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Challenge Component

The majority of Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado grants contain a challenge component. We believe that a matching challenge can help nonprofits diversify their base of funding and introduce the organization to a wider array of donors.

For every dollar an organization raises up to an agreed amount, the Gay & Lesbian Fund matches that dollar. We only match new and increased donations made in response to the challenge component.

If offered a grant with a challenge component, we encourage you to use the various tools found on these pages to make the most of your grant.

What is a Challenge component?

Challenge components are capacity-building options intended to provide a nonprofit organization with a unique tool to leverage new and increased donations from current donors, and from potential new donors.

Goals of the Challenge component

A nonprofit organization’s long-term sustainability is dependent upon the ability to engage and cultivate an active and diverse support base.  We want you to use the challenge component to encourage and energize donors.

The challenge component is a tool to help your organization’s staff and leadership mobilize additional donor resources to help build long-term sustainability.

How does it work?

Potential grantees are required to apply for a grant from the Gay & Lesbian Fund.

Once the grant is formally approved, grantees can begin raising money toward the challenge in accordance with the terms of the 12-month grant contract.

For every dollar an organization raises up to an agreed amount, the Gay & Lesbian Fund matches that dollar. We only match new and increased donations made in response to this matching challenge. We do not match dollars that have already been pledged, nor do we match contributions already received prior to the beginning of the grant term.

If you have questions, please review the resources on this page, including the Challenge Grant Toolkit, or contact us at

Welcome to the website for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado

We’d like to update you on some important news.

In 2012, we announced we would take a break from all new Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado grantmaking to undergo a strategic reevaluation. As of December 2012, we are nearing the end of this reevaluation period and a focused branding evaluation.

Due to exciting changes in the fund’s grant program areas, the content available on this website is now outdated. We will be closing this website and incorporating Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado updates into the Gill Foundation’s website by April 2014.

Going forward, the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado will now encompass all previously-existing Colorado programs and grants of the Gill Foundation, as well as a new program area in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.* The foundation’s six Colorado program areas that will be known as Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado grants are:

Five previously existing and well-defined grant program areas of Gill Foundation:

  • Colorado safe and inclusive schools that prevent bullying and harassment
  • Colorado progressive civic engagement and communications grants
  • Colorado public broadcasting grants
  • Colorado HIV services
  • Colorado lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) services and advocacy

One new grant program area:

  • Colorado science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education

* Our new STEM strategy will be refined over the course of the next 18 months.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be accepting any unsolicited letters of interest or grant applications.

We are excited for this next chapter with the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado and believe that we can have an even greater impact in building a better Colorado together. Please check the Gill Foundation’s website in late 2013 for any grantmaking updates: