Applications are open to invited organizations that meet the below general criteria within the seven-county Metro Denver area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson). Grants are occasionally awarded to organizations outside of Metro Denver.

  • Programs delivering and improving economic education
  • Programs providing behavioral health services
  • Programs serving children’s health
  • Programs serving youth and families at risk
  • Programs serving inner-city ministries
  • Programs improving the cultural quality of life
Awards will be made in March of each year and must be used within 12 months.

The Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation will invite organizations to apply for funding. Organizations will be notified only if they are invited to apply by July 15, 2021. Online applications will be due by September 1, 2021 at 5 pm MDT. Grants will be made on or before the end of March 2022.                                


Applications are by invitation only and must be submitted online. If invited, you will need to register on The Denver Foundation’s grant application portal before completing your online application.

• Registration takes approximately one business day to process in our system. We strongly urge any organization interested in submitting an online application to complete the registration process no later than August 30, 2021 for the September 1, 2021 deadline.

• If you are limited by technology or unable to use the online system, please call 303.300.1790 and ask to speak to a grants manager. We will work to accommodate your organization.

• Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by March of 2022. If the committee has further questions, they will be in touch with organizations directly.

Application Requirements

On the online application, applicants will be required to

    • A brief overview of the organization’s background,
      mission, and programs
    • A summary of the project to be funded and amount
    • Budget for proposed project (when applicable)
    • Current organizational budget
    • Current list of Board members
    • List of key staff
    • Description of major contributors in past year
    • Most recent 501(c)(3) determination letter


If you received a grant in 2021 from the Rollie R.
Kelley Family Foundation Fund, you will be require to submit a brief update (not to exceed one page) on the work funded by the previous application. Final reports are due in March of 2022.


Please email glaca@denverfoundation.org
with any questions about the process. No phone calls please.