Denver Economic Development's division of Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization in partnership with The Denver Foundation offer small grants that support the meaningful and necessary work of nonprofit organizations and community groups in some of Denver's most vulnerable neighborhoods.
The Strengthening Neighborhoods mini grants seek to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of nonprofits and community groups currently active in these communities.
Learn more about our 2019 mini-grant recipients and see how they have used their funds to give support their neighborhoods.
El Sistema Colorado transforms the lives of children through music. A $2,500 mini grant provided critical operating support for El Sistema's continued work with students from their three partner schools in Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea during fall 2019.
The GES Coalition works activates resident-driven leadership and promotes a culture that welcomes neighbors who value their longstanding culture, interconnectedness, and commitment to equity. Their $3,500 mini grant funded the Coalition's Community Land Trust Transitional Board retreat, that brought together 19 GES residents in August 2019 to finalize the structure of the GES Community Land Trust and incorporate it as a 501c3 by the end of that year.
Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC) is about building sustainability in Denver neighborhoods, and reducing number of single-occupant vehicles on the road to help with pollution and traffic decrease. Through a $2,500 mini grant, NETC improved mobility by conducting a focused outreach campaign about RTD's new Affordable Fare program. They increased awareness of the program and directed residents to community organizations that can help them navigate the process.
Project Voyce invests in building young leaders with vision and a steadfast commitment to justice. The organization utilized its $4,000 mini grant to fund youth participatory action research projects. The program provided an additional opportunity for students to deepen their research topics through in-depth training and field trips around the community to identifty resources and connect with community-based groups.
The GrowHaus utilized its $4,500 grant to catalyze a neighborhood-based food system in their community that is healthy, equitable, and resident-driven. Through professional development training, the organization strengthen its community staff capacity and is able to continue serving its Elyria and Swansea communities.
This program encourages home owners to cultivate food for their family or to process and distribute surplus food for their neighbors or food banks. The $2,500 mini grant suppoted the Globeville 4-H & Urban Farming Program that establishes opportunities for the neighborhood youth by creating an available network of organizations and educational institutions through hands-on and critical thinking in applied curriculum.
United for Swansea received a $4,000 mini grant that helped them continue their community work.
Youth Action Coalition promotes youth empowerment through creative expression, community building, and social action initiatives. A $3,500 mini grant helped fund the Youth Memory Project, an effort to hear youth voices and engage youth in the storytelling process of their neighborhood. The project was completed in 2018 as a community engagement initiative of Hisotry Colorado Museum to connect communities traditionally underrepresented at the museum.