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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Tribes, Faith-Based Organizations, and Government Entities to Benefit Youth in Eligible Locations


Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado: Denver

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Caring for Denver Foundation Grant - Youth

Caring for Denver Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #193255

Grant Description

Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, Tribal entities, faith-based organizations, and government entities, including schools, libraries, and museums, to promote youth mental health and well-being in eligible locations. Applicants must complete required registrations a minimum of two days prior to applying. Applicants must be located and/or offer services in Denver and to Denver residents.

The Foundation aims to fund youth informed/youth-led, trusted, innovative mental health, trauma, and/or substance misuse supports, which increase youth’s ability to manage life stresses and pressures; address mental health and substance misuse early; and/or provide supports for families and allies of youth to better support youth in their healing. Proposals need not address the entire age range.

The Foundation will prioritize funding for projects and programs that address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse challenges in at least one of the areas below:

  • Inclusive Access: Help youth, pregnant people, and other family/caregivers access care and support in ways that make sense for them, in places that feel comfortable, and at times that fit their schedules, so they are better able to participate, learn, build skills, and address mental health and substance misuse issues.
  • Attention to Fit: Ensure that when youth, families, and pregnant people seek care, they feel understood, connected, and respected by those providing care—primarily through culturally affirming care options.
    Also, ensure the mental health needs of those supporting youth, family, and pregnant people are supported so they can be at their best as they help others.
  • Care Over Time: Improve care transitions, making them easier and more seamless for youth and pregnant people, families, and allies. The goal is to increase stability and minimize the starts and stops in mental health and substance misuse care.

Applicants must explain how their work will support at least one of the shared impact goals below, and, if possible, how they intend to measure their progress toward impact.

  • Reduced substance misuse (including maintained healthy relationship with substances)
  • Improved or maintained positive mental health (including reduced harm to self and others)
  • Increased equity in mental health and substance misuse outcomes

Grant decisions will favor programs/projects that:

  • Are youth-informed/youth-led and engage young people as partners in the work
  • Utilize interventions that recognize family, caregivers and allies and the need for intergenerational supports
  • Reach youth, family/caregivers, and pregnant people who have been impacted by trauma and inequitable access to resources and supports
  • Incorporate culturally relevant practices when addressing mental health and substance misuse challenges
  • Support those with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Expand prevention, treatment (in residential, intensive outpatient, and inpatient settings), and/or recovery services for youth struggling with substance misuse and/or mental health challenges
  • Provide services and supports after a mental health and/or substance misuse crisis

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant seekers must be located and/or offer services in Denver and to Denver residents
- Nonprofit organizations 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 designated by the IRS as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, if all Foundation grant funds are used for non-religious purposes
- Any Indian or Native American entity
- Government-supported entities, including schools, museums or libraries, and City and County of Denver agencies

Not Eligible for Funding:
- 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 participation or membership in a certain religion or seek to advance a particular religious faith or belief

Pre-proposal Conference:

November 9
12:00 p.m. (MT)
Facebook Live Event
The Foundation will host a live event on the Foundation Facebook page at for potential applicants to learn more about the focus area and have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Foundation will post a recorded version after the event at

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline and Deadlines:
- November 8, 2022 Opening Date Call for Proposals released
- November 9 12:00 p.m. (MT) Facebook Live Event
- December 12 5:00 p.m. (MT) Registration Deadline (if not already registered)
The Foundation has an online Grants Portal where applicants submit materials. The Foundation asks that you register for an account by this date. If you have already applied or have received funding, you are already registered and may skip this step.
- December 14 5:00 p.m. (MT) Proposals Due
- Late March 2023 Award Notification
All applicants will be notified of their status.

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If you need assistance or have questions about available funding or the application process, reach out to Grants and Operations Manager, Tish Gonzales, at or 720.647.6375.

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