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Our Grant Process

We open one funding area at a time to create impact that improves systems. Below you’ll find the process, requirements, and instructions for starting an application.

Calls for proposal dates & deadlines


Call for Proposals release

November 8, 2022

Application deadline

December 14, 2022


Proposal submissions are now closed.

(All applicants will be notified of their status in Late November 2022)

Alternatives to Jail

Proposal submissions are now closed.

(All applicants were notified of their status in July 2022)

Our Funding Areas

Alternatives to Jail

Community-Centered Solutions & Care Provision


We invest in youth-informed, and youth-led mental health and substance misuse supports that strengthen youth’s ability to manage life pressures, and help families and allies of youth better support youth in their healing. 

We Fund:

  • Applicant seekers must be located and/or offer services in Denver and to Denver residents
  • Nonprofit organizations designated by the IRS as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), or under other sections of the code or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity
  • Faith-based organizations designated by the IRS as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, if all Foundation grant funds are used for non-religious purposes
  • Any Indian or Native American entity
  • Government-supported entities, including schools, museums or libraries, and City and County of Denver agencies

We do not fund:

  • Grants to individuals, for-profit organizations, or private foundations
  • Annual appeals, membership drives, underwriting, or fundraising events
  • Endowments
  • Loans
  • Fellowships or scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Partisan causes
  • Programs that require participation or membership in a certain religion or seek to advance a particular religious faith or belief

How to Apply

See what we’re funding

Review the general criteria, our current Call for Proposals, and specific funding area requirements to see if you’re eligible.

Gather application resources

Visit our Resources page to see what documents you’ll need to apply and register in our Grants Portal by the registration date listed in the current Call for Proposals.

Submit your application

Complete your application online. We may contact you for additional information, documents, or to schedule a site visit before making a final decision.

Need a little more detail? Visit our FAQ page for some commonly asked questions.

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Tish Gonzales,
Grants and Operations Manager

Still have questions? Feeling stuck? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

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