Promote the power of community.

Denver spoke. We listened. We must use community knowledge, strengths, and resources to foster local connectedness and support.

Increase access to local care support.

Transportation, wait times, and traditional work hours keep people from getting the support they need when they need it. Supports need to show up in places and spaces that communities already know, visit, and trust.

Promote and utilize community assets.

There aren’t enough responses to mental health and substance misuse designed by and for the community. To meet people where they are, we must partner with communities and support efforts that are already working as well as new, innovative, and nontraditional solutions.

Increase trusted community.

There’s a strong link between isolation and mental health and substance misuse. We need to understand and address what communities are going through by giving them space, language, mentoring, and peer opportunities to support each other.

Community-Centered Solutions Grants

As of December 21, 2020, Caring for Denver has approved 26 grants totaling more than $5.8 million to community-based nonprofit organizations in the Community-Centered Solutions priority area.

Grants will promote innovative community-based mental health, and substance misuse supports that prioritize access, cultural relevance, and community collaboration. Grantees will provide supports accessible in places and spaces people live, know, visit, learn, and trust.

One hundred percent of the funded organizations are led either by persons with lived experience related to mental health and substance misuse or by members of the community the organization serves.

Grantees include:

  • Benefits in Action
  • The Center for African American Health
  • Centro Humanitario
  • CHARG Resource Center
  • Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
  • Colorado Artists in Recovery
  • Colorado Gerontological Society
  • Colorado Village Collaborative
  • D3 Arts
  • Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Denver Public Library Friends
  • The Don’t Look Back Center
  • Envision: You
  • The Gathering Place
  • La Cocina
  • Mirror Image Arts
  • Montbello Organizing Committee
  • Platteforum
  • Project Helping
  • Sisters of Color United for Education
  • Sober AF Entertainment
  • The Storytellers Project
  • Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
  • Think 360 Arts for Learning
  • ViVe
  • Youth Seen


View a Summary of the Community-Centered Solutions Grants

Community-Centered Solutions
Learning Brief

Caring For Denver Foundation is committed to learning both as a measure of progress and to guide our future actions. Deeply listening to our grantees and their expertise is part of this commitment. Learning Briefs share back what we’ve learned and how grantees are helping us think about our work differently.

Download the Community-Centered Solutions Learning Brief.

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