The 2020 Pikes Peak Region cycle has been awarded. Please check back in November 2020 for updates on the 2021 cycle.
- The applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, or under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. At this time, we do not fund endowments or scholarships through this program.
- The applicant organization must operate within one of the three priority funding regions.
- The applicant organization's primary focus area must be one of the following: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment; or Health & Human Services.
- Prior to each application period, first-time applicants are required to attend a Pre-Application Meeting. Please reference the Program Timeline for more information.
- A maximum of one funding request per organization may be submitted each program year.
- 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 Leadership.
grant size and Support types
- Grant award sizes will range between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on the annual program budget and regional committee decisions. Each region has a program budget of $50,000 in 2020. Applicants will not be asked to request a specific amount. Grant award amounts will be uniform for each funding cycle, but may change year to year and vary between regions.
- Organizations will be granted general operating support.
Pitch Day Details
A total of 12 organizations will be selected from each region to present at Pitch Day. At least one organization (at minimum) from each focus area will be invited to present, and each focus area will receive at least one grant. We do not have a specific quota at this time, so focus area proportions for each region will vary based on committee consensus. Pitch Day venues will be located within each region and will be announced in the invitations. A scheduler for Pitch Day time slots will be provided in the invitations as well. Each organization will have 15 minutes to present followed by a 5 minute Q&A period. At this point, presentations will be technology free (A/V equipment will be unavailable) to ensure timely completion. Organizations may bring a visual aid for the review committee (a handout or brochure), but given the brevity of the time slots, we encourage emphasis on the spoken message.
- What does your organization do? Provide a brief overview of your organization. This information was provided in your application so a refresher is all that is necessary.
- Who will the funding support? Tell us about the population that your organization serves in the community and/or who will benefit from the funding.
- Why is your work important to your community? This is your case for support and should be the primary focus of your presentation. We want to hear about how you will use the funding and why it matters.
- How will you achieve your goals and objectives? Explain how you will measure your success and what you need to do reach your goals.
how we evaluate - at a glance
- Is the application complete, well-written, and concise?
- Does the application provide all of the information necessary to make an informed judgment?
- Does the application align with Moniker's mission and focus areas?
- Does the organization demonstrate a strong case for support?
- Are the programs and services effective, efficient, and unduplicated?
- Is the organization's overall strategy logical, realistic, and well-executed?
- If applicable, has the organization/program provided sound reasoning for being under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit?
- Are the stated goals and objectives specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound?
- 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 demonstrate a commitment to adequate and effective evaluation of its programming and operations?
- Does the organization demonstrate extraordinary factors and intangibles that set it apart from other organizations in the associated focus area and region (innovations, effectual collaborations, community engagement, leadership, awards and recognition, etc)?