Grant Programs & Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in submitting a proposal to the Brett Family Foundation.  As you can imagine, the Foundation receives more requests than we are able to fund.  Please carefully read the information presented below to determine whether your organization is well-aligned with our funding priorities.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 303-442-1200.

Recognizing that organizational infrastructure is critical to success, the Brett Family Foundation welcomes requests for general operating support.  In addition, we consider requests for specific program support, technical assistance, capital campaigns, and endowment development.

Funding Priorities

The Foundation awards grants in three program areas.
For information on how to apply, please see the program pages below:

Social Justice (Statewide): We support organizations throughout the state of Colorado working to address the root causes of social, economic, gender and racial inequities through strategies that empower affected communities to engage in the democratic process and advance progressive policy solutions.    For more information on this program and how to apply, click here: Social Justice Program

Media Grantmaking:  We focus on nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado promoting public interest journalism, news literacy, and engaging communities in civic life.  For more information on this program and how to apply, click here: Media Grantmaking Program

Direct Services (Boulder County): We fund Boulder County nonprofits that provide direct services and support to traditionally marginalized and at-risk youth ages 12-18.  For more information on this program, click here: Direct Services Program
Note: Beginning in 2013, the Foundation will accept applications by invitation only. 

Grant Size

Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. Multi-year grants are considered for organizations with which the Foundation has a past funding relationship. Please note that after funding any direct service organization for three consecutive years, we will consider a new application only after a two-year break.


Generally, we do not support:

  • Grants to individuals
  • Programs outside Colorado
  • Religious organizations
  • Candidates for political office
  • Individual public or private schools (k-12, graduate, post-graduate)
  • Large public charities