Buell Foundation: Grants for Colorado

OVERVIEW: The Buell Foundation supports early childhood education and development, and teen pregnancy prevention in Colorado.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood education and development, teen pregnancy prevention

IP TAKE: This funder strongly encourages fundraisers to call staff to discuss an idea before submitting anything in writing.

PROFILE: Established in 1962, the Buell Foundation is the foundation of Temple Hoyne Buell, based in Denver, Colorado. Buell was a local civic and business leader who established the largest architectural firm in the Rocky Mountains region. He designed over 300 buildings in Colorado and passed away at the age of 94 in 1990. The Buell Foundation “focuses primarily on the state of Colorado and concentrates its grantmaking on programs that benefit children.” It funds local early education and teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

The Buell Foundation has had various funding interests in past years, but has recommitted itself to the needs of local children and youth. The largest funding priority is programs that support children ages zero through five. Early childhood support includes preschool programs, assessments, behavioral health, capital improvements, literacy, nutrition, home visitation, parenting education and teacher development. Funded teen pregnancy prevention programs emphasize the importance of delaying sex, provide a nonjudgmental learning environment, and are inclusive of cultures, sexual orientation and gender identity. Buell provides program/project support, operating support and technical assistance for both funding areas, as well as capital support for early childhood programs.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its grantee database. Grantmaking focuses on the state of Colorado and rural Colorado in particular. Approximately 65 percent of grants go to groups outside of the Denver metropolitan area. Past local grantees include Ability Connection Colorado, Aurora Mental Health Center, and Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Call a foundation program officer prior to applying for a grant, and then complete the Colorado Common Grant Application Form to submit via mail or hand delivery. The process from proposal submission to board decision takes approximately four months. Grant application deadlines are January 15 and the first business days of both May and September. Direct general questions to the staff at info@buellfoundation.org or 303-744-1688.

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