Guidelines & Eligibility
The Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation serves the Pikes Peak Region. While grants have been awarded outside this geographic area under unique circumstances, most funding is confined to supporting those nonprofits in Colorado Springs. In general, all grants must follow the Foundation’s mission or have direct relevance.
All organizations applying to the Foundation must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization; or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)3 organization.
The Foundation focuses its funding on those organizations with which it has an established funding history. All applicants should contact the office prior to applying at [email protected].
Ineligible for funding
The Foundation does not support the following:
- Organizations that have not secured their legal 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS or are not under the fiscal agency of a nonprofit
- Special and/or Fundraising Events
- Debt Reduction
- Organizations with an evangelical mission
Note that while the Foundation does support public education, this area is solely funded via proactive initiatives. Therefore, unsolicited proposals will not be considered.
Grant amounts & types
We work in service along side our nonprofit partners to leverage our resources (our network, our endowment and our grant funds) in an equitable, strategic, and impactful manner. Our nonprofit partners help to guide the types of grant dollars we deploy-to meet their strategic needs. As such, the majority of our grants are for capacity building and general operating support.
In general, grant amounts are based on the size and need of the organization applying. Grants range from $500 - $100,000 with an average of $10,000.
Grant cycles & deadlines
All potential grantees should contact the office prior to applying.
The Foundation's Fiscal Year is August 1st to July 31st. The Board of Directors reviews grant proposals at quarterly meetings held in January, April, July, and October. Deadlines for submission are December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. Proposals must be submitted either prior to or on the deadline date.
The Foundation follows the Colorado Common Grant Application format.
The Common Grant Application allows Colorado grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions that reinforce solid nonprofit practices. The CGA also saves grantseekers time and effort by enabling them to use a single format for mutiple applications.
NOTE: The Foundation utilizes an online grant application process. If you are a previous grantee, please contact the office prior to applying to confirm your log-in information before you access the online application site. Access the link to the online application here.
If you are not an established nonprofit partner, please respond to the following brief Q&A to ascertain eligibility.