Guidelines & Application

Beginning September 1, 2022, the following changes regarding Buell Foundation funding have been implemented:

  • Applications for child care centers that serve fewer than 15% enrollment of low-income families will no longer be considered. THBF definitions for low-income by county can be found here.
  • Applications for organizations that have operating reserves greater than nine months will no longer be considered. Operating reserves are generally calculated by dividing net current assets into annual operating budget.
  • Given budgetary restrictions following recent changes, we anticipate a more competitive selection process for capital applications.

The Buell Foundation will accept applications online for the January 17, 2023 deadline. Applications will be accepted beginning in mid-November 2022.

Organizations may register in the online system here. Once your account is created, you will be able to complete your application.

We offer a variety of resources to help navigate the new online application:

Click here for the online application help guide.

Click here to view a webinar for an overview of the online application.


Virtual Office Hours for Online Application Help

The Foundation will host Zoom office hours between November and December to answer questions about submitting your application in the new system. These office hours are open to all grantees for questions related to using the online application system, including how to create an account, start an application, upload files, etc. Check this website in November for dates and times.


All requests of the Buell Foundation must be consistent with our mission and guidelines.  We anticipate the number of proposals received and dollars requested will exceed our available resources.  We thank grant seekers in advance for the work put into the proposals. We learn from each one, regardless of our ability to fund.

The Buell grant application continues to be representative of the Colorado Common Grant Application, but also includes new questions that have been asked through alternative methods in the past (such as the child care worksheet or interim report). Please visit the links below to preview the application, including a complete list of information needed to complete your application.

Capital Grant Application

Licensed Child Care Center Application

General Operating and Programs Application

Required Application Attachments

Please contact your Program Officer or if you are unable to submit your application online. 

  • Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.
  • Applications for school-year-only programs will not be accepted for the May deadline. As part of our review process, we typically conduct site visits.  We are unable to complete this important part of our process if your program is closed for the summer.
  • Organizations are limited to one grant request in any 12-month period (e.g., if a proposal is submitted for the May deadline, an organization is first eligible to reapply the following May).
  • Final grant decisions are made and grants are paid approximately four months after each deadline.  We are unable to respond to emergency funding needs.

Due to our small staff, it is not feasible for us to meet personally with grant seekers before an application is submitted. Grant seekers are encouraged to call with any questions.