Application

This list of the application questions for the 2015 Colorado Collaboration Award is for reference only. To apply for the award, please complete the online application. Visit Apply for the Award to get started.

Check out the Application Tips for advice and common mistakes to avoid.

Overview Questions

  1. Collaboration Name:
  2. Name of Lead Organization (for the purposes of this application):
  3. Website:
  4. Tax ID # for Lead Organization:
  5. Mission of the collaboration:
  6. What is the purpose/focus area of the collaboration? (Please select up to three.  These options represent IRS NTEE codes. For details and subcategories, please see GuideStar’s reference on NTEE codesThis question is for internal Award purposes only; your response will not be considered as part of the Award review or selection processes.
  7. Please list the partners involved in the collaboration:
  8. Colorado county in which the lead organization is based:
  9. Colorado county/counties served by the collaboration (hold CTRL and click to select multiple counties):
  10. Revenue: 2015 budget for the collaboration (if applicable)
  11. Expenses: 2015 budget for the collaboration (if applicable)
  12. The collaboration includes partners from these sectors (select all that apply):
  13. Have you applied for the Colorado Collaboration Award before? In which year(s)? This question is for internal Award purposes only; your response will not be considered as part of the Award review or selection processes.
  14. Is your collaboration currently accepting new partners?
  15. Yes, please help funders, nonprofits, and the public learn more about this collaboration. I agree that the information provided in this application may be included in publicly-accessible resources. (If you prefer that information about your collaboration not be made available to the public, please leave this box unchecked.)

Narrative Questions

  1. Formation (5 points; maximum 725 characters)
    Why was the collaboration formed and who was involved in its formation?
    How was it formed?
    What challenges did you face in creating the collaboration and how did you overcome them?
  2. Structure (15 points; maximum 2175 characters)
    How is the collaboration structured, including its management structure?
    How are decisions made and conflicts resolved?
    How are the communities that you serve involved in the design, decision making and leadership of the collaboration?
  3. Purpose and Goals (25 points; maximum 4700 characters)
    What are the scope and goals of your collaboration?
    How do you execute these goals?
    What makes your collaboration unique and/or innovative?
    What challenges has your collaboration faced when executing your goals and how have you overcome them?
  4. Results to date (40 points; maximum 4700 characters)
    Describe the collaboration’s overall approach to evaluation.
    Describe how you demonstrate the collaboration’s impact.
    Tell us about your results – what benefits (from collaborating) have you realized?
    In what ways is this collaboration a valuable model from which others can learn or benefit, or which others can replicate?
  5. Planning (5 points; maximum 725 characters)
    Does the collaboration have a strategic plan?
    If so, please tell us about it.
    Describe how the collaboration engages in planning.
    Describe the focus of any current planning efforts.
  6. Anticipated challenges and opportunities (5 points; maximum 725 characters)
    Describe the challenges and opportunities facing the collaboration in the next three to five years.
  7. Budget (5 points; maximum 725 characters)
    What is the nature of the financial relationship between members of the collaboration?
    Describe how your collaboration would spend the award if received.

Attachments

  1. IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, dated 2010 or later, for the lead organization (for the purposes of this application) or for the collaboration as a whole.
  2. Original documentation of the collaboration structure (memorandum of understanding/MOU, contract, or merger agreement), dated September 2013 or earlier.
    • This documentation demonstrates that the collaboration began formal operations at least 18 months before the 2015 Award deadline.
    • Please see What is an MOU? for information about the types of agreements that may be submitted. Agreements that do not meet these requirements will not be considered, and those applications will be disqualified during the screening process.
  3. Current documentation of the collaboration structure (memorandum of understanding (MOU), contract, or merger agreement).
    • This documentation shows the current structure of the collaboration, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each partner.
    • Please see What is an MOU? for information about the types of agreements that may be submitted. Agreements that do not meet these requirements will not be considered, and those applications will be disqualified during the screening process.
  4. A nondiscrimination policy from the lead organization that expressly includes “sexual orientation” and “gender expression.” (For more information on this requirement, see the application FAQs.
  5. 2015 budget for the collaboration, including revenue and expenses (if applicable)
  6. Executive Summary of the collaboration (ONE page only):
    • Take advantage of the fact that you have one whole page to convey information not conveyed elsewhere in the application. It is not necessary to repeat a significant amount of information covered in other parts of the application.
    • The executive summary is less structured and allows for more creativity than the narrative, which is comprised of specific questions.
    • The executive summary provides an opportunity to highlight what makes this collaboration unique, innovative, and a model for other collaborations to follow.

    The information above has been quoted and/or adapted from the Colorado Common Grant Application User’s Guide.