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Frequently Asked Questions

Trustee Meeting Dates

Trustees currently have four regular meetings per year; January, April, July and October.

Application Process

First, applicants must first determine eligibility by taking a short eligibility quiz.  Second, submit your letter of interest (LOI), providing additional information about your organization and the specific projects or program you wish to fund. Third, we will review your submission and conduct due dilligence on the organization.  This process can take up to 60 days depending upon volume. If your submission is not a match, you will be informed via email. Otherwise, you will be invited to formally apply for a grant. Fourth, you will receive a link to our grants portal where you will create an account to complete a formal grant proposal.

Program Areas Funded

The Following organization program areas are eligible for consideration:

  • Arts & Culture
    • Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts
    • Music
  • Civic & Community
    • Parks, Trails and Community beautification efforts
    • Civic enhancement
    • Adult and Youth leadership
  • Education
    • K-12 (Public, Private and Charter)
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Special Education
    • Colleges and Universities
  • Healthcare
    • Direct service
    • Health access
  • Medical Research (by invitation only)


  • Nature & Wildlife
    • Land and Wildlife Conservation & Protection
    • Restoration
  • Social Services
    • Housing
    • Mental Health
    • Feeding programs and Food Access
    • Basic Needs provision
Type of Funding Provided

The Chapman Trusts currently provide funding for general operations, projects and programs, capital needs (brick and mortar, equipment purchases, etc.), and organization capacity building. 

Event sponsorships, endowment support, debt service, and requests to individuals are not eligible for funding.

How much do I ask for?

This answer depends on a variety of factors.  Trustees take into consideration the size of your organization, the total budget for your project, and other potential sources of funding available for the project. 

Our grants range from $1,000 to $10,000,000, so please do your homework! Review our 990 to determine what other similar organizations have requested for similar projects. 

Meetings and Site Visits

Trustees or staff may determine a meeting or site visit is necessary after a proposal has been submitted.  Not all requests will receive a site visit.  If you believe your organization would benefit from a site visit, you may request one after your proposal has been submitted.

Application Frequency

Only one request is permitted per year.  If a LOI is declined, applicants must wait at least nine months after the date of the notification before reapplying.  Similarly, if an organization is awarded a grant, applicants must wait at least nine months from the date of the last payment before submitting another LOI.


When appropriate, our preferred method of correspondence is via email.  However, if you need to mail a document or item, our Colorado Springs office handles all grant-related correspondence.  Thank-you notes, general correspondence to Trustees and other non grant-related correspondence can be mailed to our Tulsa office.

Still have a question?

Send your question to Craig Willis, Program Officer at