Guidelines for Funding Consideration
Season To Share is a campaign of Denver Post Charities (DPC), a McCormick Foundation Fund. As part of the McCormick Foundation’s focused grantmaking strategies, DPC supports eligible organizations and programs that help low-income children, youth and families overcome obstacles impeding progress out of poverty and towards stabilization and self-sufficiency.
Funding consideration is given to programs that meet criteria in one of five funding areas. Programs must demonstrate evidence of impact through measurable client outcomes. Read the foundation’s Program Evaluation Guide.
Letter of Inquiry
- The electronic letter of inquiry process (LOI) for 2014 will open on 8/15/2014 and close on 9/15/2014. First-time grant seeking agencies with programs that meet overall eligibility criteria should return to this website on 8/15/2014 to begin the LOI process.
Grant Application Process for 2015 Grants
- If your agency received a grant in 2014, the McCormick Foundation will automatically transmit a 2015 grant application to your agency in early November (unless otherwise notified).
- If your agency received a transition grant in 2014 or earlier, the agency's program is ineligible for future funding consideration.
General Application Requirements
Eligible organizations/programs will:
- Have 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status
- Demonstrate one full year of program services and outcomes
- Demonstrate a strong financial position
- Serve residents of the Denver metropolitan area (restricted to Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties)
- Report strong measurable outcomes and meet grantmaking criteria in one funding area
Ineligible funding requests:
- Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
- Public or private schools
- Government agencies
- Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grantmaking strategies
Child/Youth Education: This giving area supports academically underperforming children and youth as they matriculate through challenging phases of the K-12 education continuum. Priority is given to established 501(c)3 agency-based programs that comprehensively address one of three key transition points: (1) third grade reading proficiency; (2) successful transition from middle to high school or (3) successful transition from high school to college/university. Eligible programs will track GPA growth, increased school attendance and standardized test score gains.
Health and Wellness: In this funding area priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health services to residents in low income communities: (1) Community Health Access (for only FQHC designated community based health centers, in addition to some mobile health clinics); (2) K-12 School-based Health Access; and (3) 501(c)3 agencies operating Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment programs.
Homelessness: This funding area supports prevention and/or long-term housing strategies with multiple wrap-around services for individuals and families. Eligible programs include: (1) homelessness prevention programs that provide short-term financial support (i.e. rent, utilities, mortgage) to maintain current housing; and (2) supportive and transitional housing (six months or more) programs that effectively demonstrate impact by tracking clients who transition into and maintain more permanent and/or stable housing.
Hunger: This funding area supports large-scale programs that implement and track the impact of hunger alleviation strategies targeting specific geographic areas where gaps for nutritional services exist, or that address the nutritional needs of specific groups (i.e. children, families, seniors, the infirmed). Required outcome data includes: (1) increased access to healthy, nutritious foods (2) reduced rates of hunger services for case-managed clients, and/or (3) increased participation in federal nutrition programs (SNAP, school breakfast, after school and summer nutrition). Hunger relief programs such as food pantries operated by single 501(c)3 agencies are ineligible for support.
Adult Literacy: Priority is given to one of three community-based programs serving the needs of low level learners: (1) beginning literacy (2) pre-bridge and (3) bridge programs. Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs must demonstrate evidence of a modified (workforce-enhanced) curriculum with academic support, and career, social and transitional services that help low income learners raise their English proficiency and reading grade levels to meet eligibility requirements for, and enrollment in, more advanced literacy programs, certificate-bearing workforce training programs, high school equivalency GED classes, and/or credit-bearing post-secondary education programs.
If you have any grantmaking questions, please contact:
, Senior Program Officer, 312.445.5052 If you have any administrative or process questions, please contact:Jan Miller
, Administrative Officer, 312.445.5040
McCormick Foundation, Communities Program