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To Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect, DHS Invests in Community Partners

DHS invites Denver community organizations to apply for up to $1,500 in mini-grant funding to support Child Abuse Prevention Month activities

DENVER Keeping families strong and children safe is a role all people play in Denver, especially community organizations who serve as neighborhood gathering places where children and families are safe and supported. Denver Human Services (DHS) is inviting community organizations in Denver to apply for up to $1,500 in mini-grant funding to host community events and programs in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April.

This is the fourth year in a row that DHS will award mini-grants to community partners in Denver as a means of bringing communities together to increase awareness about ways to keep kids safe and families strong through a variety of activities.

The deadline to apply for a prevention mini-grant is Thursday, Feb. 15. This year, new applicants will be considered for one of 10 awards of up to $1,500, and previous recipients of Child Abuse Prevention Month mini-grant funds can apply for one of 10 awards of up to $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.

“Strengthening families and helping them be more resilient and supported starts in our neighborhoods and communities,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “The participation and efforts of our community partners is so vital to providing information and connections to resources to our families. We all play a role in strengthening families and keeping children safe, and we look forward to the involvement of community organizations in this effort.”

Awardees’ activities will coincide with other events planned by DHS for the month of April, including pinwheel plantings and participation in Denver community events. The mini-grant funding is a means of supporting community initiatives around child safety and family well-being.

“Throughout the year we partner with neighborhood and professional organizations to strengthen family connections to resources in their community like parenting classes, child care, housing, public benefits, therapy, and food assistance,” Joe Homlar, deputy executive director for DHS Protection and Prevention Programs, said. “When parents are supported by their community, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect is decreased, we’re able to address risks to safety and health before there is a problem, and prevent entry or reentry into the child welfare system.”

The application and additional information can be found online at www.denvergov.org/childsafety.