GroundFloor Media 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.” Our community giving program is no exception. We spent 14 years building a solid organization, and in 2015 we formalized our commitment to the community with the establishment of our 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.” With our sister agency, CenterTable, we provide an investment to help these important community programs get up and running. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $5,000, however, the committee will consider grants of up to $10,000.
Our 501(c)(3) Get Grounded Foundation provides one-year community grants for new, innovative and entrepreneurial programs or projects within an existing, qualified nonprofit that directly supports the healthy development of at-risk youth in the Denver metro area. Beginning in 2019, previous grantees are eligible to apply for funding if they can demonstrate that additional support would further strengthen their program that was launched with an initial grant from the Get Grounded Foundation. We prioritize the prevention of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health and childhood hunger relief. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.
Since its inception in 2015, the Get Grounded Foundation has granted more than $158,000. We’re honored to support the important work of outstanding local community programs providing services to at-risk youth in Denver. Grantees have included the Autism Society of Colorado, The Bridge Project, Child Advocates – Denver CASA, CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin counties, Colorado Humanities, the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, the Denver Indian Family Resources Center, Denver Kids (formerly known as Denver Urban Scholars), the EDC – African Community Center of Denver, Connect our Kids (Colorado CASA), Family Tree, Farms for Kids, Food for Thought – Denver, Foster Together Colorado, Havern School, Illuminate Colorado, PCs for People, Mount Saint Vincent Home, a Precious Child, PlatteForum, Playworks, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Roots Elementary, Spirit of the Sun, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Colorado, Tennyson Center for Children and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch.