Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a statewide program that provides nonprofit leaders the resources they need to lead effective and sustainable organizations. Southeast RPD serves nonprofit organizations in Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero and Prowers counties. To become involved in the Southeast’s Regional Leadership Committee to help plan interim programming please contact Elizabeth Berkeley at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Upcoming Events

Pen to Paper  – 3-part series

Description: This 3-part series will provide you with coaching and peer review of a current grant application. Each session will focus on a different element of the Common Grant Application (CGA), including: narrative, goals & objectives and grant attachments. This course is intended for nonprofit professionals that work in a development capacity and have an active grant application.

Participants will have the opportunity to get direct feedback during the class and revise their proposals between sessions.


Part 1 will focus on how to maximize the limited space available to tell your story in your grant proposal and work to clarify and refine your organizations goals and objectives with the help of peer review.

Thursday, November 12 – PART 2: MISSION BUILDING BLOCKS

Part 2 will focus on reviewing and interpreting nonprofit principles and best practices and writing a narrative that references instructions to ensure you are answering the questions posed in an application.

Tuesday, November 17 – PART 3: GRANT ATTACHMENTS & PANEL

Part 3 will focus on tips to avoid common mistakes and the essential elements of the attachments section of a grant proposal as well as tools for grants management and infrastructure. This session will also feature a panel of funders and grant professionals.

November 10, 12, & 17 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | $40 for specific counties | $60 standard

  • $40 counties include: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero & Prowers

Southeast Regional Resources and Partnership Building Workshops

Open to nonprofits, organizations and government officials who work with the following counties: Baca, Bent Huerfano, Crowley, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo.

