El Pomar's Funds

The Trustees have invested in communities throughout Colorado since 1937.  In addition to the competitive process, El Pomar oversees several funds, each with a specific focus and mission.

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The competitive grant process remains the primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding.  If you wish to apply for a traditional competitive grant you may apply here.  Throughout the years, as our Trustees have adhered to the wishes of Spencer and Julie Penrose, the Foundation has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds; some funds are open for application while a few are open by invitation only.

You will find the mission, history, and guidelines for El Pomar's additional funds here.


ANNA KEESLING ACKERMAN FUND

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MISSION: Support nonprofit organizations serving the Pikes Peak Region, with a specific focus on organizations working in arts and humanities, education, health, human services, and civic and community initiatives.

HISTORY: The Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund seeks to continue the charitable intent of Mr. Jasper D. Ackerman, who supported numerous charitable organizations and causes throughout the Pikes Peak Region. 

GUIDELINES: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status serving the Pikes Peak Region (El Paso and Teller counties) are eligible to apply for funding. The Ackerman Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar's competitive grant process. Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually in the spring and at the end of the year. 

If funded, applicants must wait three years (36 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 1-800-554-7711 or send us an email.

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FREDA HAMBRICK FUND

MISSION: Support nonprofit organizations that prevent cruelty to animals, provide direct care and medical assistance, and offer educational programs for the proper care of and attention to animals within the state of Colorado.

HISTORY: The Freda Hambrick Fund seeks to continue the charitable intent of Ms. Freda Hambrick, who dedicated much time and energy to support animal welfare organizations and issues throughout Colorado. 

GUIDELINES: Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status that support animal welfare issues in the state of Colorado are eligible to apply for funding.  No dollars received from the Fund may be used for euthanasia. The Hambrick Fund has a separate proposal process and timeline from El Pomar's competitive grant process.  Grant applications are typically reviewed twice annually in the spring and at the end of the year. 

If funded, applicants must wait two years (24 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 1-800-554-7711 or send us an email.

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WILDLAND FIRE FUND

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MISSION: To assist with the immediate emergency needs of volunteer fire fighting agencies and first responders throughout the state of Colorado.

HISTORY: El Pomar's Wildland Fire Fund was created in rapid response to Colorado's devastating wildfire season of 2002. El Pomar led an effort to supply front line volunteer Colorado fire agencies with various supplies, including personal firefighting equipment, radios, hoses, and pumps. By year-end, El Pomar had contributed $1.7 million and raised an additional $300,000 through a community fund raising campaign. Since the Fund's inception, El Pomar has addressed emergency needs for volunteer firefighters and first responders across the state, including during the Black Forest, South Fork, and Lake George fires. Over $4.9 million has been granted to more than 170 volunteer fire organizations. 

GUIDELINES: Volunteer agencies seeking support for personal protection equipment and other emergency needs are eligible to apply for the Fund through El Pomar's competitive grant process. 

If funded, applicants must wait three years (36 months) before submitting a new application.  If declined, applicants must wait one year (12 months) before submitting a new application.

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 1-800-554-7711 or send us an email.  In the event of an emergency please contact the Director of the Wildland Fire Fund by calling 1-800-554-7711.


POSSIBILITIES: SOUTHEAST COLORADO SPRINGS 

VISION: The private, public, and nonprofit sectors together strengthen a sense of community and connectedness in Southeast Colorado Springs. Residents feel safe; families have access to quality education and health care; and the economy thrives from plentiful jobs and job training.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: El Pomar Foundation is pleased to announce El Paso County Public Health as the lead agency in a community-led initiative to strengthen Southeast Colorado Springs. Following a planning process, El Paso County Public Health, on behalf of the RISE (Resilient, Inspired, Strong, and Engaged) coalition, has been awarded a $25,000 planning grant and will be eligible for and additional $350,000 to be granted over a seven year period. Three agencies--The Southeast YMCA, the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce-- will work with El Paso County Public Health to oversee planning committees in three areas--healthy families, healthy community, and healthy economy--respectively.

QUESTIONS: Contact Lori Bellingham at lbellingham@elpomar.org

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REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS COUNCIL GRANTS

MISSION: The Regional Partnerships program is geographically based and combines El Pomar Foundation and local resources to impact and serve the needs of Colorado communities.

HISTORY: In 2003, El Pomar established the Regional Partnerships with the aim of effectively expanding the Foundation's support of rural communities. Today, more than 70 community leaders make up 11 regional councils representing all 64 counties in Colorado. Council members provide firsthand information about the needs in their communities and make grant recommendations to our Trustees based on their local expertise. Since the program's inception, El Pomar has distributed more than $14.8 million on behalf of its Regional Councils.

GUIDELINESThe Regional Councils make grant recommendations to the Trustees with potential for a combined annual impact of more than $2 million throughout Colorado.

Meet the Council Members and learn more... 

 

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DOROTHY FERRAND FUND

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MISSION:  The Ferrand Fund seeks to provide support to organizations making a significant impact on the educational, medical, health care and other needs of low-income children and their parents in the Pikes Peak region.

HISTORY: The Ferrand Fund was established in 2005 to uphold the legacy of Dorothy Ferrand, wife of BROADMOOR Master Chef, George Ferrand. Mrs. Ferrand was known throughout the community for her generosity and commitment to providing opportunities for underprivileged and sick children.  Dorothy Ferrand passed away in 2003, leaving a bequest of $1.1 million to El Pomar Foundation, with the requirement the funds “shall be used solely in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado for the education, medical, health care, dental, housing, and other needs of especially poor children, and their parents.” Since its inception, 45 grants totaling $599,000 have been allocated to organizations upholding this legacy through the Ferrand Fund.

GUIDELINES:  Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status making a significant impact on the educational, medical, health care and other needs of low-income children and their parents in the Pikes Peak region. Must be nominated to apply. 

QUESTIONS: Contact the Grants Office at 1-800-554-7711 or send us an email.


KARL E. EITEL FUND

MISSION: The Karl E. Eitel Fund supports the work of outstanding Colorado nonprofit organizations serving at-risk youth.

HISTORY: The Fund was created in the name of a former El Pomar Trustee, Karl E. Eitel, to honor his compassion for disadvantaged kids.  Karl E. Eitel served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation for 23 years. As an advocate for youth, he believed strongly in supporting organizations contributing to the development of Colorado's young people. In 1998, the Trustees created the Karl E. Eitel Fund as a tribute to his legacy and to enhance El Pomar’s support of youth across Colorado. 

GUIDELINES:  Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax status working with at-risk youth must be nominated by El Pomar Trustees, staff, associates, former grant recipients, and members of Karl E. Eitel’s family. Organizations that receive funding are not eligible for one year following receipt of the grant.

QUESTIONS: Contact Terrell Brown at tbrown@elpomar.org or 719-577-7030.

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