Get Grounded Foundation

Background

GroundFloor Media (GFM) was started in the basement of our founder’s home on the simple premise that when it comes to great ideas, everything truly begins “on the ground floor.”

The spirit of community that pervades GFM is rooted in a belief that organizations, as well as the individuals within them, must give back to the community in which they live, work and play. We should be good tenants of the world and we owe it to our community to do what we can to improve the lives of our neighbors. For us, giving back fosters our passion for life and directly connects us to the people and organizations that most need assistance. We have a long history of giving that has focused on three primary categories:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Youth Behavioral Health
  • Childhood Hunger Relief

In 2015, GFM launched its primary charitable giving arm: the Get Grounded Foundation. The team at GFM shares the core belief that nonprofits, similar to many startup organizations, are entrepreneurial in their approach but often can’t secure the seed funding necessary to get a new or innovative program “off the ground.” As such, the Get Grounded Foundation provides one-year grants for new, innovative and entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly support the healthy development of at-risk or neglected youth between the ages of 3 and 15 in the Denver Metro area.

With our sister agency, CenterTable, we provide this investment to help these important community programs to get up and running. Grants are announced twice a year and range in size from $2,500 to $5,000.

To date, we have given more than $100,000 in grants using our own profits. You can learn more about our long history of giving here.

What We Hope to Achieve

Through the meaningful work of our grantees, the Get Grounded Foundation aims to improve the lives of at-risk and neglected youth in our community. In addition, the Foundation intends to learn from and share the successes of its grantees so that other organizations can benefit from the knowledge gained.

Programs should be innovative or entrepreneurial in nature. In other words, the organization should be launching a new program (or trying a new method/approach) that directly supports at-risk youth.

Organizations applying for funding must demonstrate a history of working directly with youth and explain how funding for the new program will help them to better serve these audiences. Applicants must provide evidence that they have the capacity and are ready to launch their new programs and that a measurable impact can be demonstrated within a year of receiving funds.

Our Definitions

For the purposes of the Get Grounded Foundation, “entrepreneurial” is not defined as launching a social enterprise venture or fee-for-service initiative. The Foundation is simply seeking to support creative and new programs in need of seed funding.

Types of Support

The Get Grounded Foundation will support the creation or expansion of projects and programs that are entrepreneurial and innovative in nature.

Organizations must ensure that their program falls within one of the Foundation’s three focus areas. Examples are as follows:

Focus Area Potential Program Examples
Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Creation of an innovative art therapy or sports-related program for youth who have experienced or witnessed abuse or domestic violence
  • Funding a specific component of a therapeutic playground
Youth Behavioral Health
  • Expanding a ropes course, archery program or launching a mountaineering class at a treatment center for youth who are coping with emotional trauma
  • Creating or expanding an animal-therapy ongoing program or summer camp
  • Funding instructors to lead an ongoing yoga class to manage stress and anxiety
Childhood Hunger Relief
  • Promoting and expanding urban gardening programs to encourage healthy eating and teach about simple tools (e.g., container gardening) to grow your own food
  • Funding a district-wide ambassador in schools to encourage participation in and to promote school
  • breakfast programs
  • Purchasing cooling packs for backpacks for summer meal programs
Please note that the purpose of this table is only to provide examples of programs that might fall under each focus area. In no way are funded programs limited to these examples. We encourage organizations to be creative and innovative.

Expected Outcomes and Deliverables

Overall, the Get Grounded Foundation seeks to:

  • Support new, innovative and entrepreneurial programs that support the healthy development of at-risk or neglected youth between the ages of 3 and 15
  • Collaborate with other like minded organizations that support the healthy development of at-risk or neglected youth, as well as openly share the “lessons learned”

What We DO NOT Fund

The Get Grounded Foundation will not support the following programs or activities:

  • Programs that do not serve youth between the ages of 3 and 15. An organization might serve youth outside of this age range but a grant award should only focus on youth between the ages of 3 and 15.
  • Programs located outside the Denver Metro area. We define this area as the city and county of Denver, city of Aurora and the surrounding counties of Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield and Douglas
  • Programs that focus on policy and/or advocacy
  • Programs that do not fall within one of the three focus areas
  • Programs that do not directly work with youth

Notes on Evaluation, Learning and Final Reports

The Get Grounded Foundation is committed to evaluating its impact and associated outcomes. The Foundation wants to understand the full impact of the work achieved by grantees through this funding.

If your organization receives a grant, you must submit a final report. More detailed information about reports will be included in grant award packets. Grantees might be invited to provide stories of the program’s work to help the Foundation communicate grant successes to wider audiences.

Grant Awards & Guidelines

Grant awards for a 12-month period are expected to range in size from $2,500 to $5,000.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations that are launching a new program or trying a new method/approach that directly supports at-risk youth.

Grants are typically only awarded to nonprofit organizations whose local annual operating budget is between $250,000 and $5 million. However, in some instances, an exception will be made.

The Get Grounded Foundation will consider awarding grants to local chapters of national organizations that are not a separate 501(c)(3) entity.

Organizations that can combine funds from other sources toward a common program outcome are encouraged.

Current grant recipients must take a one-year hiatus from applying for an award.

Organizations must ensure that their programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of their activities or operations.

Submission Instructions

Due to large file sizes, please send a separate email confirming your submission. Submit all materials, in one single PDF file, via email to: foundation@groundfloormedia.com or mail your complete proposal to:

The Get Grounded Foundation Attn: Laura Love
1923 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. MT on Oct. 12, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

We accept hard copies of proposals or emailed proposals – but all items must be included in either one hard copy packet, jump drive OR in one document via email (files must be less than 20MB).

Please note: If you email your proposal and do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, please call 303-865-8110 to verify that your proposal was received. We encourage you to submit email applications with enough time to receive confirmation from us prior to the deadline.

Questions? Email foundation@groundfloormedia.com with specific questions or to set up a 15-minute call prior to the submission deadline. Thank you!