Bar N I Community Service Fund

Based in Trinidad, Colorado, the Bar N I Community Service Fund is a private foundation formed in 2004 to provide support to local communities and service organizations of the Purgatoire Valley.


We give grants to organizations that Pay It Forward, show Personal Ownership, prove Sustainability, provide Leverage, and exhibit Collaboration.


  • The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund (BNI CSF) awards grants to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the Purgatoire Valley area.
  • The BNI CSF Local Advisory Committee recommends grant awards to the fund trustees in areas that represent the most fitting community needs that best match the focus of our mission statement.
  • Grants to programs sponsored by religious organizations may be funded if the program or activity is clearly distinguished from religious activities and if the program or activity is available to all denominations.

Program Policy

The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund will primarily consider grant applications for support of specific programs and activities. Grant applications for capital campaigns and for general support are sometimes, but not usually, recommended. Grant awards generally range from $1000 — $5000 for a one-year period.

Grant Application Process

There are two grant application cycles per year – spring and fall. Organizations will be eligible to receive only one grant per calendar year. Each grant application is in competition with all other qualified grant applications in that grant cycle.

All application are reviewed and judged in how they serve our community and advance the mission of the Bar N I Community Service Fund.

Grant applications will be reviewed by the Local Advisory Committee and prioritized for the Executive Director to present to the Board of Trustees at their Trustee Meetings in May and November. The Board of Trustees makes final decisions on all grant awards.

Declined grant requests are eligible to apply in the next grant cycle. A new grant application must be completed and submitted.


In 2004, through the generosity of the Cabot Family and the Virginia Wellington Cabot estate, the Bar NI Community Service Fund was formed to give back to the local communities and their non-profit organizations near the Bar NI Ranch. It is a private foundation.

Early in 2004 Tom and Linda Perry, then managers of the Bar NI Ranch, gathered community leaders together at the Bar NI Ranch to help identify needs in the community and ideas and ways to address those needs.

Initially the fund was set up to award $20-$25,000 a year in grant awards. In 2006 the Cabot Family again invested in the extended Bar NI Ranch community by almost doubling the annual grant award amount.

Through a series of collaborative community leader meetings the primary areas identified for the BNI CSF to focus their mission on were determined to be:

  • Education
  • Youth Development
  • Environment/Conservation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Civic and Public Benefit

Past Recipients

Click on a year below to see recipients from that year. You can also click on the link for more information.