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Helping our Communities Across Colorado

For decades, Ent has contributed millions of dollars to support communities across Colorado as part of our mission to improve our members’ financial quality of life. As a “community advocate” we have a vested interest in supporting the communities where our owner-members live, play and work.

We are partnering with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to help us raise awareness of the funding available to organizations through Ent, identify volunteer opportunities for Ent employees and to maximize the impact of our financial contributions.

Simple steps to apply

Ent provides funding to various nonprofits across the Front Range that fall into any of the following impact categories:

  • Youth: Primary program impact focuses on children under the age of 18 with emphasis on impact in housing, food, behavioral and/or mental health.
  • Education: Primary program impact supports classroom learning for any learner with a focus on the organizations that manage these programs, and not individuals delivering or benefiting from these programs.
  • Community: Primary program impact addresses major community issues with a focus on community enrichment, food banks, homelessness, and/or poverty.
  • Legacy: Primary program impact does not fit into any categories above but may continue to receive support based on Ent’s Colorado Springs heritage.

For more information, view our Contribution Guidelines.

To submit an application, you must submit an application through Ent's online grant portal. Requests and/or applications submitted through email and mail will not be accepted. 

The funding application includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Nonprofit details and program information
  • Geographic impact
  • Community impact if funding is given
  • Volunteer information for Ent employees
  • Prior exposure and/or relationship with Ent

For assistance navigating the application portal, please view our step-by-step instruction guide.

Funding requests are reviewed by the Community Advocacy Decision Committee on a quarterly basis. Collectively, the committee reviews the application and scores the application based on Ent’s guidelines, impact categories (see above) and a decision matrix to determine an amount to award the requester, if any. The decision matrix includes criteria such as:

  • Geographical reach
  • Due diligence and impact if funding was awarded
  • Volunteer opportunities available

Once the Decision Committee meets, nonprofit organizations will receive an email from Ent regarding their decision. If awarded, a check will be delivered through Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

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Common Questions

Ent Credit Union may make contributions, donate funds or otherwise sponsor:

  1. Non-profit organizations located in or conducting business in the areas it serves as described in its
  2. Organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and
    operate primarily to promote or develop credit unions
  3. Organizations qualified under 1 or 2 who submit a written request for financial support from the
    credit union

Ent Credit Union will not make philanthropic contributions to:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, creed, religion, age, national origin, gender or sexual orientation
  • Organizations or programs that are primarily religious in nature or purpose
  • Labor unions
  • Political organizations or candidates for public office
  • Individuals
  • Sports teams
  • Individual primary or secondary schools
  • Organizations or programs that are controversial based on political or cultural norms
  • Pass-through non-profits (third-party support)

Support in previous years does not guarantee an organization will automatically receive support from Ent in subsequent years.

The committee will meet on a quarterly basis. Starting in July 2021, they will meet on the following dates:

September 2, 2021

June 2, 2022

December 2, 2021

September 1, 2022

March 3, 2022

December 1, 2022

Applications that were submitted in May and June 2021 will be reviewed in July to accommodate for the new process changes.

All nonprofit organizations will receive an email confirmation that their application was received. Once the Decision Committee meets, nonprofit organizations will receive an email from Ent regarding their decision. If awarded, a check will be delivered through Ent’s partner, Pikes Peak Community Foundation.