DHS Announces Inaugural Human Together Community Grant Awardees

Published on July 21, 2021

37 Denver-based nonprofits awarded nearly $360,000 in funding to implement programs supporting resilient communities, community organization capacity building, and social justice and community cohesion

In keeping with their vision of a healthy community where each person is connected, supported, safe, and well, Denver Human Services (DHS) today announces the awardees of the department’s first Human Together Community Grant funding opportunity. Thirty-seven nonprofit organizations based in and serving the Denver community have been awarded $359,939 this year to implement initiatives that empower communities to develop innovative strategies to address pressing needs.

“My sincere congratulations go out to the 37 Human Together Community Grant program awardees,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “Truly a community-driven effort, Denver Human Services is proud to support organizations that are implementing strategic projects that support the well-being of our neighbors and make lasting change that is driven by the people.”

Denver-based nonprofit organizations with operating budgets under $1 million were invited to apply for funding up to $10,000 for projects that met the criteria for DHS’s 2021 funding priorities:

  • Community Organization Capacity Building: Improving an organization’s effectiveness and ability to achieve its mission and improve client outcomes.
  • Social Justice and Community Cohesion: Grassroots, resident-led initiatives that bring people together to work for the common principles of social justice and community cohesion.
  • Supporting Resilient Communities: Community-focused efforts to help Denver residents build healthy, safe, and resilient lives.

Grant awardees include the following, with asterisks denoting awardees in neighborhoods identified as priority for targeting services and supports by the Denver Human Services Index (Athmar Park, Barnum, Clayton, College View, Elyria Swansea, Globeville, Kennedy, Montbello, Ruby Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, Westwood, and Windsor):

  • Access Gallery
  • Amped*
  • Bikes Together*
  • Bluff Lake Nature Center*
  • Boulder Community Broadcast – KGNU*
  • Breaking our Chains*
  • Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers & Scientists
  • Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization*
  • D3 Arts*
  • Denver Inner City Parish*
  • Denver Tool Library*
  • Developmental FX*
  • Diverse City Consulting*
  • El Sistema Colorado*
  • Environmental Learning for Kids*
  • Extreme Community Makeover*
  • Friends of Haven*
  • Imagination Library Denver*
  • Jovial Concepts*
  • Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Center*
  • Make a Chess Move*
  • Mamabird Interviews*
  • Mi Familia Vota Education Fund*
  • Museo de Las Americas*
  • New American College
  • Padres Unidos*
  • PlatteForum
  • Prodigy Ventures*
  • Rebuilding Together Metro Denver*
  • Slow Food Denver*
  • Street’s Hope*
  • Struggle of Love Foundation*
  • Sun Valley Youth Center*
  • The Urban Farm*
  • Think 360 Arts for Learning*
  • Vuela For Health*
  • Warm Cookies of the Revolution*

"We are honored to have received a Human Together Community Grant. The much-needed funds will be used to support our Lil’ Sprouts program in underserved schools throughout the city,” said Slow Food Denver Executive Director Maya Brook. “Lil’ Sprouts is Slow Food Denver’s K-5 enrichment program that teaches children the entire seed-to-plate process. Our goal is to provide an interactive learning environment transforming children from passive food consumers to creators, and in doing so increase their health awareness."

Find more information about the Human Together Community Grant opportunity and grant awardees at bit.ly/dhs-community-grant.


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