Gerald Erikson Trust

Focus: Blind and visually impaired

The Gerald Erikson Trust focuses solely on supporting nonprofits serving the blind and visually impaired. Historically, this has been a competitive grant application process. In 2018, PPCF will proactively seek out compelling projects serving this particular field in the Pikes Peak region.

History and Funding Focus

Erikson Fund

  • The Erikson Fund was created in 2001 in honor of Gerald Erikson who cared deeply about the challenges facing the blind and visually impaired.
  • This is a field of interest fund where grantees are designated for funding with recommendations coming from PPCF Trustees and staff.
  • The focus of this funding is specific to programs and projects that serve the blind and visually impaired in the Pikes Peak region.
  • Organizations must be a qualified 501(c)3 nonprofit serving the state of Colorado.

Guidelines and Timeline

  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Maximum Grant: $15,000
  • Focus on organizations serving the blind and visually impaired.
  • Program or project specific funding only. No general operating support.
  • Funding decisions made by Staff and Trustees. Request a meeting to share more about your particular project.

Contact Us

Please call or email Eula Tatman, Grants Officer, to share more about your specific project. If it seems like a good fit, a site visit or in-person meeting may be requested.

Set up a Meeting

Required Information

Please call or email Eula Tatman to determine if your program or project is a good fit. If it is, you will be asked to provide the following information available as outlined below.

  • Organization contact information and one-paragraph history
  • Key personnel and their brief qualifications
  • Amount requested
  • List of other recent grants received and grant applications pending
  • List of Board of Directors and their principal occupations
  • Copy of IRS tax-exempt letter
  • Current fiscal year-to-date balance sheet
  • Current year-to-date and prior year income statement
  • Program or project budget
  • Organizational strategic plan
  • Explanation of project or program with desired outcomes

To learn more about the Gerald Erikson Trust contact Eula Tatman at 719-389-1251, or email