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Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days
Update growing together
In This Issue:
Leadership Team chair
tells of 2012 plans.
October workshop a
Share your news
Pages 4, 5
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Workshop to focus on
advanced grant writing
The next workshop opportunity for area non-profit organizations is
scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9.
―Grant Proposals: The Next Step‖ is designed for individuals who have
already written some grant applications but are looking for ways to make their
proposals stand out. Specific components of the workshop will include tips for
writing a successful application, how to write a pre-application letter, searching
for federal grants, reading a request for proposals (RFP) and specifics on putting
together federal grant applications, including a section on the budget and budget
The workshops will be taught by Teri Erickson, Director of Resource
Development at Otero Junior College, who has written over $20 million in
successful grant proposals and who has trained hundreds of individuals in grant
The workshop will be offered twice, in two separate locations. On Feb.
8, the workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Kiowa County at the Senior
Citizens Center, 1300 Main Street, Eads (next door to the Plains Theater). On
Feb. 9, the workshop will be offered from 1-4 p.m. in Huerfano County at the
Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Ave., Walsenburg. The content of each
workshop will be the same, with
locations chosen to accommodate
individuals living throughout the
eight-county Southeast RPD
The cost to attend each
workshop is $30 if registered
before Feb. 1 and $40 after Feb.
1. Those planning to attend are
asked to e-mail their name, e-mail
address and phone number to
[email protected]c.edu to secure
their space. Payment may be sent
to: Teri Erickson, Otero Junior
College, 1802 Colorado Ave., La
Junta, CO 81050. Please make
checks payable to Trinidad State
At a Glance
Grant Proposals: The Next Step
Feb. 8 and 9, 2012
Kiowa County (Feb. 8)
Huerfano County (Feb. 9)
$30 before Feb. 1; $40 after Feb. 1
To register or for more information:
Call Teri Erickson at (719) 384-6962
e-mail [email protected]
Upcoming Grant Deadlines Below is a list of some of the upcoming grant application deadlines for Colorado foundations.
Feb. 15 – Colorado Health Foundation
March 1 – Adolph Coors Foundation
March 1 – Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
March 9 – Caring for Colorado
March 25 – Animal Assistance Foundation
April 1 – Gates Family Foundation
April 30 – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
April 30 – Herbert E. Parker Charitable Trust
More information on these funders can be found in the Colorado Grants Guide, available at many local
libraries. Always contact a funder before applying to ensure their giving guidelines and grant deadlines have
Southeast RPD going strong
In many ways, it’s hard to believe that the 2010 Southeast RPD event was held more than a year ago.
While that event is over, attendees have discovered over the last year that the region’s involvement with
capacity building did not end with our fantastic event.
Soon after RPD, a Leadership Team was formed to help determine the types of educational activities
that would continue until our region is able to host our next Philanthropy Days, in 2014. This group has been
busy assessing need, bringing in speakers and working with non-profits to continue trainings. 2011 was very
successful. Our newsletter was printed quarterly and included information on upcoming trainings, grant
deadlines and, most importantly, shared news from non-profit organizations in our eight counties. We also
hosted workshops on grant writing, budgeting and fundraising.
The Leadership Team is excited for 2012 as well and already has plans to bring in additional trainings
to our region. Our plan is to hold these throughout the region to ensure access to everyone. Our first
workshops are planned for Feb. 8 and 9 and will focus on advanced grant writing (see article on page 1). We
are also planning workshops in conjunction with the Community Resource Center later in the year, with
topics on marketing and grant management.
We are looking forward to the coming year and hope you will join us for our activities so we can all
work together to strengthen Southeast Colorado’s non-profit organizations.
Southeast Leadership Team Chair
Southeast RPD is on Facebook! Want more ways to stay connected to Southeast RPD? Visit our new Facebook page and be sure
to ―like‖ us. Connect to our new page under Southeast Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days.
Share Your News!
Did your non-profit organization just complete a big project or get an important grant? Do you have
a new employee or other exciting news? We’d like to share your success stories with other attendees of
Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days in our quarterly newsletter. Information and photos, when applicable,
should be submitted to Teri Erickson at [email protected]
Please include your contact name and phone number in case follow-up is required. Items will run in
future issues of this newsletter on a space-available basis. The newsletter is printed quarterly. Issues and
their deadlines are:
January issue — Jan. 10 deadline
April issue — April 10 deadline
July issue — July 10 deadline
October issue — Oct. 10 deadline
Region hosts workshops on
budgeting, fund raising
Representatives of several southeastern Colorado non-profit organizations
gathered at Otero Junior College in La Junta in October to participate in a full day of
workshops designed to assist the
organizations with better operational
In the morning, Jennie Miller
of Energy Outreach Colorado
presented a session on budgeting that
allowed attendees to learn more
about the process of general
budgeting for a non-profit, as well as
to garner some understanding of how
to budget for a specific project.
In the afternoon, Johnnie DeLeon and Kristina
Lofing from Otero County non-profit InspirationField
shared their insights on fund raising, including some unique
ideas for bringing in extra funding and tips on how to run a
Both workshops were part of a series of capacity-
building activities offered within the southeast region by the
Leadership Team. Additional workshops are planned for
2012. Information on topics, dates and presenters will be
made available through this newsletter, separate e-mails and
on Facebook. For more information, or to suggest topics for
future workshops, please contact Regional Manager Teri
Erickson at [email protected] or (719) 384-6962.
Workshop attendees learn about budgeting
Recent grant awards
Below is a list of recent grant awards made in the region.
Kountry Kids Learning Center, $20,000 from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation for childcare assistance
to low-income families and for general operating support.
Bent County HealthCare Rehabilitation Center, $44,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation to support a
new wellness center.
Prairie View Village, $2,500 from the Quick Foundation for the second annual ―Me and My Shadow‖
intergenerational event between pre-teen youth and elders.
Bent County HealthCare Center, $75,000 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment Hospital Preparedness to install a new emergency generator.
Koshare Indian Museum, Inc., $10,000 from the El Pomar Foundation to support the Koshare Indian
Dancers program; $7,500 from the Anschutz Family Foundation for general operating support; and $750
from the Fox Family Foundation to purchase a new hatch cover for the roof. The hatch cover is used to
protect the dancers who use the roof to enter and exit the Kiva during winter shows.
Crowley County and Canyons a