- Please be advised that we will be implementing a second funding cycle starting in the upcoming 2019 program year (2 cycles per year). The two funding cycles will be split by focus area, with 2 focus areas solicited per cycle. In Funding Cycle I, we will solicit grant requests from organizations that focus in either Health & Human Services or the Environment. In Funding Cycle II, we will solicit grant requests from organizations that focus in either Education or Arts & Culture. Please visit our Program Timeline web page to view a complete timeline for each cycle.
- We are also implementing a funding map for reference in the upcoming 2019 program year that provides clarity as to our board's current priority regions for funding. Our statewide acceptance policy will remain unchanged, but for transparency, a map of the state will be used to further specify our priority regions. Grants will continue to be made outside of the outlined priority regions, but at less frequency. This map can now be viewed on our Competitive Grants web page. If you have any questions, please contact our Foundation Leadership.
- 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.
- For Funding Cycle I, the applicant organization's primary focus area must fit within one of the following two categories: Health & Human Services or Environment.
- For Funding Cycle II, the applicant organization's primary focus area must fit within one of the following two categories: Arts & Culture or Education.
- Prior to each application period, first-time applicants are required to attend a 30-minute Grant Orientation Session. Funding Cycle I Grant Orientation Sessions will occur in September, and Funding Cycle II Grant Orientation Sessions will occur in March. Please reference the Program Timeline web page for more information and to schedule your session.
- 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 Program Manager.
- Applications for Funding Cycle I must be submitted by no later than midnight on October 31. Applications for Funding Cycle II must be submitted by no later than midnight on April 30. We will not accept late applications for any reason. Please read through our FAQ web page prior to beginning your application to avoid 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 program year.
- Final Reports for Funding Cycle I grantees (and 2018 grantees) must be submitted by no later than midnight on September 30. Final Reports for Funding Cycle II grantees must be submitted by no later than midnight on March 30. Organizations that submit a Final Report after the specified deadline will not be allowed to submit an application for funding in the following program year.
- Moniker staff may request a site visit if at least one of the following scenarios exists: the grantee has received funding from this specific program for the first time; the grantee has made significant organizational and/or leadership changes; or five years have elapsed since the most recent site visit. Site visits are typically requested by staff within approximately one year of the grant award date.
grant size and Support types
- Grant sizes generally range from a minimum of $5,000 (unless a lower amount is requested) to $15,000. Single-year grant requests above $15,000 are very rarely awarded. Applicants that are new to the program are encouraged to submit reasonable funding requests in their first year.
- The following support types are considered: capital, general operating, program, project, and matching.
- Multi-year requests (3-year maximum) for program and project support are permitted, but awarded infrequently. If you are a first-time applicant, a multi-year request is unlikely to be awarded.
how we evaluate - at a glance
- Is the request complete, well-written, and concise?
- Does the request provide all of the information necessary to make an informed judgment?
- Does the request align with Moniker's mission and focus areas?
- Is the request specifically tailored to Moniker, or is it standardized/boilerplate in nature?
- Are the programs and services effective, efficient, and unduplicated?
- Is the organization's overall strategy logical, realistic, and well-executed?
- 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/or region (innovations, effectual collaborations, community engagement, leadership, awards and recognition, etc.)?