The Telluride Foundation hosts Nonprofit capacity building workshops and trainings throughout the year. Nonprofit staff and board members are encouraged to participate, but all trainings are open to the public. Topics presented and discussed during these interactive events are meant to help strengthen and support our regional nonprofit community.

Recent Workshops: Grant writing & Legal Guidance:

Earlier this year, Foundation staff held a series of workshops focusing on the Community Grant outcomes, which each grant recipient reports on a year following their grant award, and the collective results of this outcome data. On June 28th, staff co-taught a Grant Writing Workshop focusing on writing a convincing narrative to funders, including the importance of providing key demographics, emphasizing collaborations, and designing inclusive programming. On July 27th, the Foundation hosted a Legal Workshop with attorney Cara Lawrence of Tierney Lawrence Stiles LLC to provide nonprofit staff and their boards guidance on the legal issues every nonprofit should be aware of. On August 1st, the Foundation is partnering with the Telluride Wilkinson Library to provide a bilingual (Spanish and English) workshop, What Does it Mean to Serve on a Nonprofit Board? This event is designed for both the person who has never served on a board and wants to know what to expect, as well as for nonprofits interested in attracting new board members to represent a sector of the community it serves. In November, the Foundation will work with members of the Collaborative Action for Immigrants to bring an Equity & Inclusion Training to nonprofits and the community.

All workshops are held in person and via Zoom. For more information about any of these or upcoming workshops, contact

Prior Workshop Resources:

Nonprofit Board Governance – Held on July 19, 2022, and taught by Cara Lawrence of Tierney Lawrence LLC.

Board Source is a great website for boards:

Also, there is a free board member training available here, which I have been told is good:

Other Sources of Funding

At the Telluride Foundation we understand how challenging it can be for our regional nonprofits to raise the funds they need every year to keep their programs running while also recruiting and retaining qualified staff, and all-the-while plan for the future. 

On this resource page you will find a list of additional Colorado funding opportunities we have compiled for you to explore. If you have any additional funding sources you are willing to share, please contact Elaine Demas @

Town of Telluride/Commission for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events (CCAASE): Supports regional nonprofit Arts and Special Events Organizations as well as non-profit community programs for citizen welfare and education.

Town of Mountain Village: Supports organizations that support and promote ‘Community Services’ in Mountain Village such as health and human services, education, athletics, arts and culture, early childhood, or environmental stewardship.

Just For Kids Foundation: Funds organizations that support children’s programming in the San Miguel Watershed.

Colorado Health Foundation: The Colorado Health Foundation invests in nonprofits, communities and the public and private sector to improving health and health equity.

El Pomar Foundation: Supports arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services. Under their competitive process they accept applications for general operating, program, and capital support.

Aldolph Coors Foundation: Supports Youth and Youth Development, Adult Work Programs, Entrepreneurship, Integrative Medicine, Public Policy

The Colorado Trust: Supports organizations in their ability to organize groups and individuals to promote health equity.

The Buell Foundation: Supports the positive development of children through grants and partnerships with other sectors of our community.

Colorado Creative Industries: Offers four grant opportunities: Colorado Creates, Career Advancement, Creative Districts and Arts in Society with a focus to support and expand the impact of creative industries, artists and entrepreneurs, connecting communities to advance a thriving and vibrant Colorado.

Community Resource Center: Creates opportunities, tools and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado. You must be a member to access the services CRC provides (one of which is a comprehensive grant funding database) or you can visit the Wilkinson Public Library and access CRC tools through their membership.