Apply For a Grant

Are you a nonprofit that focuses on youth development or environmental sustainability in one of Vail Resorts’ Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe or Wyoming communities? If so, we are interested in potentially partnering with you through the annual EpicPromise grant program. 


How We Give

Vail Resorts supports our EpicPromise partnerships through a combination of cash grants, product donations and volunteer time.

We provide both cash grants and in-kind support to bolster programs and/or fundraising events. Please consider all of your organization's needs for the entire year (both cash and in-kind) and group them into one request.

Where We Give

Vail Resorts only supports nonprofits that are based in our communities:

  • Vail/Beaver Creek: Eagle County, Colorado
  • Breckenridge/Keystone: Summit County/Park County, Colorado
  • Heavenly and Kirkwood: South Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Minden, Meyers, Jackson and Gardnerville, California
  • Northstar: Truckee, Tahoe City, and King’s Beach, California
  • Park City: Summit and Wasatch Counties, Utah
  • Afton Alps: Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Mt. Brighton: Greater Detroit, Michigan

What We Support

Our EpicPromise grants and donations focus on youth programs and environmental initiatives that impact our local communities. We require a mid-year progress update and year-end report for all cash grants and for all in-kind donations valued more than $1,000. In addition, we ask our nonprofit partners to help us promote our partnership locally and measure the impact of our dollars in a variety of ways. 

We do not:

  • Provide support for capital projects
  • Support individual fundraising efforts like Relay for Life or individual classrooms
  • Support religious organizations whose focus is religious education or that teaches religion in any way
  • Support organizations - neither with cash or in-kind donations - that fall outside our focus areas or local communities

How to Apply

Vail Resorts uses an online application program. All organizations will be asked to set up a user account with a login and password. 

Local Giving Councils will review all applications and announce awards within a couple months of the application deadline. A few other tips:

  • You will be required to log in and create a profile for your organization.
  • Familiarize yourself with the application and gather all supporting documents including:
    • Project timelines
    • IRS (c)3 confirmation letter
    • IRS 990 form
    • 2016 progrect/program budget vs. actual to date
    • 2016 Board Member list
    • A letter from a Board member or community leader, advocating their support for your program and your request.
  • Please think creatively about how Vail Resorts might support your organization through product donations like lift tickets, ski passes, lodging, dining, transportation and spa gift cards. These items can be just as valuable as cash, offsetting program expenses and/or generating support at fundraising events.
  • You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. You can start it, save and come back to finish and submit at a later date. 
  • To discuss your potential ask or get your questions answered, contact Nicky DeFord at 720-524-5020.

If Vail Resorts has not worked with your organization before and you believe that you fit our requirements, please contact Nicky DeFord at 720-524-5020 to discuss a potential partnership.

Grant Deadlines

Jackson, WY nonprofits: The 2017 grant cycle for Jackson, WY will open in May. Please check back at that time. All awarded non-profit partners will be notified in late summer 2017 and will receive their cash support directly from Old Bill's Fun Run. Questions? Contact Nicky DeFord at 720-524-5020.  

Colorado, Tahoe and Utah nonprofits: The 2017 grant cycle for Colorado, Tahoe and Utah communities will open over the summer, with grant applications being due back in the early fall. If you would like to apply for a grant and have not received and email with the application link by mid summer, please email Nicky DeFord ( to discuss a potential partnership. All non-profit partners will receive notification of their support by mid December 2017.