Rural Education Partnership Program
***2019 RFP Coming soon***
The Nathan Yip Foundation supports schools, teachers, and students in Colorado's rural communities through its Rural Education Partnership Program.
Since our founding in 2002, we have focused our efforts where we can uniquely add value so we can generate the most positive impact. Rural communities have been at the heart of our foundation's work worldwide, and now we're making a difference here in Colorado. The Nathan Yip Foundation specializes in providing funding, materials, expertise, and access to strategic partnerships to help develop programs to improve the quality of education to schools and communities that can’t otherwise afford the time or resources. This focus enables us to take advantage of our strengths and vast network, and reflects the foundation’s ongoing commitment to providing equal and quality access to education all over the world.
Each partnership request is carefully evaluated by a committee of various community leaders and volunteers to determine alignment with the foundation's mission and resources. After initial internal review, we will select a few finalists to host a small group of foundation representatives for a site visit and listening tour. Finalists will then go through one more round of internal review before notifications are sent out and funds are distributed.
We invite you to dream with us and submit your letter of inquiry for support in the 2019-2020 school year! We love unique and innovative projects, as well as requests for basic but highly needed resources and materials that will have an immediate and direct impact on your classroom, school, or community. You know your community best, and we look forward to learning more about your vision.
Only requests from rural schools and school districts in Colorado will be considered
We follow the Colorado Department of Education’s definition of rural schools and school districts.
Grants typically range from $1,000 to $30,000 USD*
Applicants must apply each year for new funding
Each project may be awarded grant funds for up to three consecutive years, at which point grantees must wait one year to re-apply for additional funds
Our funding priority is to K-12 schools, districts, teachers, and classrooms
The Nathan Yip Foundation does not fund:
Student scholarships and tuition support
Non-rural organizations/schools/entities (i.e. 3rd party private or non-profit service/program providers)
Special events or fundraisers
Endowments or loan requests
* Please note:
We will consider grant requests between $30,000 and $50,000 USD to be crowd-funded during the live auction portion of our Chinese New Year event which takes place every January/ February
Only one project will be selected. Follow all the same submission requirements to apply
Guidelines and Process:
We have changed our application process this year!
We will only be requiring a one-page Letter of Inquiry to submit interest in funding support (think of this as your cover letter)
Tell us a little about yourself and your school/community
Include an overview of your project
Specify how much you will be requesting for support
Tell us how will this impact your school/community for the better and why is this project/funding so important (including how this fits in to your school's overall funding priorities)
Our committee will review all letters and invite semi-finalists to submit a full grant application
You will ONLY complete the full grant application if invited, after submitting your LOI
Once grant applications have been submitted, our committee will review again and select finalists for site visits
We love to see you in action and walk a day in your shoes, so this site visit is key in helping us understand your community
Our committee will present funding recommendations to the NYF Board of Directors for final approval
Grant recipients will be notified in November
2019 Deadlines and Dates:
August 1: Letter of Inquiry due (open to all)
September 15: Full grant application due (by invitation only)
October: Site visits
November: Final funding decisions made
Mail or email Letter of Inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
If invited, submit a full grant application (click the button below to preview and/or download the Grant Application Form)
Follow the instructions in the Grant Application Form to complete your application
Mail or email your completed application to:
Nathan Yip Foundation
6295 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or specifics of your application, contact Executive Director, Tarika Cefkin, at (303)817-8400 or email@example.com.
Investing in Colorado's Rural Communities
How We Make a Difference
We partner to implement programs and support in some of Colorado's most underserved communities, and work directly with stakeholders so that we know our work is thoughtful, sustainable, and fits with the school's most pressing needs.
During our first year supporting Colorado's rural communities, we have developed relationships through our projects in the San Luis Valley, on the Eastern Plains, and in Colorado's Southwest. By working directly with schools and district administrators, we get grassroots buy-in and ensure that our programs are making the biggest impact in a way that is culturally relevant to the community.