UPDATE: City of Aspen Grants | Program Evaluation Project

The City of Aspen is currently implementing a project that will focus on evaluating our current grant program process and procedures. An outside firm has been hired to study how the City handles grants and will provide recommendations on how to further address the needs of the grants community and community at large. 

For further information regarding this upcoming project, please review the announcement below. 

City of Aspen | Grants Evaluation Project 2020

To receive up to date information and communication regarding the progress of this project, please follow the link below.

We look forward to continuing to improve these programs for the community and grantee organizations. Please reach out if you have any questions. 

2021 Grant Funding

The City of Aspen is pleased to announce the application process for Community Arts and Non-Profits grants is now open with over $1 million in available funding. To make it easier for applicants, this year, the City has created a streamlined online application for both groups.

A variety of City funds contribute to the non-profits and arts grants. A total of $465,000 in cash and $100,000 of in-kind donations are available for non-profits via the General Fund and $33,000 from the Parks and Open Space fund. Arts grants are supported through $400,000 cash and $15,000 of in-kind donations from the Wheeler Opera House Fund. 

Applications are being accepted now through July 29, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the Citizen Grant Committee with recommendations presented to City Council in Fall 2019. 

In addition, the cycle for HHS grants of over $400,000 will be open in early June in conjunction with the Pitkin County application. 

Wheeler Non-Profit Arts Grants

The Wheeler is proud to support the arts in Aspen and of the total grant amount, $100,000 comes directly from the Wheeler Real Estate Transfer Tax fund. The remaining amount is generated from Wheeler revenue sources such as fees and lease space rent. We look forward to the many contributions of these arts groups throughout the year.  

To access the new online application, please select the link below.

Wheeler Arts Grant Online Application

Other Resources:

Wheeler Arts Grants Practice Form

Financial Details Form

Community Non-Profit Grants

The City of Aspen provides funding support to private 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.  We recognize the significance of community-based organizations and/or groups, and the importance they play in providing various services in the communities they serve.

To access the new online application, please select the link below:

Community Non-Profits Grant Online Application

Other Resources:

Community Non-Profits Grants Practice Form

Financial Details Form

Health and Human Services Grants

The City of Aspen also awards grants for health and human services to other government entities and local non-profits. These grants are prioritized for services that will address mental health and substance abuse, including suicide prevention, and programs that support community and family connections for individuals that work or live in the City of Aspen. Grant applications for HHS are available through a joint application process managed by Pitkin County Human Services Department.

To access the online application, please visit the Pitkin County Grants link below:

Health and Human Services Grant

Grant Review Committee

A volunteer citizen board, appointed by the City Council, reviews all grant requests. The Citizen Grant Review Committee evaluates each non-profit grant request in terms of demonstrated financial need, fiscal viability, and adherence to the goals and values of the City of Aspen and value added to the community.

Accepted applications will be forwarded to the Citizen Grant Review Committee, and will be reviewed based on the following:

  • Success or impact of past funding
  • Past organizational challenges
  • Need for specific funding request
  • Number of City residents to be served
  • Youth Programming
  • Aspen-centric focus
  • Overall value of application
  • Impact of grant to the organization
  • Support from other local organizations
  • Extent that resources are committed to Executive Staff is weighed in an acceptable manner

2021 Application Process

Information regarding the 2021 Process is listed as follows:

  • May 2020: 2021 Grant Applications Available
  • July 29th, 2020: 2021 Grant Applications Due
  • September / October: Grant Application Review and Interviews by Committee
  • End of October: Committee Makes Recommendations to City Council
  • November: City Council will consider the funding recommendations during the City’s Annual Budget Process
  • November / December: City of Aspen Budget Approved
  • December / January: 2021 Grant Contracts Mailed to Approved Non-Profits
  • Mid-April 2021: 2021 Grant Checks Mailed

Citizen Grant Review Committee Interview

Applicants may be requested to complete a fifteen (15) minute interview with the Citizen Grant Review Committee prior to the committee making recommendations to the City Council. This is the non-profit’s opportunity to present their funding request and explain how it will benefit the community. The committee also has an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the application. The Citizen Grant Review Committee has the option to forego interviews with select non-profits, if deemed appropriate.

More Information

If you have questions, or need further information, please contact Julie Gillespie at the Wheeler Opera House 970-920-5774 or