Current Focus Area: Youth

In partnership with community, our current Call for Proposals supports innovative community-based mental health and/or substance misuse supports which prioritize access, cultural relevance, collaboration with community, and/or address the stigma that discourages those in need from seeking needed support. View our Call for Proposals here.

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 Proposals is as follows:

  • Call for Proposals release for Alternatives to Jail: Spring 2022


  • Call for Proposals release for Youth: November 2021
    • Deadline for applications was December 16, 2021.
    • All applicants will be notified of their status in late March 2022.
  • Call for Proposals release for Community-Centered Solutions & Care Provision: August 2021
    • Deadline for applications was September 2.
    • All applicants will be notified of their status in late November.

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 and sign up for our mailing list for updates on future funding opportunities.

Overview: Getting to Outcomes

The Youth focus area will support innovative community-based mental health and/or substance misuse supports which increase youth’s resilience to life stresses and pressures; address mental health and substance misuse early; and/or provides supports for famlies and allies of youth to better support youth in their healing.

Through our investments:

  • More Denverites have trusted, accessible care that fits their specific mental health and/or substance misuse needs
  • Increased supports for families, caregivers, and allies of youth

Grant Eligibility

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
  • Programs that require  membership in a certain religion or seek to advance a particular religious faith or belief

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

  • General operating costs
  • Facilities projects
  • 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.

More to Explore

Our Work

Learn more about our Focus Areas prioritized by the Denver community.

Application Process

Familiarize yourself with important dates, deadlines, 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.

Grants Resources

We request applicants submit electronic grant applications through our Grants Portal. We provide some resources to help you on your way.


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