Grants to Current Volunteers

Don Curtis Giving Fund

If you have been to any of our events over the past 25 years, you will have undoubtedly met Don Curtis and his wife, Gloria. Both served in the Peace Corps, Don in India and Gloria in Ethiopia. Don served on the board of RPCVCO for over 20 years, most recently in the capacity of Treasurer and Membership Coordinator. It is a result of this long-term dedication that our group still exists. To honor his long-term commitment to the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado, the board of directors established The Don Curtis Giving Fund.

Don has been a long-time proponent of our granting program, which has supported countless Peace Corps Partnership projects, as well as other nonprofit organizations whose missions closely match those of the Peace Corps. These include Pedals for Progress, FINCA, and Project Smile.

Funds may be contributed by mail (RPCVs of Colorado PO Bo 18995 Denver, CO 80218) or online below. All donations are tax-deductible and you will be issued a receipt for tax purposes. Please indicate on your check that this money is specifically for The Don Curtis Giving Fund. Thank you for your support and thanks to Don and Gloria Curtis for all that they have done for our group!

 

Grants

RPCVs of Colorado donate all proceeds from the sale of the RPCVs of Madison, Wisconsin annual calendar as well as our branded RPCVCO merchandise to the Don Curtis Giving Fund which supports current Peace Corps Partnership projects. If you are interested in donating money to a Peace Corps Partnership project, please visit the Peace Corps website.

We typically try to help current volunteers in the following ways:

  1. We will review submitted applications for consideration of a RPCVCO grant.
  2. Depending on the project, we may highlight it in an upcoming RPCV of Colorado newsletter or other communication that goes out to our members and other partners, noting that this is a project that needs funding.

For these efforts, we require that applicants complete a grant application.

Our grant process

Our group gives out on average of $2000 a year in grants to currently serving volunteers. Depending on the circumstances of the applicant and the current grant funding levels, the board of the RPCVs of Colorado may award a grant up to $500 or more.

Grants submitted are reviewed on a quarterly basis by the board of the RPCvs of Colorado. In order to be presented to the board, a complete grant application must be submitted by last day of the month preceding a RPCVCO board meeting. Applicants who submit a grant application will be notified regarding the status of their application by  the first day of the month following a board meeting.

Dates

Submit application by date Notification of application status date
September 30th November 1st
November 30th January 1st
January 31st March 1st
March 31st May 1st

 

Grant Criteria

All requests for funding must have submitted an application as part of the Peace Corps Partnership program. The group is unable to give grants to volunteers who do not participate in the Peace Corps Partnership program. For more information about this program, please visit the Peace Corps Partnership website.


In addition, while it is not a requirement, we will give preference to those applicants that:

  1. Apply for a grant that falls under our 2 year area of focus
  2. Have a connection to Colorado (e.g. be born and raised here, have gone to college or other schooling here, have family members here, plan to move to Colorado after Peace Corps)

Grant application

If you are a currently serving Peace Corps Volunteer and are interested in applying for a grant, please complete our online grant application. If you have questions, please fill out a contact form under "Contact Us" and we'll respond as quickly as possible.

 

Grant Recipients

If your project does receive a RPCVCO grant, you will be required to provide us:

  1. Status updates, as appropriate, particularly when the project starts and when it is completed.
  2. Description of the completed project, along with appropriate photos.

We will publicize this information on our website, our newsletter, and other communications as appropriate, to inform our members and partners about the project that was funded.

If you have any questions about our grants process, please Contact Us (select Grants).