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Investing in the success of our children and youth, strengthens the future of our city.

One of the Office of Children’s Affairs top priorities is to increase access to opportunities that will support innovative programs focused on increasing engagement, boosting achievement, developing strong social and emotional skills and creating more opportunities for youth to thrive.

New Funding Opportunity!

The Office of Children’s Affairs just released its annual RFP to support youth programs. This year, it combines three large efforts, and organizations that meet the criteria can apply for funding in one, two or all three of these categories:

  • Out-of-School Time Funding: Up to $50,000
  • Youth Violence Prevention: Up to $50,000
  • Pop-Up Events: Up to $10,000

Application due date: Thursday, December 29
A mandatory RFP information session was held on December 14. View the Presentation.(PDF, 617KB)
Get more information and the download the RFP application.

Organizations are required to set up an account and profile in the DAAconnect system to ensure that programs appear on the public-facing Youth Program Locator and the provider-facing Global Directory. Once you have an account, we encourage you to sign up for a training session to learn how to use it.

To set up a DAAconnect account:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Sign up for a 30-minute training session.
  3. Complete the organization profile for the Global Directory and/or the Youth Program Locator.
  4. Once your profile is complete, include the confirmation email with your application. 


Current Funding Opportunities

2021 Digital Inclusion Funding 

Now Accepting Proposals!

Important Information:

Your organization must meet all of the requirements in the RFP to apply, here are some important information and dates:

Apply on Bidnet for the full information

Past Recipients

Information on Past Recipients Coming Soon!

Funding Philosophy

The Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA) supports Denver agencies, the community and its service providers in ensuring all children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten and have the opportunity to succeed academically and professionally. Current programs of OCA include the ongoing development and implementation of strategies to increase access to nutritious food; high-quality childcare and afterschool programs; early learning and literacy resources; youth transportation, youth violence prevention and mentorship, cultural experiences and pathways to post-secondary education and careers.

Funding Philosophy:

The Office of Children’s Affairs funding philosophy focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: youth-development, education, innovation, public health, and digital inclusion. We are dedicated to delivering structural, systemic change for our community; we must think about the world as it could be rather than marginally improving the world as it is. We are locally driven and community centered.

Our Approach:

  • Community-Informed
    We approach funding and decision-making power to the very communities impacted by funding decisions.
  • Evidence-based Practice
    We believe in well-researched interventions, programs and services that incorporate ethics, client preferences, and culture to guide and inform the delivery of services.
  • Data-Driven
    The Office of Children’s Affairs is committed to harnessing the power of data to assess opportunities, measure progress, and evaluate impact and improve performance. See how we are using data and evidence to improve decision making.
  • Partnerships
    The challenges we face in Denver and around the country are increasingly complex, and neither the private nor the public sector can solve them alone. That’s why The Office of Children’s Affairs builds partnerships across sectors to share ideas and resources toward a common purpose to amplify our impact.