Grant Making

El Pomar is a general purpose foundation that contributes more than $20 million annually

through grants to nonprofit organizations and government equivalents across Colorado


New Grants System

The Grants Department is excited to announce the launch of our new grant application and reporting system on November 1, 2016.

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Contact Us

Please call the Grants Department at: 


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Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings

  • February 10, 2017
  • May 15, 2017
  • Please note, we accept competitive applications on a rolling basis.
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Central City Opera House, Central City, CO

Am I Eligible?

Your organization is eligible to apply for a grant from El Pomar Foundation if:

  • It is an active 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Its activities take place in Colorado
  • If requesting capital support, your request is less than $100,000

Review the grant guidelines and eligibility requirements 

How To Apply

You can apply for a grant online.  Be sure to have: 

  • The name and address of your organization and contact information for the CEO/Executive Director
  • Concise statements describing your request
  • Your organization's three (3) most recent years of audited financial statements

Review the full list of required application materials

Apply Now!

El Pomar's Funds

El Pomar offers several funds, including the:

  • Ackerman Fund
  • Hambrick Fund
  • Wildland Fire Fund


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Final Report

A final report is required when all grant funds have been expended.  This report provides the opportunity to communicate the achievements and challenges related to the grant your organization received.

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Grant Search

Search by organization, county, city, key word, or funding area – arts and culture, civic and community, education, health, and human service

Recent News

Action Requested: Grants System Transition

All current grantees and organizations who would like to apply must register their organization in the new system

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The San Luis Valley Regional Council, a program of El Pomar Foundation, is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of the San Luis Valley's Teen Tech Academy!

“This is not just another board position to me. I am committed.” – Beth Drum, Southwest Council Member. In 2014, the council identified a lack of affordable spaces for toddlers/infants and a small amount of quality caregivers as primary concerns. Now, the region has two Early Childhood councils that provide training, resources, and partnerships for certified caregivers. Learn more about the impact of Regional Partnerships in the Southwest Region here:

As a leader, innovator, and advocate for political and legislative change, Dr. Evie Dennis has created opportunities for all people in areas of education and sports. As the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (1988-1994) she helped desegregate the district ensuring equal opportunity for all students. Dr. Evie Dennis served on the boards of USA Track & Field, United States Olympic Committee, and the United States Sports Academy and since 1983 she has also chaired the El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence Commission! #WCW #BlackHistoryMonth

On March 3rd, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will be hosting the PRISM Awards to celebrate social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs in the region.Today is the last day to submit your nomination! Click here

@ElPomarFdtn • February 13

RT @wrighting @ElPomarFdtn what a great speech by Jim. Thank you El Pomar Foundation for a powerful 25th Reunion!

@ElPomarFdtn • February 13

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@ElPomarFdtn • February 11

"I urge you to be aware of your sphere of influence and use it for good." -Jim Hayes #ForeverFellows

@ElPomarFdtn • February 9

Tomorrow night, we are kicking off our 25th Fellowship Alumni Reunion! #TBT to the 2007 Fellowship Class.…

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