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Grants Overview

2024 Spring Grant Cycle Important Dates
Application Cycle Opens: February 2, 2024
Deadline to Apply: March 28, 2024

Application Overview

  • Read through the Important Notes page carefully

  • Submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and discuss your proposal with the Executive Director to ensure it will be considered by the DEF Grants Committee.

  • Prepare your budget and include quotes - these will be the only attachment(s) you will need to upload

  • Prepare & submit your application through our automated system. Be prepared to fill out the application at one time, as there is no option to save one’s work and continue later. 

  • If granted, contact DEF at (970) 385-1491 or to schedule a school visit with a DEF representative to view your grant in action

  • Submit your Post-Grant Evaluation after implementation, if your grant is funded.  Don’t forget to take photographs – obtain permission to photograph students before submitting them to DEF!!

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry

A brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is required prior to completing a full grant application. Yes, you may apply for more than one grant. Submit your LOI as early as possible to allow for sufficient time to be reviewed. LOIs can be submitted at any time. The DEF Executive Director will contact you after your LOI has been reviewed. If your proposal appears to be a good match, you will be invited to submit a full grant application. 

Step 2: Apply

*Please Note: You will not be able to save the application to submit at a later time. We advise that you write your narrative in a word processor to copy/paste and save all appropriate documents to have on hand when you are ready to submit. 

Step 3: Post-Grant Evaluation

A post-grant evaluation is required for all awarded grants. The post-grant evaluation allows DEF to assess the quality and/or impact of funded grants. The evaluation should be submitted 6 months after implementation, but extensions may be requested by contacting DEF to allow for meaningful results. The evaluation must be received prior to making a new grant request to be considered for subsequent funding, or within 6 months of receiving the grant, whichever comes first.

Spring Evaluation Deadline: Monday before 9-R Spring Break 

Fall Evaluation Deadline: Monday before 9-R Thanksgiving Break 


Need Help or Have Questions? 

Contact Wendy Allsbrook Javier, Executive Director at (970) 769-7600 or by email at for questions pertaining to the DEF Grant Application. 

Contact 9-R Grant Coordinator in the 9-R Finance Department at (970) 946-5411 ext. 1416 for help with the overall budget and vendor information. 

Have trouble completing the online application? 

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