Grants Program



History & Purpose

History & Purpose

Partnering with nonprofit organizations and community involvement have always been a significant part of New Belgium's ethos. We strive to positively impact communities where we do business, to give back to those who have supported us along the way and to advocate for a future that's bright for all.


In 1995 when the Grants Program was conceived, $1 for every barrel of beer sold was donated to nonprofit organizations in communities where our beer was distributed. This effort spurred the establishment of the coworker grants committee that, to this day, remains the backbone of the program. This inter-departmental group, open to all coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of focus.


Since its inception, New Belgium has donated more than $11.3 million through the Grants Program. All told we've donated more than $27 million to help solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges through grants and other giving initiatives. Review our giving in our 2019 grants program report.


The purpose of the program is to serve and connect with communities where we sell our beers. We want to cultivate relationships and support those making an impact. Our program consists of both small and large grants and has had several focus areas over the years including:  youth environmental education; sustainable agriculture; smart growth and climate; water conservation and restoration; social equity; bicycle advocacy; sustainable transportation; the arts; and substance abuse support. We are incredibly proud of our partnerships and the achievements of New Belgium grantees across the country.


New Belgium Brewing’s Grant Program is a separate and distinct entity from the New Belgium Family Foundation.  You can learn more about the New Belgium Family Foundation HERE.

2020 Large Grant Program

2020 Large Grant Program

Large grants allow us the opportunity to deepen relationships with organizations we've worked with over time and expand our impact on causes we care about.  In 2020 our Large Grant Program will focus on the following three cause areas:  Climate Action; Land + Water; and Social Equity.


Large grants are by invitation only. Thank you for your understanding.

2020 Small Grant Program

2020 Small Grant Program

Small grants ensure our funds are directed at community impacts and engage individuals at the grassroots level. Funding decisions are made by our Corporate Social Responsibility Team and Coworker Grants Committee. This inter-departmental group, open to all coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of focus.


2020 Small Grant Focus Area - Bicycle Advocacy

It's no secret, we like bikes! The bicycle is near and dear to our New Belgium hearts, as you might notice from the label of our flagship beer, Fat Tire. Not only is the bicycle all kinds of fun to ride, but as our friend Jimmy Hallyburton says, it allows us to experience our communities and our world at the speed of discovery: to connect with the world around us in a way that simply cannot be achieved when a car door is separating us from our surroundings.

We are in support of Bicycle Advocacy projects that break down barriers and foster support for riders of all ages and abilities. Specifically, we are looking to fund grassroots level programs that focus on increasing daily ridership. We believe the bicycle keeps ourselves and the planet healthy, and we celebrate it daily here at the brewery. Ride on!

Accepting applications March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020. 


We Do Not Fund:

  • Programming or project falls outside the Bicycle Advocacy focus area
  • Organizations receiving New Belgium funding, sponsorship and/or in-kind donation of beer or any New Belgium goods amounting to more than $2500 in a calendar year
  • Organizations without 501(c)3 status, while exceptions are made, we typically do not fund organizations utilizing a fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations who partner with Tour de Fat and receive funds from this event
  • Debt reduction
  • Requests from individuals including scholarships
  • Conferences, conventions or workshops
  • Organizations/ programming for religious purposes
  • Fundraising events, music festivals, film festivals or cultural events
  • Direct submittals from public or private schools
  • General operating requests, institutional overhead, indirect costs, or facilities and administration costs
  • Capital campaigns
  • Foundations who allocate requested funds to other organizations, individuals, or schools
  • City, County or State agencies
  • Organizations that have received consecutive grant funding over a three year period are not eligible to apply for one calendar year

Geographic Funding Area

Cheers! New Belgium beer is available nationwide. Which means organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are eligible for funding. We do not offer grants to international programs at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Non-Discrimination Policy
New Belgium does not provide support to organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age (40 and older), physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.



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