To ensure that your organization fits within our foundation’s funding criteria, please review the foundation’s funding priorities. All applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation will consider funding public policy requests from out-of-state organizations, all other organizations must operate in Colorado, and special consideration given to rural Colorado nonprofits.

  • Youth and Youth Development
    • One-to-one mentoring
    • Academic tutoring
    • Character development
    • Leadership
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
    • Financial literacy
  • Adult Work Programs
    • Paid on the job training
    • Vocational training
    • Job placement
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Requests by invitation only
  • Integrative Medicine
    • Requests by invitation only
  • Public Policy
    • Enhance understanding of the free enterprise system
    • Preserve the principles upon which our democracy was founded to help ensure a limited role for government and the protection of individual rights as provided for in the Constitution
    • Encourage personal responsibility and leadership
    • Uphold traditional American values

Areas of funding the Foundation is not considering at this time:

  • Adaptive or winter sports programs
  • Animal or animal-related projects
  • Arts or arts-related projects
  • Books and publishing
  • Church or church-related projects
  • Conferences, seminars, or event sponsorship
  • Credit counseling
  • Debt reduction
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Emergency and basic services (food, housing)
  • GED classes
  • Health organizations (disease-specific and national)
  • Homelessness
  • Individuals
  • Media or film-related projects
  • Museum or museum-related projects
  • Preschools or daycare centers
  • Programs and organizations receiving 50% or more of revenue from government sources, including fee-for-service contracts
  • Research projects
  • Schools (public, charter or private), including higher education and associated foundations
  • Senior programs (nursing homes, extended-care facilities, respite care)
  • Start-up funding (organizations and programs must be in operation for at least one full year)


Since 1976, the Foundation has provided a total of 6,700 grants for a cumulative grant total of $265 million.
In 2018, the Adolph Coors Foundation awarded 127 grants totaling $7.5 million.