Planting seeds for our future by supporting early childhood endeavors and, separately, preserving our environment.
In 2020, the Sprout Foundation will be dedicating its resources to supporting the successful operation of Headwaters Ecology and Community Centers (doing business as Headwaters Center and Headwaters River Journey, a 501(c)(3) operating foundation in Winter Park, Colorado).
Support of Headwaters Center furthers Sprout Foundation’s dual missions of care for the environment and education/care for our youth.
Due to these requirements, we cannot consider inquiries or grant applications during 2019. For more information on Headwaters Center, please visit https://headwaterscenter.com
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.)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
For organizations invited to apply, we accept applications throughout the year, with funding decisions made on a quarterly 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 email@example.com for our review:
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.
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.
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: