Denver Post Charities Season to Share



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 access services to 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 four funding areas. Programs must demonstrate evidence of impact through measurable client outcomes.  Read the foundation’s Program Evaluation Guide.

Letter of Inquiry

  • The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process is currently closed for the 2015 grant cycle.

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 include:

  • Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
  • Public or private schools
  • Government agencies
  • Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grantmaking strategies

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 and track student performance in one of four key transition points: (1) third grade reading proficiency; (2) successful transition from middle to high school, (3) successful academic achievement leading to high school graduation; or (4) successful transition from high school to college/university (college persistence and graduation). Eligible programs will track GPA growth, increased school attendance, standardized test score gains, and access to services addressing academic and/or non-cognitive challenges.

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/or 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 a selective number of 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 impact 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. Food bank affiliates of Feeding America are eligible for funding consideration.

If you have any grantmaking questions, please contact:

David Pesqueira, 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

Robert R. McCormick Foundation
205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312 445 5000
Fax: 312 445 5001