Just for Kids accepts applications from organizations or individuals proposing to empower and/or enrich the lives of children in the San Miguel Watershed (Telluride, Norwood, Redvale, Nucla, Naturita, Paradox and in between). Our focus is on children from birth to high school graduation. 

Granting Limits


Just for Kids will accept applications for up to $5,000 from public, private, and nonprofit organizations who are serving groups of children in the San Miguel Watershed.


Individual grants are awarded biannually to middle and high school age students who seek funding for personal enrichment. Maximum award is $500. 


Individuals seeking grant support up to can apply twice/year: during the Spring Man of La Mancha Scholarship Cycle and during the Fall granting process.

The individual grant application is now available here and will be available until March 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Applications from organizations will be accepted starting in September and will be due by October 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM. 

Applications that are received after the deadline will not be accepted.  JFK will not award grants to projects or expenses that have occurred prior to application deadline. 

Applications will be available on this page for both non-profit organizations and individuals  who are pursuing funding for personal enrichment programs.  Grants are awarded at a reception in mid-late December. Amendments to the award process may be made at the discretion of the JFK Board of Directors.


All applicants are required to attend a 15-minute interview with the JFK Board. These interviews are held in Telluride and Norwood for your convenience in October.  A representative will contact you to schedule your interview upon receipt of your application.

JFK Priorities & Criteria for Funding 

  • Projects that provide a high quality experience for children

  • Projects that offer innovative solutions to existing challenges and serve regional youth

  • Projects with outcomes that can be measured to determine effectiveness

  • Organizations/Individuals that demonstrate effective collaborations

  • Organizations/Individuals (if previous JFK recipients) that have successfully used grants from JFK

  • Applications that are complete, submitted on time, and comply with all of the requested requirements

  • Applications submitted by efficient, well-run organizations

Follow Up Form

All recipients are required to complete and submit an on-line Follow-Up Form along with your next grant request for which you are applying for funds OR within one year of your funding (whichever comes first). If a Follow-Up Form is not received within one year of the original application, award winners will be requested to return funds. Repeat requests will not be considered without a Follow-Up Form. 


Click below for the individual grant application. It will be available until March 18, 2019 at 11:59PM

Please check back in September for the organization application and the second cycle of the individual application.