  • Jeff Osterman, Southern Colorado Community Foundation
  • Sammie George, Bent County Development Foundation
  • Ann-Marie Crampton, Lamar Community College
  • Southern Colorado Community Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – Jeff Osterman, Executive Director, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-546-6677) 
    • Description – Southern Colorado Community Foundation enhances the quality of life and promotes philanthropy through leadership, resources and traditions.
    • Grants – deadlines are March 1st and September 1st, average grant range $2,000-$5,000
      • Community Fund – preference given to requests that encourage or enhance leadership in some way.
      • Chamberlain Fund – requests are granted to Pueblo County organizations only
  • Caring for Colorado Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – Pueblo Office,  email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-566 7841)
    • Description – Caring for Colorado works with communities to catalyze and accelerate change to improve the lives and health of Colorado’s children, youth and families. We are a grantmaking foundation, created in 1999 from the proceeds of the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado.
    • Grants – 
      • Focus Areas: Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Youth, Strong & Resilient Families, Public Policy and Advocacy
      • Deadlines
        • Registration and Contact Change – January 22nd, 2021 at 5 PM
          • Grantseekers must register for access to the online grants portal. If you have previously registered for an account, you do not need to register again. If you have contact updates, complete our Contact Change Form.
        • Grant Application – February 5th, 2021 at 5 PM
    • Pueblo Grantmaking, Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund – 
      • Focus Areas: Children, Youth, and Families; Community Impact
      • Deadlines
        • Letter of Inquiry – January 6, 2021 at 5 pm
        • Registration and Contact Change –  January 22nd, 2021 at 5 PM
        • Grant Application – February 5th, 2021 at 5 PM
  • Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-544-2566)
    • Description – The purpose of the Foundation is to assist non-profit organizations with projects that are designed to improve the lives of people who reside in The Pueblo Chieftain circulation area, all within Colorado counties. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting programs and community-based projects that:
      • Assist communities to provide improvements toward the betterment of the lives of their citizens;
      • Help alleviate cycles of illiteracy, poverty and government dependency;
      • Assist young people to broaden their horizons by exposing them to educational opportunities that they may otherwise not have the ability to enjoy.
    • Grants – 
      • Deadlines are September 15th and March 10th
  • Red Line
  • Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required 
    • Description – The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger is a multi year plan to end hunger for all Coloradans. It was developed, with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, by individuals and organizations from across the state who are working on or experiencing hunger in their own homes and communities.
    • Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund – 
      • The sixth round of applications is now closed. We will announce information about any further rounds in our newsletter. To be added to the newsletter please email email hidden; JavaScript is required
    • Resources – 
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Open in rounds weekly, and awarded weekly with reporting on the backend
  • Fresh Food Financing Fund, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
    • Website – 
    • Contact (for general inquiries, application help, eligibility and technical questions) – Andrea Buglione, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (720-510-8567)
    • Description – The Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) improves access to healthy food in underserved Colorado communities by financing grocery stores and other forms of healthy food retail. ​ This statewide fund is anticipated to leverage $20 million in investment. ​​​​​​​
  • Colorado Department of Transportation, Can Do Colorado Community Challenge
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required 
    • Revitalizing Main Streets –
    • CanDo Community Telework Program – 
    • Fact Sheet – 
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Protect Our Neighbors Grant Program
    • Website – 
    • Infrastructure Strengthening Grants – 
      • Deadline is October 8th, 2020
      • If counties have already engaged with impacted communities, completed needs assessments and planning activities and identified infrastructure needs they may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grant. These grants will require local matching funds and can be spent on investments such as technology, community resource coordination, communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders, funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers, and enhanced prevention and containment efforts. Maximum awards for Infrastructure Grants will be $150,000 state share with local counties providing up to $150,000 in matching funds for a total of $300,000.
  • Anschutz Family Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (303-293-2338)
    • Description – The Anschutz Family Foundation supports rural and urban Colorado nonprofit organizations that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self-respect. We encourage endeavors that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive & responsible citizens. We have a special interest in self-sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, children & youth, seniors and the disabled.
    • Grants – 
      • We will begin accepting applications for our Spring 2021 grant cycle in mid-November 2020 (next grant deadline is January 15, 2021).
  • Colorado Health Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (303-953-3600) or (877-225-0839)
    • Description – We believe that health is a basic human right and are bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building.
    • Grants – 
    • Link to Fund Development Roundtable Recording
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Colorado Health Foundation leadership training for health equity is looking for Crowely and Otero counties (contact: email hidden; JavaScript is required). 
  • Daniels Fund
  • El Pomar Foundation
    • Website – 
    • Contact – 
      • Grants Department, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-633-7733)
      • El Pomar SE Regional Council – 
        • Shelby Pauka, Program Associate, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-577-7090)
        • Mercedes McCue, Program Associate, email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-577-7057)
    • Description – El Pomar is a general purpose foundation committed to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado. 
    • Grants – 
      • We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
    • Link to Fund Development Roundtable Recording
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • El Pomar Regional council for the SE – stepping stone to access funding from other El Pomar funding streams.
  • Kenneth King Foundation
      • Website – 
      • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (303-832-3200)
      • Description – Our mission is to create opportunities for Coloradans to reach their fullest potential for self-sufficiency through access to entrepreneurship, employment, grantmaking, basic needs and improved quality of life.
      • Grants –
  • Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Colorado
    • Website –
    • Contact – Tamra Norton, Director of Financial Assistance, email hidden; JavaScript is required
    • Link to Fund Development Roundtable Recording
  • Curated Notes from Padlet on Fund Development
    • Best advice for fund development is to take initiative to make contact – don’t assume funders know who you are. Grantmakers’ jobs are to get to know great nonprofits meeting community need – they want to hear from you and learn about your work. Don’t wait until right before an app is due, reach out to funders between grant cycles! 
    • Have conversations with funders to see what additional funding opportunities they might have, i.e. funds that aren’t cyclical and aren’t restricted.
    • Our local banks have a requirement and responsibility to reinvest money in their communities; projects would be wise to reach out to them.
