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

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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

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.

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.

Who is eligible for a grant?

The Transforming Safety grant program made two rounds of grants to community partners in both North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs. The first grant round concluded in May 2018, and the second concluded in October 2018. Grantees from each of these rounds will be eligible to re-apply in April and September 2019 respectively. In order to give these grantees the opportunity to develop and document the outcomes from their Transforming Safety programs, the remaining rounds of grant funding will be focused on renewal grants to these grantees. The Transforming Safety grant program will thus not be inviting new applications in 2019. For more information, please contact Patrick Horvath at The Denver Foundation, phorvath@denverfoundation.org or 303-996-7356.

  • 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.

Transforming Safety Grantees

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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