2021 Community Grant Round

More than a check writer—a collaborator. At the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, we proudly support a philosophy of trust-based philanthropy and seek to apply that philosophy to our relationship with every grantee/partner. This approach commits to building relationships based on transparency, dialogue and mutual learning.  We seek to streamline applications, and reporting and attach fewer restrictions to funding. The Community Foundation partners with local nonprofit organizations to strengthen efforts towards achieving shared community vision.  

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders and, other Granting Endowments, offers once-a-year grants up to $7,500 for unrestricted purposes. We firmly believe that our grant recipients are best equipped—better than we are—to decide how their grant awards should be spent. Nonprofits are the mission-driven, field-expert professionals. 

2021 Complete Grant Guidelines

2021 Export Grant Application with questions (Do not complete the application here)

2021 Scoring Matrix

Dates to remember:


If you have any questions, please contact Helen Beall at helen@yvcf.org or 879-8632.

Community Grant Cycle Overview

General Information:

The 2021 grant cycle will focus on unrestricted grants but will still accept requests for programmatic grants as appropriate. Unrestricted funding provides grantees the flexibility to assess and determine where grant dollars are most needed.  It allows for innovation, emergent action and building sustainability.  To qualify for unrestricted grants, the nonprofit organization must serve Routt and/or Moffat Counties and must meet all other eligibility requirements posted in the 2021 Community Grants Guidelines.

We will accept programmatic grant applications from organizations and public entities when an operating grant is not appropriate. Examples include organizations with regional or statewide service areas, public entities or programs run by religious organizations if the program meets a critical need in the community and does not require religious participation. The organization must satisfy all other 2021 Community Grants Guidelines.

Important dates

  • 5/1/2021 Application made live on YVCF website  
  • 5/6/2021 2020 YVCF Community Grant Round Kick off Training 
  • 6/6/2021 Grant Applications Due  
  • 9/27/2021  Final Committee Meeting  
  • 10/4/2021 Notify organizations of grant awards 

Grant Making Guidelines

  • General Guidelines:
    • Grant requests will be limited to $7,500 or less.
    • Evaluations for previously awarded grants must be received before new grant proposals will be considered. The reporting form is included in the 2021 grant application.
    • YVCF will consider larger grant requests up to $15,000 that demonstrate significant impact within the Yampa Valley. To be considered for larger grants, organizations must first have a direct conversation with YVCF staff before preparing the application.


    Principle-based Criteria:

    • Organizations striving for ‘Transformative Change’ to address the root causes of the problem, not just its symptoms.
    • Organizations having a leadership team and board that reflect the community they are serving.
    • Organizations working collaboratively with a shared vision to improve the Yampa Valley through the arts & culture, environment, health and human services, recreation and/or educational sectors.

    Operational Criteria:

    • IRS status: 501(c)3 or fiscally sponsored through a 501(c)3 organization or local government.
    • Geography: Serve Routt and/or Moffat county. Grant funding can only be used to support work in these two counties.

Grant Restrictions

Grant Restrictions:

  • Religious or political purposes
  • Retroactive grants or projects already completed (programmatic grants only)