We’ve compiled a list of answers to commonly asked questions to help equip and prepare you to more confidently apply.

General Questions and Eligibility

Will Caring for Denver Foundation staff discuss ideas before submission?

We encourage grant seekers to consider contacting a program officer to discuss the fit of the project/program with our currently open call for proposals. If you are unsure which program officer to call please contact our grants director, Leah Spielberg, who can provide guidance.

Does my organization or project have to be in the City and County of Denver?

Your organization does not have to be located in Denver. However, based on the founding ordinance, we accept applications for programs or projects that serve the residents of the city and county of Denver. Programs or projects with a broader geographic focus may apply; however, the proposal must address its relevance to and the impact on people living within the City and County of Denver. We can only consider grant funding for the portion of your program or project that serves Denver residents.

Who is considered a resident of the City and County of Denver?

We consider the following individuals to be City residents:

  • An individual physically residing full time in the City;
  • An individual experiencing homelessness presenting in the City and intending to stay in the City;
  • An individual physically residing part time in the City, under 21 years of age and in the custody of Denver Human Services (“DHS”);
  • An individual physically residing part time in the City, who has resided outside of the City for 90 days or more, is under 21 years of age and in DHS custody or under 18 years of age and in primary legal and residency custody of a City resident; or
  • A non-City resident who is placed in a mental health or substance abuse program while in a City Jail.

Non-profit grantees will be required to sign a document of affirmation that funds will be used to support residents of the City as part of the grant agreement for funded proposals.

Is my organization eligible to receive funding from Caring for Denver?

Organizations that are eligible include:

  • Charitable organizations designated by the IRS as tax exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) or under other sections of the U.S. tax code;
  • Government-supported entities, including schools, museums or libraries;
  • City agencies; and
  • Faith-based organizations if they are designated by the IRS as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization and all Foundation grant funds are used for non-religious purposes.

Does Caring for Denver Foundation provide general operating support or fund capital campaigns?

Currently we do not fund general operating support or fund capital campaigns.

Does Caring for Denver have a minimum or maximum amount that can be requested?

We do not have a minimum or maximum amount that can be requested. Organization should request a reasonable amount of financial support to implement your project or program. We rarely prefer to be the sole funder of a project and encourage applicants to develop diversified funding streams comprised of individual, government and private funding sources for projects and programs.

May I submit a multiyear grant?

Yes. We recognize that some types of programs and projects may be more successful when the grant is awarded for a period longer than one year. We will accept applications for grants up to three years. When submitting a multiyear request, the budget and budget narrative must include the costs for each year.

If I know a member of the Caring for Denver Board of Directors, does it increase the likelihood that my application will be approved if I contact them?

No. In fact, we encourage all board members to refer all calls regarding requests to program staff. View our Conflict of Interest Policy for more information about how we handle potential conflicts.

What will Caring for Denver not fund?

Grant requests for the following will generally not be supported:

  • Endowments;
  • Annual appeals or membership drives and underwriting;
  • Partisan causes;
  • Fellowships or scholarships;
  • Debt reduction; and
  • Grants to individuals to cover the cost of their care.

We will not make grants to, participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, in support of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

If you are interested in what other areas we will be funding, view our strategic funding areas.

How to Apply?

How do I find out about funding opportunities available through the Caring for Denver?

Periodically, we will issue a call for proposals to alert organizations that we are taking applications for a new funding area. We will have one funding area open at a time. The call for proposals will be sent out through email to organizations registered through our online grant portal and posted on our website. To find out which funding area is open for applications now, visit current call for proposals.

If you are interested in what other areas we will be funding, view our strategic funding areas

What will the Caring for Denver not fund?

Grant requests for the following will generally not be supported:

  • Endowments;
  • Annual appeals or membership drives and underwriting;
  • Partisan causes;
  • Fellowships or scholarships;
  • Debt reduction; and
  • Grants to individuals to cover the cost of their care.

We will not make grants to, participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, in support of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

If you are interested in what other areas we will be funding, view our strategic funding areas.

Can an eligible organization apply and be funded in more than one priority areas?

Yes.

How do I apply?

All applications must be submitted online through our online grant portal. Prior to submitting an application, your organization must complete the eligibility screening and register in our grants portal. More detailed instructions can be found here.

Is there a standard format for applications?

Yes. Our application is online. Potential applicants should create an account and log in to the online grant portal to review the application questions and required uploads. You can also view the application questions here.

Does the Caring for Denver accept the Colorado Common Grant Application?

No. Our online application is available in online grant portal.

Does the Caring for Denver have deadlines for applications?

Each call for proposal will include a specific deadline. Refer to the current call for proposals when applications are due.

What is a budget narrative?

Briefly, it is an explanation of any significant budget item. This narrative helps our staff understand why the applicant needs the funds requested and how the funds will be used. View the Budget Narrative instructions.

Decision-Making Process

What happens after I submit a grant application?

Once your application is complete, it will be assigned to program staff for review. A program officer will speak with you further and may request a meeting and additional information. In certain cases, we may ask applicants to respond to additional application questions as part of a two-phase application process. You can also expect the program officer to work with you on defining, refining or creating specific metrics for your project or program. These metrics will be used as indicators to assess impact and determine if programmatic modifications are needed.

In the course of the application review, applicants are also asked to share with the program officer any new information that may significantly affect the proposed project.

How long does the review process take?

We will process the applications as quickly as possible. The timeframe for completing the review process for grants varies based on a number of factors, including the volume of applications received in response to a call for proposals.

How will my organization know if our application has been approved?

The program officer will contact you after a decision is made.

What can I expect after my organization’s application has been approved?

We will email you an award letter and a grant agreement with general grant terms, conditions and understandings. The agreement outlines the payment and reporting schedule as well as other pertinent details and requirements.

Grants Portal

Where can I find help with creating an account and using the online grant application system?

You can find training documents or watch the tutorial videos on our website. If you still have questions or need assistance, contact our grants manager, Leah Spielberg. If you have trouble after hours, save your application and leave a message. Your call or email will be returned during business hours.

Where can I access the grants portal?

You can access the grants portal here.

The person who submitted our grant documents is no longer with our organization. How can I gain access to his/her online account?

To gain access to past grant applications and other documents in your grants portal, please contact our grants manager, Leah Spielberg, who can manage your organization’s account and delegate access.

Current Grantees

Do I need to turn in reports?

If you are awarded a grant, we require a final status report one month the end of the grant period. If the grant is multi-year, interim reports are required annually. In some cases, we may require more frequent reports, which will be specified in the grant agreement.

How can I access and submit my report?

All report must be submitted through our grants portal.

What will you be looking for in the report?

We are a learning organization and want to partner with our grantees in learning what works and does not work so that we can extrapolate the learning across organizations, projects and the community. Because we are focused on learning with our grantees, our report is structured is to capture your results and what changes you may want to test to improve or sustain program activities to increase the likelihood of accomplishing your project milestones and improving any metrics or measures you have identified with your program officer.

How do I submit documentation of matching funds or fulfillment of a grant contingency?

All contingency fulfillment documentation must be submitted online through our grants portal. We will not accept this documentation via email, US mail or in person unless prior approved by the grants manager.

How do I request a modification to my current grant?

To request a modification to your current grant including a change in scope, budget revisions or grant term extension, please complete and submit an amendment request in the grants portal. If you are not sure how to complete the amendment request, please refer to the tutorial. If you still have questions, contact our contact our grants manager, Leah Spielberg.

What can I expect from my program officer when I am a grantee?

Your program will periodically check-in with you to get updates on your progress in between required reports and to facilitate discussions around lessons learned and any other learning that can be applied to improve or sustain program activities. The check-in may be in person or over the phone. During these check-ins, we encourage you to discuss any grant modifications before submitting grant amendment in the grants portal.