2020 Community Grant Round

YVCF, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders and other Granting Endowments, supports programs and services benefiting the Yampa Valley through this annual Community Grants Cycle. Grants may be awarded for innovative programs demonstrating community benefits in five focus areas: arts & culture, education, health & human services, environment, and recreation.

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) Community Grant Cycle will open May 22nd. YVCF, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders and other Granting Endowments, supports Routt and Moffat county nonprofits who benefit the Yampa Valley through this annual Community Grants Cycle.

The Community Foundation understands that our local nonprofits currently face greater demands and fewer resources. To respond to the growing needs of our community due to COVID-19, YVCF will waive for this year the one-year “sit out” requirement for nonprofits who have received funding for the past three years. Grant awards go to innovative nonprofits for general operating or program support in five focus areas: arts & culture, education, health & human services, environment, and recreation.

2020 Grant Guidelines – PDF

Dates to remember:
  • May 22, 2020  – Community Grant Cycle Opens
  • July 3, 2020 @ 4 pm MST – Grant applications due
  • Late-September: Organizations notified of grant awards

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

Community Grant Cycle Overview

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Donor Advised Fund Holders and other Granting Endowments, supports programs and services benefiting the Yampa Valley through an annual Community Grants Cycle. Grants may be awarded for innovative programs demonstrating community benefits in five focus areas:

Arts & Culture * Education * Health & Human Services * Environment * Recreation

YVCF accepts proposals from organizations engaged in nonprofit programs in Routt and Moffat Counties that benefit the Yampa Valley. Only grant requests for charitable purposes that have a public benefit will be considered. Programs and services that receive funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation shall not include any political or religious intentions.

Requests should be emailed to helen@yvcf.org.

Important dates

The Community Grant Cycle takes place annually, with exact dates to be announced each spring.

May 22nd: Applications Open

July 3rd: Applications Close

Late September: Grant awards are announced

2019 Grant Making Guidelines

  • Grant requests should be limited to $5,000 or less.
  • Grants for General Operating support must be approved by YVCF staff prior to grant application submission.
  • 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 have a direct conversation with YVCF staff.
  • Organizations that receive three consecutive years of YVCF or Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp funding will be asked to take a year off from applying through the Community Grants Cycle.
  • Evaluations for previously awarded grants must be received before new grant proposals will be considered.

Granting Criteria

Successful grant proposals should:

  • Demonstrate impact in the Yampa Valley
  • Define the process used to measure impact and evaluate expected results
  • Effectively demonstrate collaboration within the community
  • Exhibit best organizational and financial practices
  • Demonstrate the need for YVCF funding within the parameters of the revenue capabilities of the organization

Grant Restrictions

Grants will not be made for:

  • Professional development or to individuals
  • Team or Travel Expenses
  • Retroactive grants or projects already completed
  • Debt reduction or Endowments