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 $13 million in grant funding to our local non-profits in recognition of the vital role they play in our community.  

Applications for 2023 City of Aspen grants will open in November 2022. More information will be announced soon. To make sure you stay up to date with the latest announcements, please reach out to grants@cityofaspen.com  and request to be added to our mailing list.  

2022 Grants Awarded

In April, Aspen's City Council approved the distribution of $1,455,832 to 95 local nonprofits that provide essential support to the community. This amount includes an additional allocation of $200,000 made available through the City’s Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) collections to enhance funding for the Arts and Culture grants category. 

For more information, please read the news release.

Grant Reference Materials

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

More Information

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

Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund Grants

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


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