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Cornerstone Grant through Community Foundation

The Cornerstone Grant is intended to be simple to apply for, yet powerful in its outcomes. To apply, the organization must be a 501(c)(3) or have a current fiscal sponsor with a letter of consent dated within the year. The organization/program must serve Southwest Colorado (Archuleta, San Juan, La Plata, Montezuma, and Dolores counties). A nonprofit can only apply for up to $1,000 once a year.

Grant requests are vetted and then submitted twice a year (in early April  and early October) to Fund Holders and Friends of the Community Foundation. Requests remain open for one year, at which time an organization may re-apply.

To enhance the Community Foundation’s position and influence in our community, we ask that the organization take the time to let the media know about the grant received and how instrumental the Community Foundation was in assisting the organization or program, as well as the successful outcomes.

Cornerstone Grant Guidelines

Cornerstone Grant Application


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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

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