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Flood Relief Grants Now Available

community-foundation-grant-town-floodAs matching gift dollars roll in, grant dollars ready to roll out

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado is releasing guidelines for grant requests to assist in flood relief and recovery efforts in Larimer County, and it is encouraging nonprofits and governmental entities to review the guidelines and apply if they qualify.

Ray Caraway with the Community Foundation says the goal is to get these funds out into the affected communities, working as quickly and effectively as possible.

“Concerned and caring individuals have donated $318,000 dollars so far through three flood relief funds serving Larimer County, and Bohemian Foundation has matched that amount dollar-for-dollar,” said Ray Caraway, president of the Community Foundation. “That means $636,000 available for flood relief and it’s time to start getting some of these dollars out the door.”

The Community Foundation created three charitable funds to address intermediate and long-term flood relief and recovery needs within Larimer County in response to last month’s devastating floods. The funds cover the following areas:

• Estes Park and its canyon communities (Drake and above)

• Loveland and its canyon communities (below Drake), including Little Thompson River area

• Poudre River communities

As the Community Foundation prepares to accept its first grant applications, Caraway says it is important that the contributions keep coming in.

“We are still less than halfway to meeting our goal of $750,000 in gifts from individuals which will translate into $1.5 million for Larimer County with the addition of Bohemian Foundation’s matching challenge,” said Caraway. “While there are many ways to donate to flood relief, there are few opportunities to receive a dollar-for-dollar match. We know there are extraordinary needs to be met, and we want to take full advantage of the generosity of Bohemian Foundation.”

Funding requests from nonprofit organizations and governmental entities for projects related to the 2013 floods are now being accepted via an application form on the Community Foundation’s website (

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made over the course of three funding cycles (additional funding cycles may be added based on availability of funds). The application deadlines are:

• Tues., Oct. 22 at 5:00 p.m.

• Tues., Nov. 12 at 5:00 p.m.

• Tues., Dec. 17 at 5:00 p.m.

The Community Foundation staff will do an initial screening of applications. “We will then look to our already existing Community Fund committees for each community impacted,” said Caraway. “These committee members live and work in the affected areas and will give recommendations based on their knowledge of their own community.”

The local committees will provide this input to a Regional Grantmaking Committee appointed by the Community Foundation and Bohemian Foundation. Applicants whose proposed programs or projects will serve more than one of the geographic areas described by the flood relief funds will be reviewed directly by

the Regional Grantmaking Committee.

Applicants should visit the Community Foundation’s website ( to review the grantmaking guidelines and submit an application.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public foundation working to build permanent endowments for the benefit of charitable causes and organizations in Northern Colorado. It manages more than 350 individual charitable funds and $70 million in assets. It serves a unique leadership role by bringing people and resources together around important local issues. More than 40 local nonprofit organizations have their endowments housed with the Community Foundation, and many individuals and businesses have established donor advised funds.

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