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DHS Announces Mini-Grant Opportunities to Promote Child Safety and Family Wellness

Community organizations in Denver can apply for up to $1,500 for events and programs to prevent child abuse

DENVER Jan. 13, 2017 – Keeping families strong and children safe is a role all people play in Denver, especially community organizations who interact with children and families regularly in their own neighborhoods. Denver Human Services (DHS) announced grant funding opportunities today for Denver community organizations to organize community events and programs in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The announcement, made in a letter to community partners sent today and signed by Joe Homlar, deputy executive director of DHS’ Protection and Prevention programs, marks the third year in a row the department will award mini-grants to community partners in Denver as a means of educating the community about keeping kids safe and families strong through community activities during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 27.

Awardees’ activities will coincide with other events planned by DHS for the month of April, including a family wellness fair and pinwheel plantings. The grant funding is a means of showing department support for community initiatives around child safety and family well-being.

“Healthy communities are vital to supporting and building foundations for healthy, strong families and children,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “By supporting our community partners, we are able to help families learn, grow and thrive and in turn, can help prevent more children from encountering the child welfare system.”

This year, new applicants will be considered for 10 $1,500 awards and previous recipients of Child Abuse Prevention Month grant funds can apply for 10 awards of $750. DHS Prevention Services will award funds through a competitive process based on applicants’ proposed use of the funds to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. The application can be accessed online  along with the required W-9 tax document.

In the letter, Homlar wrote, “We recognize that we cannot take on this important task alone; we need our great community partners!”