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Community Grants2018-08-03T10:21:20+00:00

Community Grants Program

Communities are safer when we are connected to one another and can respond to community needs through effective services and programs. The Local Planning Teams have determined grant priorities for their communities and set the geographic boundaries within which eligible grant applicants must provide services.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs selected The Denver Foundation, a community foundation, to facilitate the local planning process and manage the grant program created by HB17-1326 in both North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs.

Meet the Grant Program Partners

The Denver Foundation has been inspiring people and mobilizing resources to strengthen communities across Colorado since 1925 by distributing grants, powering the generosity of local donors, and addressing key issues in partnership with community leaders.

For more information about the Transforming Safety Grant Program, contact:
Patrick Horvath – Email

Council of Neighbors and Organizations’ (CONO) support and resources create safer and healthier neighborhoods and empower leaders and change communities one neighborhood at a time. CONO will work as a formal partner with The Denver Foundation to ensure coordination of community outreach, manage logistics for all Local Planning Team meetings, and document meeting discussion and decisions for posting on the public Transforming Safety website.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation was formed in 1928 to build a permanent charitable endowment to improve the quality of life in our community. The Pikes Peak Community Foundation will work as a formal partner with The Denver Foundation to manage the grant review process and make recommendations for grant funding in Southeast Colorado Springs to be approved by the State Department of Local Affairs.

The Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL) has been chosen to coordinate the project’s evaluation, build the data systems and provide technical assistance to grantees.

Who is eligible for a grant?

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (must be registered and in good standing with the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State or have a fiscal sponsor that is registered and in good standing with the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State)
  • Local government
  • Schools (public, private, charter)
  • Applicants must serve the North Aurora or Southeast Colorado Springs areas:
  • The Local Planning Teams in both North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs have worked diligently to determine grant priorities for their communities, and to set the geographic boundaries within which eligible grant applicants must provide services. They concluded their work in late February, 2018.
  • The foundations have turned these priorities into grant guidelines and developed an application process.
  • A grant selection committee comprised of people from the foundation and the local community will review and make recommendations regarding which grants should be approved.
  • The final decisions on grant awards will be made by the Department of Local Affairs and the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting.
  • Successful applicants can only receive one grant in a 12-month period.

Grant application process and deadlines:

2018 Application Deadlines Grant decisions
April 2, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. May 2018: Download the Spring 2018 Grantees List [PDF]
September 4, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. By end of October 2018

Transforming Safety will have additional grant deadlines in April 2019​, September ​​2019​, and April 2020.

Apply for a grant

For instructions on how to apply for a grant, please visit The Denver Foundation’s Transforming Safety application page.  The Denver Foundation prefers that applicants submit through its online grants portal. You must register with the site before you submit.  It is strongly recommended that you visit the site to register well in advance of the application deadline. If you are unable to use the online application system, please call The Denver Foundation at 303-300-1790 and ask to speak to a grants manager. They will work with you to accommodate your needs.

Grant Application Workshop

Transforming Safety North Aurora Grant Workshop
Mon., Aug. 27, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Aurora Strong Resilience Center, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora, CO

If you are applying for a Transforming Safety grant in North Aurora for the the September 2018 grant round and would like to go over your application with The Denver Foundation before you submit it, please plan to attend this upcoming workshop. Denver Foundation staff will meet with you privately to give you feedback on your application, and to ensure that you have everything in order to submit a complete and competitive application. This workshop will be especially useful for groups that have not submitted a Transforming Safety application before, and/or smaller groups that do not have a lot of experience writing grant applications.

You MUST bring a completed copy of your application, including copies of the documents you intend to submit as attachments. To print a complete copy of the application before you submit it, you must be registered with the The Denver Foundation as a grant writer. Instructions for how to do this are at The Denver Foundation’s Transforming Safety application page. Once you have registered, sign in to the grant application site. Under Grant Writer on the right side of the page, click on Available Applications. Scroll down to Transforming Safety Colorado – North Aurora, and click the link to go to the application. At the top of the grant application page, click on Printer Friendly Version, and then click the Continue button. This will enable you to print a copy of the entire application, which you can then use to create your draft. If you are not using a fiscal sponsor you can ignore all the questions about fiscal sponsorship.

Appointments will be for a maximum of 20 minutes.

If you plan to attend, please email Patrick Horvath at phorvath@denverfoundation.org by August 23rd.

Grant funds can be used for:

North Aurora

  • Support adults and youth who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system in order to reduce recidivism or incidence of reoffending.
  • Help youth (up to age 25) develop the skills and resilience to avoid, reduce, or stop high risk behaviors that can lead to involvement with the criminal justice system.

  • Reduce/prevent crime affecting the most vulnerable people in the North Aurora community, with a particular focus on people experiencing homelessness, immigrants, victims of sexual assault, and victims of sex trafficking.
  • Increase academic achievement by reducing rates of school suspension, expulsion, and referrals to law enforcement, with a particular emphasis on students of color.

Southeast Colorado Springs

  • Support adults and youth who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system in order to reduce recidivism or incidence of reoffending.
  • Help youth (up to age 25) develop the skills and resilience to avoid, reduce, or stop high risk behaviors that can lead to involvement with the criminal justice system.
  • Address systemic causes of economic, racial, and academic disparities.
  • Improve community-based supports to reduce violence and neglect in families.

Have more questions about the Transforming Safety Community Grants program?

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