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Grantmaking Process Overview

Community First Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Please check the Open Opportunities section below for Request for Proposals (RFPs). Grants are designed to support our current focus areas and open to nonprofit organizations and government entities in the metro Denver region. If your organization aligns with these focus areas, you may contact us to explore opportunities.

Open Opportunities

We do not have open opportunities at this time.

Eligibility and Considerations

Organizations wishing to apply should be headquartered or providing services in the Denver metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties).

The following are not eligible for grants from Community First Foundation:

  • Individuals, for-profit organizations, fundraising events, private foundations, other foundations or nonprofits that distribute money to recipients of its own selection, endowments, organizations that practice discrimination of any kind, organizations that do not have fiscal responsibility for the proposed project, organizations that do not have an active 501(c)(3) nonprofit IRS determination letter.

Typically, we give priority to projects or programs where one or more of the following factors are present:

  • Evidence of Impact – programs or services are evidence-based or promising practices
  • Population-Based – employing population-based or public-health approaches to improve outcomes
  • Scale – providing a niche opportunity where our limited resources can make a difference
  • Innovation and Leverage – creating economies of scale where none exist, making smart use of technology, or opportunities that impact multiple strategies of the Foundation
  • Community Engagement – tapping into the community to engage, inform, and improve your work
  • Collaboration – demonstrating a willingness and expertise at working with others to achieve your goals and objectives.


Noah M. Atencio

Noah Atencio
Vice President of Community Impact


Paul Mulligan
Grants & Donor Services Manager



Jennifer Griffis
Program Associate