The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund has announced the opening of its spring 2020 grant cycle.

Grant applications have been sent to former applicants and to those who have requested them. Grant applications are due on March 27. Selected applicants will be invited to an oral interview on April 17. A luncheon will be held for grant winners in late May.

Established in 2004 by the Cabot Family and the Bar NI Ranch, the Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund makes grant awards in the Purgatoire Valley area to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or organizations partnering with 501(c)(3) organizations in education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and civic and public benefit.  

The Local Advisory Committee recommends grant awards to the fund trustees in areas that represent the most fitting community needs and best match the focus of Bar NI’s mission statement. Grants to programs sponsored by religious organizations may be funded if the program or activity is clearly distinguished from religious activities and if the program or activity is available to all denominations.

The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund will primarily consider grant applications for support of specific programs and activities. Grant applications for capital campaigns and for general support are sometimes, but not usually, recommended.  Grant awards generally range from $1,000 to $5,000 for a one-year period.

There are two grant application cycles per year – spring and fall.  Organizations are eligible to receive only one grant per calendar year.  

For proposal questions please email Tom Perry at

Tips to applicants

Since its inception the fund has endeavored to give grants to 501c3 non-profit organizations that:

1) “PAY IT FORWARD” … organizations that give something back to the community

2) “PERSONAL OWNERSHIP” … organizations that invest in their own programs even as they ask for assistance for those programs

3) “IGNITE THE SPIRIT” “INSPIRE CONFIDENCE” “FACILITATE DREAMS” … organizations that are able to share the stories of participants in their program(s) in ways that demonstrate these qualities

4) “SUSTAINABILITY” … organizations that look toward their future organizational health and don’t just survive donation to donation

5) “LEVERAGE” … organizations that look for matching dollars and a diversified donor base

6) “COLLABORATION” … organizations willing to work with others, share talents, and not duplicate efforts

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