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DWE Partnership

A Taste of the Nonprofit Sector

New this year – we are adding a nonprofit grant component to the Community Foundation’s largest fundraiser, the Durango Wine Experience. In addition to a taste of wine, we’d like to provide our guests with a taste of SW Colorado’s nonprofit sector.

We have select 10 nonprofits to receive a $2,500 grant, along with the opportunity to share their missions with key constituents by volunteering at the DWE Walkabout on Friday, April 28 and at the DWE Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 29.

Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance – Archuleta Seniors, Inc. – Manna – Durango Chamber of CommerceLa Plata Open Space Conservancy – Durango Creative DistrictDurango Arts CenterDogster’s Spay & Neuter ProgramBigBrothersBigSisters of Southwest ColoradoFriends of Pine River Public Library

Grant requirements include providing four volunteers for four hours each day (it does not need to be the same people each day). Volunteers need to be physically able to stand/walk for four hours and be able to carry approximate 15 lbs., helping our wine vendors as needed:  carrying ice, greeting guests, ensuring alcohol does not leave the premises, and other duties. Volunteers can be staff, board members, or other organization reps – anyone that represents your organization well and knows how to work a crowd!

The time commitment each day is 3:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, April 28 and 2:30 to 6:30 PM on Saturday, April 29. On Friday, your volunteer team will be paired with one of our Friday Walkabout locations in downtown Durango. On Saturday, your team will work under the big tent at the Smiley Building.

Your organization will have the opportunity to share your mission with the valuable demographic of Wine Experience attendees — visiting with DWE guests while concurrently carrying out your volunteer duties. You may bring limited marketing brochures, handouts, etc. Your volunteers will wear a DWE apron, and should plan to represent your organization in some creative way – think t-shirts, hats, name tags, etc.

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We will select organizations across multiple nonprofit sectors.

To be eligible to apply, organizations must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)(3) organization.

2023 Nonprofit Timeline

  • Application will open: January 25
  • Application will close: February 22
  • Final organizations will be announced: March 1
  • All-grantee planning meeting: March 8, 9:00 – 9:45 AM – save the date in case you are selected
  • Mandatory meeting for all volunteer participants: April 20, 5:30-6:30 PM OR April 21, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Every volunteer must attend ONE of these meetings.
  • All-grantee wrap-up meeting: May 15, 9:00 – 9:45 AM

This application is now closed.