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Investing in afterschool and summer programs is investing in the success of our kids and the strength of our city.

One of the Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA) top priorities is to increase access and participation in quality afterschool and summer programs by investing and supporting innovative programs that improve engagement, boost achievement, and develop strong social and emotional skills for youth.

Learn more about program funding.

The Office of Children’s Affairs is offering a limited amount of mini grants and sponsorship opportunities for one-time special events that have a clear focus on youth. Families may attend and participate in any of the events, but the programming must be geared toward youth.

These opportunities are provided through Measure 2A and Healthy Lifestyles Funding and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All grants and sponsorships are approved at the discretion of the Office of Children’s Affairs as funding is available.

Applications are accepted year-round. Learn more and apply here!

The Denver Afterschool Alliance defines out-of-school-time programs as programs which provide direct services to school-age youth beyond the traditional school day, including before and after school, on weekends and school breaks during the school year and summer. OST programs provide scheduled services to youth in set, safe, structured and supportive environments that promote positive youth development. These voluntary activities are facilitated in one or more of the following program areas:

• Academic Support (e.g. academic enrichment, technology, tutoring/homework help, etc.)
• Enrichment Opportunities (e.g. arts/culture, health/fitness/recreation, etc.)
• Social-Emotional Support (e.g. relationship programs, bullying prevention, etc.)
• Civic Engagement (e.g. service learning, leadership/character development, etc.)
• Post-Secondary Readiness (e.g. ACT prep, pre-collegiate, career exploration, etc.)

It should be noted that organizations may provide a variety of programs, only some of which fit into these designations.  

In October of each year, OCA will administer its 2A/Healthy Lifestyles for Youth BOOST (Building Opportunities for Out-of-School Time) RFP. This RFP is for the calendar year, and will be the only opportunity to apply for funding to support summer programs.

The BOOST RFP is a great opportunity for content specific providers (organizations that provide programs one or two days per week for a limited number of weeks during the school year) and summer programs.

Beginning in 2017, the Office of Children's Affairs (OCA) will combine Measure 2A and Healthy Lifestyles funding to increase investment to support afterschool and summer programs. In total, the OCA will distribute up to $2 million each year to support afterschool and summer programs through a competitive grant process. This is the first of two RFPs that will be released this year.  

This section is under construction. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Grant Applications

2020 2A/Healthy Lifestyles for Youth BOOST!

Request for Proposals (RFP) are now being accepted for Out-of-School Time programs. Last day to apply is November 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Grant Period: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020

Download RFP details and submit your application now.

Staff Contact

Maxine Quintana
Out-of-School Time Initiatives Director
(720) 913-0905