Current Focus Area: Alternatives to Jail

Our first call for proposals is directed at programs, projects and/or activities that address Alternatives to Jail. Calls for proposals for the other priority areas will be released at later dates.

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:

  • First Call for Proposals Release for Alternatives to Jail: April 2020
    • Proposal submissions are now closed.
      All applicants will be notified of their status in August 2020
  • Second focus area Call for Proposals release: anticipated August 2020
  • Third focus area Call for Proposals release: anticipated December 2020
  • Fourth focus area Call for Proposals release: anticipated April 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

Our vision is to move away from a criminal justice response to trauma, mental health and substance misuse crisis response, with care and services provided first, and jail as a last resort.

Through our investments, there will be greater supports upfront and more opportunities to implement treatment and interventions before, during and after criminal justice involvement; and Denver communities investing in alternatives to jail will work together more cohesively and collaboratively so that people are supported and connected throughout their recovery.

We hope that these efforts help reduce incarceration of people with mental health and substance misuse issues; reduce recidivism of people with mental health and substance misuse issues; and those released from the criminal justice system have the resources they need to be met where they are in recovery and live healthy lives in the community.

View our Alternatives to Jail Call for Proposals.

Calls for Proposals for the other priority areas will be released at later dates.

Alternatives to Jail 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:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Fundraising events
  • Capital campaigns or endowments
  • Private foundations
  • Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind


Alternatives to Jail

Learn more about our Alternatives to Jail priority area and our areas of focus in this issue.

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.