Proactive Grantmaking

In 2017, we took time to receive input from a variety of stakeholders regarding our community grants process. We heard from many that high impact, strategic grants would make a meaningful difference for our community. Read below to learn how this has impacted our community grants.

PPCF's discretionary grantmaking through the Everett Charitable Trust is dedicated to advancing large, community-wide initiatives that benefit as many citizens as possible. Other community grantmaking is done through two invitation-only funds: Gerald Erikson Trust and the Edson Foundation Fund. Below, you'll find more information about these three funds.

Arts Vision Grants

Supported by the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts, and in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Arts Vision Grants are available for creative projects that bring to life the declarations and opportunities in Arts Vision 2030, the 10-year cultural plan for the region.

Applications are invited from arts-focused nonprofits, arts-focused businesses, and individual artists based in El Paso and Teller counties of Colorado, for projects occurring between September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Noon (MT).

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Pikes Peak Emergency Relief Fund

The Emergency Relief Fund, activated when a state of emergency is declared by the state or a municipal agency, is designed to make giving to support nonprofits impacted by the event easy for donors and for impacted nonprofits to apply for funding.

Gerald Erikson Trust Fund

History: The Erikson Trust was established in 2001 in honor of Gerald Erikson who cared deeply about the challenges facing people experiencing blindness and visual impairment. The focus of this funding is specific to programs and projects that serve people experiencing blindness and visual impairment in Colorado.

Grant Parameters: Organizations must be a qualified 501(c)3 public charity serving the state of Colorado. Strong priority will be given to organizations serving the Pikes Peak Region.

What the Trust will fund

  • Programs or project specific funding only;
  • Single-year funding opportunities

Applications for funding are by invitation only.

Guidelines and Timeline

  • Due Date: Annually in June
  • Maximum Grant: $25,000
  • Invitees will be sent an email with the application link and instructions

Edson Foundation

The Edson Foundation believes diligence and resolve should be rewarded. We provide support that breaks down barriers to achievement. We celebrate curiosity and learning; and we value courage and tenacity that propels people forward. By removing obstacles that stand in the way of success, The Edson Foundation comes alongside the determined to overcome any challenge, any hurdle.

Educational programs/initiatives that: promote empowerment, encourage innovation, help in personal development, provide mentoring, and encourage creativity

Nonprofit agencies that encourage: personal growth and development skills, pro-social behaviors, job skills and placement, pursuit of education.

Grant applications are considered once each year with a deadline of September 1. Please go to the Edson Foundation webpage here for more information and to learn more about the grant criteria and process.

Guidelines and Timeline

  • September 1 - Grant Applications Due
  • October - Grants Awarded
  • Application will be available through grant portal beginning April 15

E.M. & F.E. Everett Charitable Trust Fund of Pikes Peak Community Foundation

History: The Everett Trust was created in 2001 from the estate of Esther M Everett. Her desires were to fund charitable projects in the Pikes Peak region.

Since the establishment of the Trust, we have granted more than $4 million towards various organizations and, more recently, toward community-wide initiatives in the Pikes Peak Region. At this time, the Trust does not accept applications for funding.

Recent Grants

  • $100,000 for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum
  • $30,000 in support of the Giving Together Co-Funding Initiative
  • $25,000 to Panorama Park in support of the accessible playground

Fund for the Arts

Striving to create a community that embraces art, cultural events, music and movement in the Pikes Peak Region.

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