following programs: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program; Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums; National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards; National Leadership Grants for Libraries; Native American Library Services: Basic Grants and Enhancement Grants; and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums.
The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
The Foundation supports 501(c)3 organizations, programs and institutions that provide new or enhanced opportunity to those within the granting areas, particularly the young. Libraries fall under the Arts and Culture funding area. Foundation supports challenge grants which means in order to receive funding the library must provide matching funds dollar for dollar.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
The foundation provides support only although libraries may apply for capital projects. The project must benefit youth in grades K-12 only. Focus areas include academic programs including tutoring, arts education programs, and environmental education programs.
Public Schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants. The foundation is focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes although their interests are fairly diverse which may lead them into other areas on an occasional basis.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Foundation
This Grants to Educators program is for public K-12 schools. Every year, the NEA Foundation awards more than 150 grants to support public school educators’ innovative ideas. Grant Programs: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Applications are reviewed three times each year. Applicants must be NEA members.
The Pilcrow Foundation
The Pilcrow Foundation was founded in 2013 to continue the work of The Libri Foundation and provides rural public libraries new, quality, hardcover books through the Children's Book Project grants.
Offering Heart of the Community grants, dedicated to revitalizing and activating public spaces in the hearts of cities. Awards are $50-100,000. Project proposals should focus on projects to help communities bring new life to public spaces that connect people and strengthen communities, or encourage participation and volunteerism to benefit public spaces in local communities.
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Grant opportunities, application guidelines, and resources for grant management. Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretation, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content.
This web site provides a list of opportunities from the Starbucks Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric and more.
Library Grants Blog
A blog of library grant opportunities from the authors of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.
This site contains a list of foundations and organizations that offer grants to libraries.
Community Resource Center
A non-profit organization that provides resources, including some information on grants, to non-profit and community-based organizations in Colorado.
- Anschutz Family Foundation - applications due January 15 and August 1 at 5:00PM MST
- BetterWorldBooks - applications due April 1 at 4:00PM EST
- Boettcher Foundation Capital Campaign:
- Community Enrichment Capital Grants - pre-qualification form due April 1
- Social Services Capital Grants - pre-qualification form due August 5
- Education Capital Grants - pre-qualification form due November 18
- Bohemian Foundation - applications due February 7, announcement for Round 2 dates in early August
- Daniels Fund - proposals accepted at any time
- Dollar General Literacy Foundation:
- Adult Literacy Grant - applications due February 28, new announcement May 12
- Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund - ongoing
- Family Literacy Grants - applications due February 28, new announcement May 12
- Summer Reading Grants - applications due February 28, new announcement May 12
- Youth Literacy Grants - applications due May 19, new announcement September 1
- El Pomar Foundation - proposals accepted at any time
- Ezra Jack Keats Foundation - applications due March 31
- Institute of Museum and Library Services:
- National Leadership Grants for Libraries – application due February 1
- Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums – application due February 15
- Native American Library Services: Basic Grants – application due April 1
- Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants – application due April 1
- The Kerr Foundation, Inc. – applications due July 15
- Kinder Morgan Foundation – applications due on the 10th of every month
- Lawrence Foundation – applications due April 30 and November 1
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Foundation - applications are due February 1, June 1, and October 15
- The Pilcrow Foundation - applications due, March 1, May 1, and October 1.
- Schlessman Family Foundation – proposals are accepted all year with a final deadline of December 31st.
- Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation – applications due January 15, and the first business day in May and September