Current Focus Area: Community-Centered Solutions

In partnership with community, our current Call for Proposals will promote the power of community by harnessing community knowledge, strengths, and resources to foster local connectedness and support.

Grants Timeline

As we continue our work, we plan to open one funding area at a time with the release of new Calls for Proposals. The tentative schedule for release of each Call for Proposal is as follows:

  • Call for Proposals release for Alternatives to Jail: April 2020
    • Proposal submissions are now closed.
    • All applicants were notified of their status in August 2020
  • Call for Proposals release for Community-Centered Solutions: August 2020
    • Proposal submissions are now closed.
    • All applicants will be notified of their status in November 2020
  • Call for Proposals release for Youth: Winter 2020
  • Call for Proposals release for Care Provision: Early 2021
  • Call for Proposals release for Alternatives to Jail: Spring 2021

The release dates for each call for proposal is subject to change. Additional Calls for Proposals for current focus areas will be determined by factors including application volume, need, and community input.

Check back for more information on future funding opportunities and Calls for Proposals. Follow us on Facebook for updates on future funding opportunities.

Overview: Getting to Outcomes

Community-Centered Solutions is directed at existing and new, innovative community-based supports that address mental health and/or substance misuse needs in Denver and prioritize access, equity, community connections, and/or address the stigma that discourage those in need from seeking support.

Through our investments, there will be:

  • Greater public visibility around mental health and substance misuse that reduces stigma and/or increases understanding and supportive actions by community members
  • Increased connections to and use of social networks and relationships that reduce isolation
  • Increased use of supports meeting people where they are that address mental health and/or substance misuse needs in community

Community-Centered Solutions Grant Eligibility

We are no longer accepting proposals for our Community-Centered Solutions funding area. Check back soon for updates. Below are the eligibility guidelines for our funding.

Applicant seekers must be located and/or offer services in Denver and to Denver residents. Please see our grant guidelines for more detail in the FAQ.

Applicants can be any nonprofit organization 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 are eligible to apply so long as they are designated by the IRS as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization and all Foundation grant funds are used for non-religious purposes. Applicants may also be any Indian or Native American entity. Government-supported entities, including schools, museums or libraries, as well as City and County of Denver agencies.

Caring for Denver Foundation will 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; and
  • Religious purposes; 

Grant requests for the following are generally not supported at this time:

  • General operating costs;
  • Capital projects; and
  • Program-related investments.

We will not make grants to organizations that practice discrimination of any kind.

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.

​Our founding ordinance prohibits us from using our grant dollars to supplant existing funds. Grant recipients may not replace existing federal, state, city or other local agency funds with funds from Caring for Denver. However, our funds may be used to supplement existing funds to replicate or expand the scope of an existing program or project.


Community-Centered Solutions

Learn more about our Community-Centered Solutions priority area and our other areas of focus.

Application Process

Familiarize yourself with important dates, deadlnes, and requirements before you apply for a grant.

Grants FAQ

We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions to equip you to more confidently apply.


New $5M Community-Centered Solutions now closed. Check back soon for updates!