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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and School Districts
in Eligible Counties to Address the Needs of PreK-12 Students

Building a Culture of Equitable Social-Emotional Learning in Education

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Rose Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/28/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, schools, government entities, and school districts in eligible locations to address the social, emotional, and educational needs of PreK-12 students. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to create an environment that equitably integrates efforts to strengthen social and emotional needs and academic learning. Priority will be given to applications focused on Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver counties, or specific neighborhoods in Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, and Jefferson counties with demonstrated needs established through data. Collaborative projects are strongly encouraged to apply.

Programs should address adult mindsets and skills as well as school and district policies, with a focus on the teachers and administrators that create and contribute to classroom culture. The Foundation is interested in hearing from applicants serving populations furthest from opportunity, especially low-income students and students/educators of color, and that can build on previous work and momentum in this space and demonstrate deep collaboration in/with school systems. 

The Foundation seeks proposals that: 

  • Shift the focus away from “fixing kids” and toward addressing adult mindsets and skills as well as school and district policies to create an equitable learning environment.
  • Consider and engage the context in which students live. Societal realities (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia), individual realities (e.g., socioeconomic status, family dynamics, experiences in schools, access to opportunities), and cultural backgrounds that influence social-emotional learning and academic development.
  • Recognize and support the link between educators’ (and other trusted adults’) well-being and staff and student social and emotional skills.
  • Develop social and emotional skill-building by focusing first on the adults to ensure they can model positive social and emotional skills and competencies for students
  • Demonstrate strategies that focus on providing guidance to educators and staff on how to integrate SEL instruction into school-day academics and out-of-school time activities.
  • Can leverage this opportunity to amplify other financial resources and grants (i.e. matching funds, accessing state or federal dollars).

Additional criteria:

  • Collaborative approach (district/group of schools and provider)
  • Commitment to advancing equity across gender, race, sexual orientation, income, ability, and geography
  • Organization or project includes diverse perspectives and experiences, and diverse populations are engaged in leadership, design, and implementation
  • Executive leadership, board, and staff are representative of the communities the organization serves
  • Community engagement and participation inform the organization’s work
  • Financial picture of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202908

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

20-30 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding amounts will be determined based on the program or project budget, number of staff engaged, and the number of students impacted. Grant amounts may range between $25,000 to $100,000:
- Program/project budget of $250,000 and below: up to $25,000
- Program/project budget of $250,001 – $750,000: up to $50,000
- Program/project budget of $750,001 – $1,000,000: up to $75,000
- Program/project budget above $1,000,000: up to $100,000

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is open to nonprofit organizations, schools/school districts, government agencies, or fiscally sponsored projects in the seven-county Greater Denver region: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties

Organizations funded through donor-advised funds, Rose Youth Foundation, Roots and Branches, or other giving circles at Rose Community Foundation are eligible for this opportunity, as long as other eligibility requirements are met. Organizations that house endowments at Rose Community Foundation are eligible to apply.

Organizations that have current funding through Rose Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking are not eligible to apply for this opportunity. If you have questions about whether you have current funding through Rose Community Foundation and which department it comes from, please reach out to Chen-Pin Hu, grants associate.

Pre-proposal Conference:

You may sign up for a 20-minute session to talk with a program officer. Staff will be available for questions about the application for invited applicants from June 1–28.

Click here to set up a meeting with Maria Torres:

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Intent are due by 5 pm on May 16, 2022
- LOI decisions: May 31, 2022
- If invited, applications are due by 5 pm on June 28, 2022.
- Notifications about grant decisions will be sent via email by August 26, 2022.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to Chen-Pin Hu, Grants Associate, at or 303.398.7413.

If you have questions about the grants portal or need assistance with access, please contact grants manager Kelly Costello at

Rose Community Foundation
4500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80246

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