- The applicant organization must be a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, public charity. At this time, we do not accept applications from endowments or scholarship funds.
- The applicant organization must operate within the state of Colorado.
- The applicant organization's primary focus area must fit within at least one of the following categories: Education, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, and/or Environment.
- First-time applicants are required to attend a 30-minute Grant Orientation Session in September, prior to the application period. Please reference the Program Timeline webpage for more information.
- Only one request per organization will be considered each funding cycle.
- Applications must be completed entirely in order to be considered. If you are uncertain about any aspect of the application, please reach out to our Foundation Program Manager.
- Applications must be submitted by no later than 5:00 pm on October 31st. We will not accept late applications for any reason. Please read through our FAQ webpage prior to beginning your application to avoid making critical mistakes late in the application period.
- Organizations that have been funded for 3 consecutive years will not be eligible to apply in the year following (year 4). In year 5, the count resets and the organization is again eligible to apply. Organizations will be notified of their ineligibility immediately following receipt of funds in the third consecutive year. This policy was implemented in 2017, so potential ineligibility will not begin until our 2020 funding cycle.
- Beginning with the 2018 funding cycle, we are requiring that the Final Report be submitted by 5:00 pm on September 30th. The Board will not consider a new request if a final report has not been submitted for a previous year's grant. Please note that this policy does not apply to 2017 grant awardees.
- Site visits may be requested by staff and generally occur within 1 year of the grant award date.
grant sizes and types
- Grant sizes typically range from $5,000 to $15,000.
- The following support types are considered: capital, general operating, program, project, and matching.
- Multi-year requests (3-year maximum) are considered, but awarded infrequently.
how we evaluate - at a glance
- Is the request well-written and complete?
- Does the request appear to be specifically tailored to The Moniker Foundation or does it appear to be standardized in nature?
- Does the request align with Moniker's mission and focus areas?
- Are programs and services effective, efficient, and unduplicated?
- Are the stated goals and objectives specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound?
- Is the organization's overall strategy logical and realistic?
- Will the grant deliver a measurable impact?
- Is there a demonstrated financial need?
- Does the organization have sustainable and diversified funding streams?
- Is the organization financially stable?
- Does the organization have a history of success and positive outcomes?
- Does the organization adequately evaluate its programming?
- Does the organization demonstrate extraordinary factors or intangibles that set it apart from others (innovations, collaborations, community engagement, leadership, awards and recognition, etc.)?