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(www.fex.org). 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 an organization’s previous year’s actual expenses to determine its fit with our budgetary guidelines. Most of our funding programs are for organizations with budgets under $350,000. If your organization’s planned budget for the current fiscal year is $360,000, but your last fiscal year’s actual expenses were $348,500, you would fit.

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 but not required. An organizational bank account is required for those groups not using a fiscal sponsor.

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.

Can I send my application through regular mail?

Yes, however you should make sure that your application is postmarked by the due date. If you plan on mailing your application on the due date, we suggest that you take it in to the post office to make sure that it’s postmarked with the correct date.

How do I submit my application?

You may submit your application one of three ways:

1)      Fill out a pdf of our application (or word document) and email it with all necessary attachments indicated on the cover page to office@chinookfund.org by 5pm on the grant deadline.

2)      Download and fill out the word document version of our application [link] and mail it to our office at the address below ensuring that the packet is postmarked by 5pm on the grant deadline.

3)      Come into the office and request a paper copy of the application and turn it into our office in person by 5pm on the grant deadline.