Rawlings Foundation Requests

Guidelines for Grant Requests

Each request will be reviewed within the framework of the Foundation’s philosophy. The following factors will influence the committee’s decisions:

    • whether the program addresses a Foundation priority
    • the program’s impact on the community and evidence of reasonable participation by individuals
    • possible duplication or overlap with other programs
    • effectiveness of the organization’s structure and management, recognizing a dynamic and not a static organization
    • evidence of the organization’s financial stability and achievement
    • evidence of community support and funding
    • existence of government or other community funding
    • evidence of fiscal effectiveness demonstrated by administrative costs as compared total budgeting


In general, the Foundation will not consider requests that have the following characteristics:

  • Programs that do not benefit people in the counties referred to in the 18 counties in our service area as outlined on our map.
  • Direct grants to individuals
  • Political organizations, campaigns, or candidates for political office
  • Efforts directed towards influencing legislation at any governmental level
  • Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are directed to its members
  • Veteran or labor organizations which are themselves grant-making bodies
  • advertising raffle tickets, or merchandise to be used as favors, door prizes, or to be sold for fundraising
  • Trips, travel or cultural exchange tours
  • Conferences, seminars, or publications of book, magazines, or films
  • National health agencies concerned with specific diseases or health issues unless fundraising proceeds are directly used in the Foundations’ service area.


The Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation meets semi-annually, generally a summer and winter meeting. All requests should be for projects which do not need to be completed in a relatively short period of time as the meetings change slightly from year to year. Requests need to arrive by December 28th for the winter meeting and by June 1st for the summer meeting.

RHR Foundation
% Paulette Stuart
301 N. Main Street, Suite #204
Pueblo, Colorado 81003
Or by email at  grants@rhrfoundation.org | 719-544-2566

This office is not staffed every day, so please leave a message and you will receive a call back as quickly as possible.

Request Format:

All requests should be concise and simply phrased. A standard grant application with the supporting information is acceptable. Requests should be for the specific sum which can be defended in relationship to the project for which the funds are to be used. A request should contain the following:

  1. A statement of purpose,
  2. A brief statement of the organization’s mission,
  3. The organization’s achievements,
  4. The name, title and qualifications of key personnel,
  5. A copy of the organization’s most recent financial statement and audit, if available,
  6. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service qualification letter,
  7. A list of any corporate or Foundation donors during the previous 12 months, and
  8. A list of the Board of Directors or trustees, and officers and their affiliations.