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Current Focus Area: Alternatives to Jail

In partnership with community, our current Call for Proposals supports a diversity of projects – from preventing people with substance misuse and mental health conditions from unnecessarily interacting with law enforcement or other aspects of the justice system, to addressing mental health and substance misuse needs in jail or prison systems, to providing culturally responsive services based in community that promote mental health and address substance misuse for those impacted by or leaving the criminal justice system. 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: April 2022
    • Deadline for applications was May 11. All applicants will be notified of their status in late July 2022.
  • Call for Proposals release for Community-Centered Solutions & Care Provision: August 2022

  • Call for Proposals release for Youth: November 2022

    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 Alternatives to Jail focus area will support projects/programs that address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse challenges in at least one of the areas below:
    • Reduced substance misuse (including maintained healthy relationship with substances) for those at risk of entering, involved with, and exiting the criminal justice system to reduce the likelihood of entering or re-entering the criminal justice system
    • Improved or maintained positive mental health (including reduced harm to self and others) for those at risk of entering, involved with, and exiting the criminal justice system to reduce the likelihood of entering or re-entering the criminal justice system
    • Increased equity in mental health and substance misuse outcomes for those at risk of entering, involved with, and exiting the criminal justice system to reduce the likelihood of entering or re-entering the criminal justice system
    • Reduced entry or recidivism into the criminal justice system for those experiencing mental health and substance misuse challenges

    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.

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    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.

    Questions?

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