Advocacy | Partnership | Impact

What We Do

Funding Opportunities

CSFF provides financial support to qualified organizations through the following funding opportunities. Our goal is to help organizations learn, adapt and respond rapidly to varying community needs. We encourage high levels of collective thinking, creating long-term systemic change and addressing solutions to complex issues. CSFF does not provide funding for endowments, sponsorships, or capital campaigns. Currently, funding is primarily focused in Routt County, Colorado.


The core of the Foundation work is conducted through funding projects. CSFF provides multi-year capacity funding through enhanced partnerships to address various community needs. Each project focuses on a particular area of interest and fosters collaborative efforts between public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)

YAP Mission: The Youth Advocacy Project champions community partnerships that create equitable opportunities in health, education, and well-being for youth and families to achieve their optimal potential.

Equitable Access to the Arts Project (EAAP)

EAAP Mission: The Equitable Access to the Arts Project partners with community organizations to provide vibrant and meaningful arts and culture opportunities for under-resourced youth and adults throughout Northwest Colorado.

Environmental Justice Project (EJP)

EJP Mission: The Environmental Justice Project advances fair and equitable practices and policies, influenced by the collective voices of the broader Yampa Valley community, to benefit the local environment and its inhabitants.

For more information please view the CSFF Funding Guidelines for all projects and the attached Request for Partnership Support for each of our projects – YAP, EAAP, and EJP, all of which can be found on our portal.

CSFF is actively looking to expand our reach into new areas in the coming years. Future projects will be developed in conjunction with the growth of the Foundation and areas of need within the community.


CSFF Discretionary Funds provide resources to increase capacity building opportunities for organizations. Funding may support systems, trainings, advocacy and governance that enhance the strength, impact and sustainability of an organization. There is no application process and funding decisions are determined cooperatively by the Board President and the Executive Director. A simple assessment form will be required upon the expenditure of all Discretionary Funds.


CSFF Legacy Funding supports organizations of which the founders of the Foundation, Michael and Sara Craig-Scheckman, are personally passionate. Funding requests or personal appeals are not accepted. Funding decisions are determined solely by the Board of Directors. A simple assessment form may be required upon the expenditure of all Legacy Funding.

Special Initiatives

Under certain circumstances CSFF may provide additional funding opportunities to address specific initiatives. Funding procedures and reporting will be developed individually for each initiative. Previous examples have included the Behavioral Health in the Schools Initiative developed collaboratively with UCHealth and the YVMC Foundation, and COVID-19 Local Support Funding.