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Does Chinook Fund support social service organizations?

Chinook Fund supports social services when linked with activism, when there is a component of social change work within the organization. Please visit read our Funding Criteria for a full discussion of social change organizing. Also check out our current grantees to see what types of groups we typically fund.

What if my group is not based in Colorado?

Chinook Fund supports work rooted in communities in the Colorado area. If your work would fit into Chinook Fund’s social change funding guidelines, but you are located in another area of the United States or Puerto Rico, check out the Funding Exchange grant programs( From this site you can also access links to our Funding Exchange sister funds. Our grantee resources page also lists other funders of social change work.

Can local chapters of national organizations apply?

Yes, when the chapter has a strong base in Colorado area communities, and an autonomous fundraising strategy (is not solely dependent on the national group for funding).

Does Chinook Fund have grant programs for individuals?

No, Chinook Fund supports non-profit organizations. We cannot fund individuals.

How do I know if my organization fits Chinook Fund’s budgetary restrictions?

We look at your current year’s projected budget to see if are a good fit for our funding. If your income total is under $350,000, you are eligible to apply.

What if my organization does not have 501(c)(3) status?

Chinook Fund supports non-profit organizations, including those that do not have 501(c)3 status. Fiscal sponsorship for those organizations without tax-exempt status is recommended. At this time Chinook Fund does not fund organizations with 501(c)4 status.

What if the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday?

If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due on the following Monday. If the deadline falls on a holiday, applications are generally due on the following business day, but call the office at 303.455.6905 to make sure.

How do I submit my application?

Click here to access the online portal.

If you need submit an application offline, or need support in the online application process, please email Jessica at

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