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The Buck Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)(3) organizations and non-governmental agencies. The Buck Foundation will not accept grant requests from individuals, for endowments, or for capital campaigns. We focus primarily on organizations with annual budgets under $1,000,000 where a small grant can make a significant impact.

The Buck Foundation accepts letters of inquiry from qualified organizations in Colorado and from Hana in East Maui, Hawai’i, where the family has a long-standing history. 

The Buck Foundation makes both General Operations Support grants and Program Specific grants. General Operating Support provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most appropriate. If you are requesting a General Operating Support grant you will be required to describe how the funds to be utilized. For Program Specific grants you will be expected to describe what the grant will be used for along with a program budget.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, except to serve a historically disadvantaged group
  • Debt retirement
  • Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available (no retroactive funding)
  • Endowments, or other reserve funds
  • Capital campaigns
  • Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events
  • Conferences, symposia, film and video production, and related travel
  • Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities
  • Grants to individuals
  • Scholarships or sponsorships
  • Grants to parochial or religious schools or private schools
  • Requests from individual schools or departments/programs of universities or colleges
  • Requests from foundations/organizations that raise money for individual schools that have not coordinated the request with their central school district/university administration or fundraising arm
  • Grants for re-granting purposes
  • Multi-year funding requests (Please note: the Buck Foundation, on rare occasions, provides grantees with multi-year grants. However, organizations cannot request such funding)

The Foundation is both a strategic grantmaker and a responsive grantmaker. Our three focus areas and a summary are listed below:

  1. Initiatives to Prevent Homelessness & Provide Housing
  2. Welcoming & Supporting Immigrants and Refugees
  3. Responding to Critical Needs to Strengthen Communities

The Buck Foundation supports organizations that help prevent homelessness and provide housing to those who desperately need it, influence policy that decriminalizes homelessness, and educates the public on the root causes of homelessness.

The Buck Foundation makes an impact on the lives of immigrants and refugees by investing in organizations that welcome and support refugees and immigrants through legal support, community navigation, and advocacy for the humane treatment of undocumented families.

The Buck Foundation’s responsive grants strengthen communities by supporting community resource centers, criminal justice reform, community farms and parks, youth skill-building programs, and by protecting democracy and peace.