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​Thornton Assistance Funds Application & Reports

​How to Apply for Thornton Assistance Funds

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations must be certified tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)3 or have a fiscal agent to be eligible for this grant. Organizations must serve Thornton residents. However, agencies do not need to be located in Thornton. Also, those organizations that received a Thornton Assistance Fund grant award the previous year must have submitted a complete report by the last day of the calendar year.  Religious programs or political activities are not eligible for the grant.  

Funding requests must be in alignment with the purpose of the grant to serve the basic needs of Thornton residents. Basic needs are considered food, housing, health or human services. Programs that help people move from relying on public assistance to providing for one's own basic needs are also eligible for funding.  

Complete the Colorado Common Grant Application to apply for the grant. A link to this application is on the right hand side of this page.

There are four required elements to complete an application for Thornton Assistance Funds:

  1. Summary Sheet Form – This sheet must be complete and signed and dated by the Executive Director or the Board Chair of your agency.

  2. Narrative – Prompts 1-3 and 5-11 in the Narrative section must be answered by all applicants. Answer prompt 4 if your organization is applying for program support. The following information is to be provided in the Narrative under prompt 11 (It can also be in a cover letter instead):

    • The number of unduplicated Thornton residents that the agency served in 2016. Unduplicated means that people should only be counted once, even if they have been served by multiple programs or multiple times in a year.

    • The number of unduplicated people overall that the agency served in 2016.

    • If applying for program support, the number of unduplicated Thornton residents that the program served in 2016 and the number of unduplicated people overall that the program served in 2016. Please include these amounts for all programs that your agency is seeking grant funds.

  3. Attachments – There is a list of attachments on the grant application. Some of them are not required for this grant. Here are the ones that are required: organization budget for the agency's current fiscal year; program budget (if applying for program support); Balance Sheet for January 1 through November 30, 2016; Income and Expense Statement for January 1 through November 30, 2016; Board of Directors list; proof of IRS tax exempt status; anti-discrimination statement; list of names and qualifications of key staff.

  4. Conflict of Interest form - sign and submit with application. This form is found on the right hand side of this page.

Grant applications are due by noon on January 13, 2017.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications missing any of the required elements will be considered incomplete and, therefore, ineligible. Submit the application and attachments by email, mail, or in person. Email submissions should be in PDF format.

Email:  neighbor@cityofthornton.net

Mail to:
City of Thornton - Neighborhood Services
Attn: Thornton Assistance Funds
9500 Civic Center Drive
Thornton, CO  80229

Deliver to:
City Development Department – Neighborhood Services
9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229
North side of City Hall – Follow the blue signs around to the north side of building 

Review: City staff will email a confirmation of receipt after receiving an application.  If you do not receive an email confirmation within six hours of submitting your application, then contact Neighborhood Services to find out if we received the application. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Eligible applications will be forwarded to the Thornton Assistance Funds Committee, a group of Thornton residents appointed by Council, to review the applications.  Organizations will be invited to a short interview with this committee on a Monday night in February, March or April 2017 in order to answer the Committee's questions on the grant request. 

Selection: The grant review committee will present their recommendation to the Thornton City Council. Funds are distributed after Council has approved the grants at a formal Council meeting; usually this is in May or June.

Thornton Assistance Funds Reports 

Agencies that receive funding are required to submit a Colorado Common Grant Report to the City's Neighborhood Services Division by noon on December 31 the year that the organization was awarded funds. This information identifies the impact made in the Thornton community through TAF. Organizations that receive funds and do not submit complete reports for that year by the deadline are not eligible to receive Thornton Assistance Funds the following year. 

Use the Colorado Common Grant Report to report on the programs or services funded through the TAF grant. The form can be downloaded from their website. Guidelines on how to complete this report for the Thornton Assistance Funds is located to the right.

Thornton residency must be verified, because one's mailing address does not necessarily mean that person lives in Thornton. Some Thornton residents have a Brighton mailing address and some Denver residents have a Thornton mailing address. To find out if the people served by a program or organization live within the Thornton city boundaries, you can either submit a list of addresses of the Thornton residents served through the program or organization to Neighborhood Services or you can verify yourself.

If you choose to verify addresses yourself, verification can be done through the City’s website:

1.         Go to www.cityofthornton.net

2.         Go to this link: www.cityofthornton.net/Pages/thornton-maps.aspx

3.         Select the Property Browser Map.

4.         Use the Thornton Property Search tool to look up addresses: Only enter the street number, if it is east, west, south or north and the street name. Leave out all punctuation and type of street (street, avenue, circle, court, etc.) For example, "2070 E. 98th Ave." should be entered as "2070 E 98th".

Delivery Method: You may choose to email, mail or deliver your organization’s report.

Email: neighbor@cityofthornton.net

City of Thornton Neighborhood Services
Attn: Thornton Assistance Funds
9500 Civic Center Drive
Thornton, CO  80229

Deliver to: 
City Development Department – Neighborhood Services
North side of City Hall – Follow the blue signs around to the north side of building
9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229