Grants

The City of Aspen’s Grant Program supports non-profit organizations that promote a mentally and physically healthy community; provide protection for our natural environment; and create opportunities for connections for all community members, through partnerships, ease of access, stewardship, arts and cultural enrichment, and innovation.

Since 2011, the City of Aspen has contributed more than $14 million in grant funding to our local non-profits in recognition of the vital role they play in our community.  

The 2023 grant application window is open! Click on the below link to register for an account and start your application today.

Click here to apply for a grant

Grant Cycle Opens: November 10, 2022

Grant Cycle Closes: January 5, 2023 at 5:00PM

To make sure you stay up to date with the latest announcements, please reach out to grants@aspen.gov and request to be added to our mailing list.  

In-person and virtual trainings for the grants program are available to all interested applicants. 

Watch the recorded training from November 11, 2022.

Additional dates and times will be announced soon. Please email us to RSVP and for more details. 

2023 Grant Reference Materials

2023 Practice Applications

These applications are provided for reference only and will not be accepted for review. Final applications will be available to submit via online portal once the grant application window opens.

In-Kind requests must now be submitted via a separate, stand-alone application. Organizations planning to request both cash and in-kind resources will need to submit two applications. 

Grant Lifecycle Overview

COA Grant Application Lifecycle

Guidelines & Criteria Posted

  • All information that applicants need is made available prior to the opening of the application window. This includes copies of the application, changes to review criteria, financial guidelines, and other pertinent instructions. City staff hosts a training and Q&A session during this time.

Application Window Opens

  • Applications are eligible for submittal. City staff is available to clarify application requirements throughout the open window.

Applications Submitted

  • Application windows closes. Late applications are not accepted.

Staff Eligibility Review

  • City staff performs a review of organizational financial information, ensuring that participating organizations are eligible to receive grant funding.

Grant Committee Review

  • Grant review committee members evaluate all applications and score each application based on objective criteria. Committee member requests for clarity are facilitated through City staff.

Steering Committee Evaluation

  • The grants steering committee aggregates review committee member scores and uses this score to generate initial funding recommendations.

City Council Finalizes Awards

  • City Council reviews these funding recommendations and finalize award amounts.

Grantee Notification

  • Grantees are notified of award decisions. If receiving an award, grantee works with City staff to complete necessary paperwork. 
  • After notification, any applicant may ask for a summary of the grant review and/or steering committee comments on their application or ask for clarification regarding the decision. In such instances, the City grants representative must be contacted in writing no later than 30 days after the final notification.

Awards Issued

  • Funding is disbursed to all selected grantees.

Funding History

Find information on the grant funding history.

2022 Grant Funding Awards

New Arts & Culture Grant Divisions

The City of Aspen is excited to launch two new grant divisions in the Spring of 2023. The Aspen Artist Fellowship division will support individual artists living and working in Aspen and the Asset and Acquisition Assistance division will support Aspen's arts & culture institutions to help ensure their facilities and materials are as effective and impactful as possible. More information will be available soon .

More Information

If you have questions, or need further information, please contact Natalie Blumentritt at  970-309-5631 or  grants@aspen.gov .  

Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund Grants

To access information on Pitkin County’s grants program, please click here.


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