Focus Areas

Overview

The Foundation is interested in grants and Program Related Investments that advance Coloradoan’s ability to improve earning potential and quality of life. The Foundations places premium on programs that have a proven track record in creating jobs with livable wages / pathways to self-sufficiency / wealth creation and entrepreneurship opportunities / growth.  Giving areas include Entrepreneurship and Job Creation programs (50% of giving), Barriers to Employment (25% of giving) and General Purpose Funding (25% of giving). Within our General Purpose portfolio, the Foundation allocates funds towards pre-determined legacy organizations and arts, culture and sciences organizations. All of our grant making and program related investing is by invitation only.  

Job Creation and Entrepreneurship

Programs promoting job creating and entrepreneurship represent 50% of the Foundation's giving.

Criteria for strong proposals

  • Programs developing individuals with increased skills in high-demand fields
  • Training and support that results in increased entrepreneurial skills and/or new businesses.
  • Seed capital bundled with support services to help grow small to mid-sized ventures,
    jobs created because of new businesses or growth, financial skill building
  • Programs placing individuals in jobs with living wages
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Job training through social enterprise
  • Jobs created through social enterprises or for-profit companies
  • Financial literacy training, adult education
  • Workforce development

Focus Populations

  • Low -income entrepreneurs
  • Individuals lacking credit needed to secure traditional loans
  • Women
  • People of color
  • Justice involved individuals
  • Rural communities
  • People with disabilities 

Removing Barriers to Employment

Programs promoting job creating and entrepreneurship represent 25% of the Foundation's giving.

Criteria for strong proposals

  • Wraparound services that support people including services such as emergency financial assistance, food, childcare, transportation, work clothes etc.
  • Navigation through health care, adult education, food assistance, rental assistance/housing to increase stability. 
  • Programs must be directly connected to training and employment opportunities through partnerships or within the organization.

Focus Populations

  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Low-income single parents
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • Low-income individuals and families from rural communities
  • Justice involved individuals
  • People with disabilities

Kenneth King's Legacy Grantmaking

Kenneth King

These legacy and arts/culture/sciences grants represent 25% of the Foundation’s giving and are handled through a consent agenda throughout the year. These organizations are identified and reviewed for legacy grants periodically, every 2-3 years. The Foundation will next identify legacy and arts/culture/sciences organizations in November 2022. Organizations require the Foundation’s invitation before applying. 

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