Grant Funding

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We provide targeted funding to partners who work to improve education through civic engagement and electoral participation in Denver.

We believe investing in community and school partners that have a direct impact on students and Denver Public Schools. Specifically, we provide grants to nonprofit organizations to support work done in partnership with school communities that strengthens the public education ecosystem in Denver through:

  • Promoting electoral participation by increasing voter registration and participation amongst families, educators, school staff, and students
  • Advancing civic engagement by expanding pipelines to advocacy beyond voter engagement
  • Implementing community-centered systems and capacity for sustainable long-term family engagement and advocacy
  • Strengthening partnerships that expand access to and improve the operations of high quality public schools

This fall, we’ll be holding two grant cycles:

    • SeptemberGrant Out the Vote (GOTV) Only
      • Deadline: Monday, September 25th @ 5:00pm MT
      • Proposals must focus on increasing c3 efforts to increase voter participation in the upcoming School Board Election.
    • November: General Fall Grant Cycle
      • Deadline: Monday, November 27th @ 5:00pm MT
      • Proposals must focus on any of Denver Families’ grant priorities listed above

In order to be considered for funding, all applicants must:

  1. Schedule a meeting with our team to discuss your application concept and ensure it’s a good fit for our grants program. To schedule, please reach out to Lela Johnston (

  2. Submit your application using this form.

Please note: organizations that were awarded a grant in our Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 cycle are welcome to apply again, however, priority will be given to new applicants.

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While we appreciate that nonprofits have many budgetary needs, we are strategic in what we fund.

For full transparency, we do not provide grant funding for:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Stopgap emergency funding
  • Exploratory projects
  • Statewide legislative work
  • Projects located outside of Denver
  • Arts, cultural, or museum programs
  • Sponsorships, tables, or tickets for special events or fundraising events
  • Private schools