A Foundation for all of Colorado
We’re headquartered in Colorado Springs, but make grants all over the state – investing in organizations, people, and partnerships that help people live better lives. Since Spencer and Julie Penrose established El Pomar in 1937, we’ve made over 25,000 grants totaling more than $600 million for the benefit of the people of Colorado. And counting…
empowered through grants
in grants, programs and assets for the people of Colorado
So what DO we fund?
We have a broad, general grant making scope with greatest emphasis on arts & culture, civic/community initiatives, education, health, and human services – which started with our founders. Our Trustees look to support organizations and initiatives that demonstrate (among other considerations) not only that they’re making a positive and significant difference in peoples’ lives and/or solving issues important to their communities, but also that they have solid plans to activate the mission, program, or project for which they’re seeking funding; financial sustainability; and strong community support and organizational leadership.
Our competitive process is the way most El Pomar grants are made, but we also have a number of individual funds with specific focus or geographic areas.
What DON'T we fund?
The Foundation does NOT accept applications for grant support to:
Reaching all of Colorado
Because the state is made up of a variety of unique communities, El Pomar created its Regional Partnerships program in 2003 to address local needs in each of the 11 regions. Convening local individuals into councils for each region allows us to employ community-informed grant making that best meets regional needs.
El Pomar’s Grant Making
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What do I need to know?
Your organization is eligible to apply for a grant from El Pomar Foundation if it matches a few basic criteria. Be sure to review our full details about eligibility and grant guidelines.
We accept applications on a rolling basis, and our Trustees review them 4-6 times a year during Trustee meetings. There are no deadlines for applications, so we encourage you to apply 8 weeks prior to the Trustee meeting that best fits your grant request timing (meeting dates at right).
When I'm ready, how do I go about applying for a grant?
Most grant funding at El Pomar Foundation is distributed through the competitive process. Through that process, the Trustees provide grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities that serve Colorado across a broad spectrum of focus areas, including: arts and culture, civic and community, education, health, and human services. These grants are for general operating support, programs and capital projects.
Grant applications are reviewed by the Trustees, who typically meet four-six times a year, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. El Pomar does not have grant deadlines.
In addition to making grants through the competitive process, El Pomar oversees several individual funds, including:
- Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund
- Freda Hambrick Fund
- Sally Beck Fund
- Wildland Fire Fund
El Pomar's Grant toolkit provides a comprehensive guide to organizations seeking grants, including details on eligibility criteria, application processes, and reporting requirements.