    • At this moment, there are funds being awarded for organizations to just try to do something, which is a great opportunity to try new things!
    • Reputation and relationships are the foundation for acquiring funds.
    • There are funders out there that would like to fund in SE CO, but they don’t get a lot of applications. Often they are willing to fund projects that don’t 100% fit in their typical “buckets.”
      • Kenneth King Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Anschutz Family Foundation, Daniels Fund, Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation
  • Message from Chantal Unfug
  • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required 
  • With a different hat on, I volunteer with an organization who has secured a $500,000 value donation from Pearson Publishing of college readiness and other books for community college, concurrent or highschool students, to be delivered to rural Colorado.  If you are interested, ping me and we can figure out a delivery.  
  • Here is an example of one of the books- 
  • AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Services
    • Website – 
    • Contact – Megan Carter, email hidden; JavaScript is required
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Programs
        • VISTA: capacity building for organizations through Community Resource Center
          • Nonprofits in the Southeast and Pueblo encouraged to apply! Low-cost way to build staff capacity.
          • CRC has an intermediary VISTA program where nonprofits can apply for a single member to serve at their org
        • State and National: direct services, face-to-face folks, short-term to long-term
          • State commission is Serve Colorado
        • Senior Corps: dollars go to county, county then recruits and manages volunteers
  • Colorado Nonprofit Association
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (303-832-5710)
    • Description – Colorado Nonprofit Association exists to strengthen nonprofits. Every day we educate and inform Colorado nonprofits about new ideas, best practices and pressing public policies so they can achieve greater impact on Colorado communities.
    • Trainings & Events – 
    • Resources – 
      • Upcoming Trainings; Nonprofit Pro Bono Legal Assistance; Principles & Practice; Nonprofit Consultant & Vendor Directory; Research & Publications; Nonprofit Help Desk; Resources by Topic; FAQ
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Subscribe to their email list using the link at bottom of their website.
  • Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-549-3245)
    • Description – The Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs within our region. Our mission is to help existing and new businesses grow and prosper. Our goal at the Small Business Development Center is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations. We provide free guidance and counseling in all aspects of funding and developing small business. We strive to help grow and start businesses. While we cannot eliminate risk, we work to minimize it by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations. Let us help maximize your business potential.
    • Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – 
  • Civic Canopy
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (303-292-3144)
    • Description – The Civic Canopy is a community-based nonprofit organization transforming the way pivotal issues are solved in our society. Our work connects diverse groups of people seeking change in their communities and equips them with tools to create meaningful and lasting impact. The need for individuals, nonprofits, and governmental agencies to work more effectively together has never been greater. The Civic Canopy has initiated conversations and built collaborations among these partners since our founding in 2003.
    • Work & Projects – 
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Reach out to learn about resources.
  • Pueblo City-County Library
  • Lamar Public Library
  • Lamar Community College Classes
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription and Drug Abuse Prevention, Grant Writing Assistance
    • Website – 
    • Description – Senate Bill 19-228 provided funds to the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to assist with grants for prevention, harm reduction intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders. These funds are intended to aid local government and non-profit organizations with grant writing services when applying for funding to address opioid and other substance use disorders in their communities. House Bill 20-1411 extended the program through December 30, 2020.
      • Deadline to apply for assistance is December 11th, 2020
  • American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado
  • Center for Health Progress
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (720-583-1760)
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Working with undocumented and mixed status families to ensure they are connected to resources.
  • Hunger Free Colorado, Colorado Food Pantry Network
    • Website – 
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (720-328-1284)
    • Description – Food pantries, with collective power, will meet the needs of Coloradans struggling with hunger. As part of a united charitable food system, they will be stronger, more efficient and more effective in providing their services to the community.
  • Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
    • Website – 
    • Contact –, (719-296-6995)
    • Location – Pueblo Distribution Center, 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo, CO 81004
      • Hours – Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Description – At Care and Share Food Bank, our core purpose is to bridge the gap between hunger and abundance. Our mission is to provide food, partnering opportunities, and education to fight hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado. Our vision is a hunger-free Southern Colorado.
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Food drives serve 300-400 families a week (East Side and Bessemer food drives); open a pantry every Monday.
  • 5 Loaves Food Pantry
    • Location – 209 East 1st Street, McClave, CO 81057
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-691-8065)
    • Facebook Page – 
    • Description – Our mission is to provide a source of emergency food in a caring and compassionate manner to the McClave/Hasty and surrounding area. Emergency food source pantry. We have distribution scheduled 2x a month. We meet individuals with need when they contact us.
  • Cornerstone Resource Center
    • Location – 310 E Olive St, Lamar, CO 81052
    • Contact – email hidden; JavaScript is required 
    • Notes from Padlet –
      • Based in Lamar and opening the door on October 1st. Location where families and individuals can come and be connected with the resources they need to live their life. Offered resources include counseling, support, groups, parenting, addiction. Goal is to reduce the stigma from walking into the Department of Human Services for help. 
      • Website has not launched yet, will likely be up in the next week or so.
      • Volunteering support through religious organizations.
  • Canyons & Plains
    • Website – 
    • Contact –  email hidden; JavaScript is required, (719-438-2040)
    • Description – Inspired by numerous comments on social media from people who had come to southeastern Colorado and regretted not allowing more time to explore the region, is a website that was created by local writers, photographers and a website designer who believe this part of the state is an undiscovered treasure for people looking for a different—and, perhaps, more authentic—kind of travel experience. Its creation was truly a community effort, funded by support from various local organizations with matching funds from the Colorado Tourism Office.

Crowdsourced Ideas and Advice on Collaboration

  • What makes it work? 
    • Not territorial, all willing to jump in, team work, accountability, relationships
    • Building programming TOGETHER
    • Board development and having people on boards intentionally for specific reasons.
    • Make sure we are not duplicating resources and ensure individuals are receiving all the information they need.

Regional Steering Committee

RPD conference activities are collaboratively coordinated by a Regional Steering Committee comprised of rural nonprofit, government and business leaders, Community Resource Center, the Anschutz Family Foundation and local foundation staff.

Check out what we did during the Southeast 2018 RPD!

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Berkeley, RPD Program Coordinator
303.623.1540 X130 or email hidden; JavaScript is required