The Sprout Foundation

The Sprout Foundation

1500 Wynkoop Street Suite 200 · Denver, CO 80202 · info@sprout-foundation.org

Planting seeds for our future by supporting early childhood endeavors and, separately, preserving our environment.


Our Mission

The Sprout Foundation continues to support our two original concerns—children and the environment—but our mission has been refined to focus on early childhood programs or preserving the environment. (If you are in Grand County, please click on the Grand County link, as our support is slightly broader.)

  • Early childhood programs that support academic readiness and/or promote healthy development and optimum mental health, and that demonstrate measurable outcomes
  • Hands-on environmental programs or projects that impact our local environment directly (or more remotely, such as those that impact our water supply or the air we breathe)

Learn more about our funding priorities or see a sample of representative grants. Please note: the Sprout Foundation is not affiliated with the grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Markets or related foundations.


Our Funding Priorities

Our Funding Priorities

The Sprout Foundation looks for the following traits in organizations considered for our support

  • High-touch programming that delivers measurable outcomes
  • Sound strategic planning and financial practices, such as a diverse funding stream and approximately 9-12 months of reserve funds
  • A strong management team and varied board
  • Collaboration with other established organizations to maximize impact and reduce duplication of services
  • Ideally, early childhood programming would support parents and caregivers as well as their children, i.e., parenting support in addition to support for children
  • Early childhood programs that reach underserved, at-risk children (if you are in Grand County, please click on the Grand County link, as the programming we support will be slightly broader)
  • A budget that goes toward programming, keeping administration costs to a minimum
  • Environmental programs that deliver tangible improvements in our environment
The following are examples of programs/areas not supported by the Sprout Foundation, to help you determine whether your organization could be a possible fit:
  • Stand-alone food, medical-oriented, mentoring, clothing/book/school supplies programs; they must be tied to a broader program that contributes to measurable outcomes
  • Respite services
  • Farming programs
  • Recycling services
  • Scholarships
  • After-school or preschool programs not tied directly to academic outcomes
  • Start-up funding
  • Advocacy, legal, or adoption programs
  • Church-related, religious, or political programs
  • Fundraising events or sponsorships
  • Sports programs

A Sample of Past Grants

A Sample of Past Grants

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado

Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
Denver, CO

For pregnant teens or teen mothers, it’s often challenging or impossible to complete high school. The Sprout Foundation provided a grant to Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado to help teen mothers complete their education and become more skilled at parenting. While the mothers attend Florence Crittenton, they get class credits required to graduate from high school and their young children are cared for and given the support they need in an early childhood center located conveniently near the school and other services for pregnant or parenting teen mothers.

Invest in Kids

Invest in Kids
Denver, CO

The mental, social, and emotional health of our children is critical. Invest in Kids offers the Incredible Years (IY) research-based prevention program to low-income children, their parents, and preschool and kindergarten teachers. IY teaches kids how to solve problems, control their anger, and self-monitor their emotions; it teaches parents skills known to promote children’s social competence and reduce behavior problems; and it teaches educators how to connect to children with challenging behaviors and how to help those children control their behaviors.

Little Sprouts Learning Center of Grand County

Little Sprouts Learning Center of Grand County
Via the Grand Foundation; Granby, CO

Little Sprouts Learning Center has responded to parent and community needs by providing a safe, developmentally appropriate learning environment for infant-through-preschool age children. The Sprout Foundation has supported this learning center because of the county’s pressing need for infant care, as well as the community’s growing demand for toddler and preschooler programming.

Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited
Denver, CO

The Sprout Foundation funded a scientific study of the impact of water diversions on the Fraser River and upper Colorado River through a restricted grant to Trout Unlimited.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Denver, CO

Flood restoration, planting seeds, and invasive weed removal are some of the ways Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado helps restore our environment through the support of many local volunteers. The Sprout Foundation supported this organization’s hands-on Youth and Family Stewardship programs with a grant, to directly involve children in impactful activities that protect our environment.


Our Invitation and Application Process

Our Invitation and Application Process

If you have already received an invitation to apply

For organizations invited to apply, we accept applications throughout the year, with funding decisions made on a quarterly basis.

  1. Click here to download our application form.
  2. Fill out the grant application form completely.
  3. Click here to submit your application.

If you have not received an invitation to apply

Thank you for your interest in a grant from the Sprout Foundation. We currently accept applications on an invitation-only basis.

If you have not already received an invitation to submit an application and feel your organization could be a fit for funding after reading about our mission, the traits we look for in organizations, and the types of programs or projects we do not support, please submit the following information to grantrequest@sprout-foundation.org for our review:

  1. A link to your website
  2. A brief summary of your organization’s mission and the program or project you want funded, and a description of measurable outcomes
  3. Your contact information

Please note: We will review all submitted information carefully. We will reach out to you with an invitation within 120 days if your organization, goals, impact, and programming are determined to be a fit with the Sprout Foundation’s goals. In some instances, we may contact you if clarification is needed.


Our Grand County Investment

Our Grand County Investment

Planting seeds for our future

by supporting the well-being of children and, separately, preserving our environment

Since 2005, the Sprout Foundation has supported non-profit organizations that share our passion for preserving the environment and promoting the healthy development and well-being of children. The Sprout Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private family foundation that serves both the Denver Metro Area and Grand County. We award grants quarterly, on an invitation-only basis, for both capital and operational needs.

Grand County Mission

The Sprout Foundation continues to support our two original concerns—children and the environment—and in Grand County, we fund a broader range of programs than we do in the Denver Metro Area. In addition to considering child-related programs that support children from early childhood through their secondary school years, and environmental programming that directly impacts the health of our environment, we will consider supporting local organizations outside of these two focus areas (see below).

We have refined our granting process to maximize our impact, better communicate our goals to possible grantees, and ensure our team spends as much time as possible on mission-focused grantee opportunities. With this in mind, the Sprout Foundation will consider funding 501(c)(3) organizations serving Grand County and offering:

  • Child-focused programs that support academic readiness and performance in school and/or promote healthy development and optimum mental health, and that demonstrate measurable outcomes; child-focused programs such as childcare or health/safety- and education-related services
  • Hands-on environmental programs or projects that impact our local environment directly (or more remotely, such as those that impact our water supply or the air we breathe)
  • Recreational, cultural, and other programs that meet a need or enrich our community on a broad level

Keeping the above Grand County-specific information in mind, learn more about our overall funding priorities and see a sample of representative grants.


Our Contact Information

Please submit questions or your organization’s information after reviewing our website. Our funding priorities are available here, and you can review our grant invitation process here.

Email: info@sprout-foundation.org
Address:
The Sprout Foundation
1500 Wynkoop Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202