Denver Post Charities Season to Share



Guidelines for Funding Consideration
The Denver Post Season to Share is a McCormick Foundation Fund which 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 once per year to programs that meet criteria in one of four funding areas (please see below for further information on funding areas). Programs must demonstrate evidence of impact through measurable client outcomes.  Read the foundation’s Program Evaluation Guide.

Letter of Inquiry

Grant Application Process for 2017 Grants

  • If your agency received a grant in 2016, the McCormick Foundation will automatically transmit a 2017 grant application to your agency, in December (unless otherwise notified). For returning grantees, a Letter of Inquiry is not required if you are applying for the same program.
  • If your agency received a transition grant in 2016 or earlier, the agency's program is ineligible for future funding consideration.

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

Funding Area and Grantmaking Strategies 

Child/Youth Education: This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in one of four transition stages that serve academically underperforming children and youth.  Priority is given to programs that track student performance outcomes.  The stages includes: (1) K-3rd Grade Reading Proficiency. Required outcomes include demonstrated reading grade level scores on a standardized literacy assessment pre/post test. (2) Middle-to-High School Transition. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvements in middle school core course performance, increase in school attendance, successful transition to high school, demonstrated 9th grade "on-track" status (C or better letter grade in core courses); (3) Postsecondary Access. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvement in high school core course performance (GPA tracking), attendance, comprehensive college preparation services, and high school graduation and college enrollment rates. (4) Postsecondary Persistence. Required outcomes include college matriculation, access to academic and non-cognitive support services and completion.

Health and Wellness: In this funding area, priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health care services to low income residents in underserved communities:  (1) Community Health Centers (preferably for those with an FQHC designation), in addition to some mobile health clinics; (2) K-12 School-based Health Centers; and (3) Agencies operating childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs. Only eligible programs reporting client outcomes will receive funding consideration.

Homelessness: This funding area supports prevention services 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: There are two categories in this funding area: (1) Food Banks (current members of Feeding America), and (2) Broad Initiatives (community- or city-wide).  Funding priority is given to established providers with large-scale programs or initiatives that effectively track the impact of hunger alleviation strategies targeting specific geographic areas where severe gaps for and access to nutritional services exist, and/or that address the nutritional needs of specific groups (i.e. children, families, seniors, the infirmed). Required outcome data includes: increased access to healthy foods from one year to the next; increased participation rates from one year to the next in federal nutrition programs (i.e., SNAP, school breakfast, after school and summer nutrition);  and, reduced usage of hunger-relief services for case-managed clients.  Nonprofit agencies operating stand-alone, hunger-relief programs such as food pantries are ineligible for support.

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