Q. Who is eligible to apply?
A. See Eligibility Requirements for eligibility guidelines, or if you’re interested in applying for the 2013 Colorado Collaboration Award, start the Eligibility Self-Assessment.
A. Yes, as long as at least one partner is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and that partner serves as the “‘lead organization” for the application.
A. Yes, as long as the collaboration’s service area includes Colorado, and the collaboration itself is based in Colorado.
A. The Colorado Collaboration Award strives to promote best practices. This requirement was proposed and adopted by the award’s steering committee, a diverse group of Colorado funders and capacity-builders, who agreed that this requirement is in keeping with the spirit of the Award itself.
Visit www.ColoradoNonprofits.org/gender-expression-policy/ to learn more about this requirement.
A. Yes, if the lead organization adopts this wording as part of its nondiscrimination policy – and submits the new policy as part of the application – by the application deadline.
A. Although factors like formation, purpose, and planning are considered important for a successful collaboration, this award places a strong emphasis on evaluation and results to identify highly successful collaborations. At least 18 months of operational history are required to help ensure that award applicants are able to demonstrate sustained impact and benefits from collaborating.
A. The purpose of the Colorado Collaboration Award, in addition to recognizing an outstanding collaboration each year, is to identify exceptional collaborations that can serve as replicable models and examples of best practices for others. The award steering committee agrees that having a written agreement is an important best practice. Although some collaborations may be successful without a written agreement in place, the Colorado Collaboration Award regards a written agreement as an important element of a replicable, successful collaboration; it helps ensure that a collaboration can survive changes in its environment or key people, and is an important tool for building long-term stability and success.
For more information about the requirement for a contract, MOU, or other written agreement, see What is an MOU?
A. Applications for the Colorado Collaboration Award are accepted through the online application system only. If you are considering applying, preparing to apply, or would just like to learn more about the award, click here for a list of the application questions.
A. In addition to providing responses to overview and narrative questions, collaborations are asked to provide several attachments. Click here for a list of documents requested as part of the application.
A. The deadline for award applications is 5:00 p.m. MST March 15. Click here for the Award timeline and important dates.
If you don’t see an answer to your question, please contact Sara Raab at collaboration@ColoradoNonprofits.org