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A New Vision For Public Safety

Transforming Public Safety Through Community Development

The Transforming Safety project invests in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs to support community development through small business loan and grant programs. The project uses a new safety framework that focuses on preventing crime in the first place by:

  • Focusing on economic and community development in specific neighborhoods more impacted by crime and justice system involvement
  • Empowering local community members to identify priorities and solutions
  • Providing funding to the community
  • Using a private sector approach that braids both for-profit and non-profit strengths

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North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs

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SMALL BUSINESS LOANS

$1 million a year to Community Development Financial Institutions for small business lending. The loan program will expand small business lending in the target communities of N Aurora and SE Colorado Springs. Small business loans are limited to 5 years and $50,000.

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COMMUNITY GRANTS

$3 million a year for a grant program, managed by The Denver Foundation, that will award grants based on the crime prevention priorities identified by each local planning team. Grant application information for both North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs is now available.

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LOCAL PLANNING TEAMS

Through an open application process, local planning teams will be selected for N Aurora and SE Colorado Springs. Each planning team will determine their community’s crime prevention priorities for the grant program. The planning teams are required to represent a diverse cross-section of the community including: education, business/workforce, youth & families, nonprofit direct service, faith leaders, law enforcement/local government, and residents, including those that have been directly impacted by crime and involvement in the criminal justice system.

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Investing in Safer Communities

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Community Voices

Hear from North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs