El Pomar's Funds

The Trustees have invested in communities throughout Colorado since 1937.  In addition to the competitive process, El Pomar oversees several funds, each with a specific focus and mission.

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The competitive grant process remains the primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding.  If you wish to apply for a traditional competitive grant you may apply here.  Throughout the years, as our Trustees have adhered to the wishes of Spencer and Julie Penrose, the Foundation has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds; some funds are open for application while a few are open by invitation only.

You will find the mission, history, and guidelines for El Pomar's additional funds here.


ANNA KEESLING ACKERMAN FUND

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MISSION: Support nonprofit organizations serving the Pikes Peak Region, with a specific focus on organizations working in arts and humanities, education, health, human services, and civic and community initiatives.

HISTORY: The Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund seeks to continue the charitable intent of Mr. Jasper D. Ackerman, who supported numerous charitable organizations and causes throughout the Pikes Peak Region. 

GUIDELINES: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status serving the Pikes Peak Region (El Paso and Teller counties) are eligible to apply for funding. The Ackerman Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar's competitive grant process. Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually in the spring and at the end of the year. 

If funded, applicants must wait three years (36 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 719-633-7733 or send us an email.

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FREDA HAMBRICK FUND

MISSION: Support nonprofit organizations that prevent cruelty to animals, provide direct care and medical assistance, and offer educational programs for the proper care of and attention to animals within the state of Colorado.

HISTORY: The Freda Hambrick Fund seeks to continue the charitable intent of Ms. Freda Hambrick, who dedicated much time and energy to support animal welfare organizations and issues throughout Colorado. 

GUIDELINES: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status that support animal welfare issues in the state of Colorado are eligible to apply for funding.  No dollars received from the Fund may be used for euthanasia. The Hambrick Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar's competitive grant process.  Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually in the spring and at the end of the year. 

If funded, applicants must wait two years (24 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application. 

Please note: Absent an invitation from the Executive Vice President of Grants, organizations may not apply to the Freda Hambrick Fund and the Sally Beck Fund in the same calendar year. 

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 719-633-7733 or send us an email.

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SALLY BECK FUND

MISSION: Support nonprofit organizations providing direct care to equines, therapeutic riding programs, equine education programs, and equine-related disaster response programs. 

HISTORY: The Sally Beck Fund seeks to continue the charitable intent of Ms. Sally Beck, who dedicates considerable time and energy to supporting equine-related nonprofit organizations. 

GUIDELINES: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status that support equine care, equine education, equine-related disaster response, or therapeutic riding are eligible to apply for funding.  No dollars received from the Fund may be used for capital improvements or overhead staffing costs. The Beck Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar's competitive grant process.  Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually, in the spring and at the end of the year. 

All applicants, funded or declined, must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.  If funded, applicants must submit their final report prior to submitting a new application.

Please note: Absent an invitation from the Executive Vice President of Grants, organizations may not apply to the Freda Hambrick Fund and the Sally Beck Fund in the same calendar year.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 719-633-7733 or send us an email.

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WILDLAND FIRE FUND

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MISSION: To assist with the immediate emergency needs of volunteer fire fighting agencies and first responders throughout the state of Colorado.

HISTORY: El Pomar's Wildland Fire Fund was created in rapid response to Colorado's devastating wildfire season of 2002. El Pomar led an effort to supply front line volunteer Colorado fire agencies with various supplies, including personal firefighting equipment, radios, hoses, and pumps. By year-end, El Pomar had contributed $1.7 million and raised an additional $300,000 through a community fund raising campaign. Since the Fund's inception, El Pomar has addressed emergency needs for volunteer firefighters and first responders across the state, including during the Black Forest, South Fork, and Lake George fires. Over $4.9 million has been granted to more than 170 volunteer fire organizations. 

GUIDELINES: Volunteer agencies seeking support for personal protection equipment and other emergency needs are eligible to apply for the Fund through El Pomar's competitive grant process. 

If funded, applicants must wait three years (36 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 719-633-7733 or send us an email.  In the event of an emergency please contact the Director of the Wildland Fire Fund by calling 719-633-7733.


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REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS COUNCIL GRANTS

MISSION: The Regional Partnerships program is geographically based and combines El Pomar Foundation and local resources to impact and serve the needs of Colorado communities.

HISTORY: In 2003, El Pomar established the Regional Partnerships with the aim of effectively expanding the Foundation's support of rural communities. Today, more than 70 community leaders make up 11 regional councils representing all 64 counties in Colorado. Council members provide firsthand information about the needs in their communities and make grant recommendations to our Trustees based on their local expertise. Since the program's inception, El Pomar has distributed more than $14.8 million on behalf of its Regional Councils.

GUIDELINESThe Regional Councils make grant recommendations to the Trustees with potential for a combined annual impact of more than $2 million throughout Colorado.

Meet the Council Members and learn more... 

 

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DOROTHY FERRAND FUND

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MISSION:  The Ferrand Fund seeks to provide support to organizations making a significant impact on the educational, medical, health care and other needs of low-income children and their parents in the Pikes Peak region.

HISTORY: The Ferrand Fund was established in 2005 to uphold the legacy of Dorothy Ferrand, wife of BROADMOOR Master Chef, George Ferrand. Mrs. Ferrand was known throughout the community for her generosity and commitment to providing opportunities for underprivileged and sick children.  Dorothy Ferrand passed away in 2003, leaving a bequest of $1.1 million to El Pomar Foundation, with the requirement the funds “shall be used solely in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado for the education, medical, health care, dental, housing, and other needs of especially poor children, and their parents.” Since its inception, 45 grants totaling $599,000 have been allocated to organizations upholding this legacy through the Ferrand Fund.

GUIDELINES:  Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status making a significant impact on the educational, medical, health care and other needs of low-income children and their parents in the Pikes Peak region. Must be nominated to apply. 

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 719-633-7733 or send us an email.


KARL E. EITEL FUND

MISSION: The Karl E. Eitel Fund supports the work of outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations serving at-risk youth.

HISTORY: The Fund was created in the name of a former El Pomar Trustee, Karl E. Eitel, to honor his compassion for disadvantaged kids.  Karl E. Eitel served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation for 23 years. As an advocate for youth, he believed strongly in supporting organizations contributing to the development of Colorado's young people. In 1998, the Trustees created the Karl E. Eitel Fund as a tribute to his legacy and to enhance El Pomar’s support of youth across Colorado. 

GUIDELINES:  Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status working with at-risk youth must be nominated by El Pomar Trustees, staff, associates, former grant recipients, and members of Karl E. Eitel’s family. Organizations that receive funding are not eligible for one year following receipt of the grant.

QUESTIONS: Contact Devon Seymour at dseymour@elpomar.org or 719-577-7016.

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OLIN FUND 

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MISSION: The Olin Fund supports investments in Olin Field at the Colorado Springs Youth Sports Park, the business and economics majors at UCCS, and programs in small Colorado communities. 

HISTORY: A Trustee of El Pomar from 1992 to 2006, Kent Olin was a respected leader in Colorado's banking community for 35 years. Together Mr. Olin and his wife, Marylin, supported the arts, youth, and education. 

QUESTIONS: Contact the grants office at grants@elpomar.org at 719-633-7733.

HYBL FUND 

MISSION: The Hybl Fund supports Olympic,Paralympic, and youth sports. 

HISTORY: Bill Hybl, a lifetime public servant, has long been dedicated to amateur sport. Currently chairman of the United States Olympic Endowment, he believes the ideals of excellence, fair play, and hard work through sport are important for athletes as well as children. 

QUESTIONS: Contact the grants office at grants@elpomar.org at 719-633-7733.

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