Committed to supporting Colorado's youth and families.


AJL Foundation invests in people, programs and movements that benefit Colorado's youth and families. With some exceptions, AJL primarily supports activities and organizations that work in education and human services. AJL may support organizations or programs outside of these areas on a case-by-case basis. AJL is currently evaluating our grantmaking process and priority areas and will finalize this process by the end of 2019. Please check back for updates.







AJL makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service. AJL does not make grants for research projects or give support to conferences, seminars, media events, or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program. AJL does not provide support for the production and development of television and radio programming or individual scholarships. AJL considers applications from organizations with organizational budgets under $5 million.


AJL Foundation requires that grantseeking organizations follow this process:

  • A Letter of Inquiry is required if either of the following apply to your organization:

    • You are applying for a grant for the first time from AJL Foundation.

    • You have applied for and/or received grant funds previously from AJL Foundation, but you are applying for a grant for a project that is different from your past projects and are not sure if it fits within our mission or grantmaking guidelines.

  • We will notify you if you are being invited to the next level of consideration.

  • Applicants who are invited to submit a proposal must submit a timely and complete proposal.






​The first step in applying to AJL is a short letter of inquiry. Letters may be submitted at any time during the year. Letters of inquiry should be one to three pages long, and should include the following:

  • A brief statement of the issues to be addressed, the history and goals of your organization, and your organization's involvement with these issues

  • A brief summary of the activities or the organization for which you are requesting support, including an outline of your objectives, and anticipated outcomes and implications

  • The approximate starting date and duration that the funding will cover

  • The total amount of funding needed, the amount requested from the Foundation, and information about other sources of support, both assured and requested contact information and EIN for the organization

​Please send letters of inquiry to Dianne Myles, Grants Manager, at

All letters are first reviewed to determine if they fall within AJL's program guidelines. Those that do not are declined. Letters that are within the guidelines are then reviewed to determine the following:

  • The priority of the proposed activity within AJL's goals

  • The impact of the likely results of the program or project

We will acknowledge the receipt of all letters of inquiry. If you do not receive a response to your letter of inquiry within a month after sending your letter, feel free to contact AJL. Some applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal; those that are not invited will also be notified.






Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. Because AJL requests more proposals than it can fund, please do not interpret such a request as an indication of likely support.

Download the grant application to fill out and send a digital copy to Dianne Myles, Grants Manager, To be considered, the proposal must be complete, including all attachments, by the deadline noted below.

AJL may request additional information in writing from applicants. We might also consult with persons knowledgeable about the proposed programs and services and we welcome your suggestions as to who might be qualified to assist us in our review of your proposal. Finally, as part of our review, we may request to meet with applicants.

Completed applications will be discussed at a scheduled board meeting. Applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision to approve or deny a grant within two weeks following the board meeting. If a grant is awarded, you will be asked to sign a Grant Agreement that lays out reporting and other requirements.

AJL’s annual calendar follows. Please note that we accept letters of inquiry throughout the year and we strongly encourage applicants to send letters of inquiry well in advance of application deadlines. Otherwise, although we will issue invitations as promptly as we can, you may find you don’t have sufficient time to complete the full proposal.






Dates are subject to change. AJL Foundation conducts two grantmaking cycles and the schedule for each is below. Please note, if your organization applies and receives a grant for Cycle 1, do not apply for Cycle 2.


  • Letters of inquiry are accepted year round

  • Invitations to submit applications will be distributed by this date: 2/8

  • Completed proposals due by 3/22

  • Applicants notified of Board decisions by 5/10

  • Signed grant agreements due by 5/24

  • Grant funds distributed by 6/14

  • Grant funds must be deposited by 6/28

  • Evaluations due by 6/30 (the following year)


  • Letters of inquiry are accepted year round

  • Invitations to submit applications will be distributed by this date: 7/26

  • Completed proposals due by 9/27

  • Applicants notified of Board decisions by 11/8

  • Signed grant agreements due by 11/22

  • Grant funds distributed by 12/13

  • Grant funds must be deposited by 12/31

  • Evaluations due by 12/31 (the following year)







Please send letters of inquiry/applications to Dianne Myles, Grants Manager at

Application Procedure
Letters of Inquiry