DHS Announces New Community-Focused Grant Funding Opportunity

Published on April 12, 2021

Denver-based nonprofits may apply for up to $10,000 to support operations, community development, or resident-led initiatives 

To help realize the vision of a healthy community where each person is connected, supported, safe, and well, Denver Human Services (DHS) announced the release of the department’s first Human Together Community Grant funding opportunity. Denver-based nonprofit organizations with operating budgets under $1 million are invited to apply for funding up to $10,000 to support initiatives that empower communities to develop innovative strategies to address pressing needs. 

“Earlier this year, we conducted a series of listening sessions with targeted communities to learn from residents how best Denver Human Services could support them. The funding priorities for the Human Together Community Grants were determined by feedback we received; they are truly designed and driven by the people,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “As our city begins to recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Denver Human Services is committed to making strategic investments in the community that create lasting change.”

Funding priorities for 2021 are: 

  • 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. 

The Board of Human Services will review and select applications, which should clearly demonstrate effective, fiscally responsible program ideas that are in line with one of the designated funding priorities. Applications should also include authentic community engagement plans and show diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of the program.  

DHS is holding a virtual informational meeting to answer questions about the funding opportunity on April 20, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. As part of our language equity and access efforts, the meeting will be hosted in English and Spanish (DHS can accommodate other languages upon request; register for the meeting to request language access support). Those interested in attending should register in advance for this meeting here

All grant submissions are due May 5, 2021 at 11 p.m. MST. Grant awardees will be announced on May 24, 2021. Learn more about the funding opportunity and apply online at bit.ly/dhs-community-grant.

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