1309 E 3rd Ave., Smiley Building, Suite 20 A tiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81301

Cornerstone Funding Request through Community Foundation

What is the Cornerstone Funding Request?

The Cornerstone Funding Request is less of a formal grant application process, and more an opportunity for nonprofits in Southwest Colorado to introduce their organization and its needs to a list of philanthropists who support nonprofits in our region. The Cornerstone is intended to be simple to apply for, yet powerful in its outcomes.


How does it work?

Twice a year, in early April and early October, the Community Foundation reviews and submits funding requests to a list of our Fund Holders and Friends of the Foundation. Donors and philanthropists will then have the opportunity to read each organization’s application and consider its request. If a donor decides to fund a request, they will get in touch with the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation will then notify the awarded nonprofit. Requests remain open for one year, at which time an organization may reapply.


Who can apply?

To apply, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3). If using a fiscal sponsor, the applying nonprofit/program must include a letter of understanding from the fiscal sponsor specifying that the nonprofit/program has authorization to use its tax deductible status. The fiscal sponsor should also stipulate that it will ensure that funds are expended for charitable purposes. Furthermore, the organization or program must also serve Southwest Colorado (Archuleta, San Juan, La Plata, Montezuma, and Dolores counties).


How much can I request?

A nonprofit can apply for $1,000 once a year.


How do I apply?

To apply, fill out the web application below. A complete application will be greeted with a webpage that states, “Thank you for submitting a Cornerstone Funding Request! The Community Foundation will be in touch if your request is awarded.” If you are not directed to this page, please review your application for any errors highlighted in red.


2017 Deadlines

  • March 15
  • September 15


Cornerstone Funding Request Web Application

  • If you are using a fiscal sponsor to apply, provide your fiscal sponsor's EIN.
  • Please upload a letter from your fiscal sponsor, dated within the year, specifying that your nonprofit has authorization to use their tax deductible status. The fiscal sponsor should also stipulate that it will ensure that funds are expended for charitable purposes.
  • 150 words or less.
  • 150 words or less.
  • 150 words or less.



April Nonprofit Resources


April 12: 501(c)(3) Do’s and Don’ts

Cara Lawrence of Tierney Lawrence in Denver will share her knowledge at 501 Read More...

April 25: Durango Nonprofit Summit

Colorado Nonprofit Association presents a day-long training on Tuesday, Apr Read More...


I am a ‘horizontal’ as opposed to a ‘vertical’ person, meaning I have a wide variety of interests and passions as opposed to depth in one or two areas of need. Because of my broad base of interest, philanthropy was becoming a complicated, tedious, and solo effort. Setting up my Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado simplified the process. I am able to deliberately establish a giving pattern that will continue on after I am no longer able to make philanthropic decisions.

- Kathleen Adams, Board Member

I am extremely proud to be a Fund Holder, as well as President of the Board of Directors for this outstanding organization. It has elevated philanthropy in our community by pairing the needs of the nonprofits with those who have a passion to fund their mission. The Foundation is an important engine to our community’s health.

- Molly Martin, Board President

Blue Lake Ranch - A Country Inn
Fredrick Zink Associates
The Payroll Department
Skywalker Construction
Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado tiny pinwheel
1309 E 3rd Ave., Smiley Building, Suite 20 Atiny pinwheel Durango, CO 81301
tiny pinwheel 970-375-5807 tiny pinwheel director@swcommunityfoundation.org