Caring For Colorado Foundation Grantmaking

Caring for Colorado

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 24, 2021 4:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 7, 2021 4:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: United States

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Our Approach

With optimism and dedication, we work to improve the lives of children and families in Colorado through collaboration, partnership, shared knowledge and grantmaking. We take a long-term view of our work as we seek to address root causes, promote prevention, improve systems and advance policy change.

Focus Areas

Caring for Colorado’s vision is that Colorado’s children and families are happy, healthy and thriving and our purpose is creating equity in health, well-being and opportunity for Colorado’s children and families. Given this, we focus our grantmaking in four primary areas. 

Healthy Beginnings

Our Focus

We want Colorado’s children to have healthy beginnings — brain development is most rapid in the first three years of life and early experiences and relationships have significant impact on health and well-being.

What We Fund

The needs of infants, young children and their caregivers are best met through coordinated services that focus on their full environment of relationships. We emphasize the integration of infant, child and maternal mental health into programs serving families because it can profoundly affect child development.

Efforts that serve children and caregivers experiencing the highest barriers to health and well-being in rural, urban and frontier communities are our priority. Funding may support programs/projects, capacity building, collaboration and systems building.

Enhancing Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care

We support integrated perinatal and pediatric care, screening and referral with community connections and group-based care and education.

Strengthening Support During Pregnancy and Early Parenting

We support efforts to strengthen the reach of parenting education, home visitation and peer support programs and community-driven efforts to reduce social isolation and strengthen caregiver-child relationships. 

Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

We support early childhood mental health consultation for early care settings and home visitors, reflective supervision for early childhood professionals and high-quality implementation of effective programming to support the social and emotional development of young children and their caregivers.

Healthy Youth

Our Focus

Adolescence is a time of significant brain, body and emotional growth. The changes in brain structure and connectivity that occur between the ages of 10 and 25 present important opportunities for positive, life-shaping development, and for recovering from past adversity.

What We Fund

We support efforts that promote healthy behaviors and engage youth, ages 10 to 25, in implementing solutions for health and well-being. We emphasize a Positive Youth Development approach. This incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies so that young people reach their full potential.

Efforts that serve youth experiencing the highest barriers to health and well-being in rural, urban and frontier communities are our priority. Funding may support programs/projects, capacity building, collaboration and systems building.

Promoting Youth Health and Well-Being

We support youth-friendly health services, focused programs for youth that are safe, healthy, inclusive and affirming, and out-of-school time programs that provide regular, on-going programming and safe spaces.

Amplifying Youth Voice and Leadership

We seek to fund youth-led efforts where young people are leading work, youth leadership development programs and professional development for youth-serving staff.

Strong & Resilient Families

Our Focus

Families need support to provide stable and responsive environments for children to grow. Children deserve to have safe and happy experiences throughout their childhood and adolescence and to grow up to have full adult lives.

What We Fund

We seek to ensure all children, youth and families have strong foundations and equitable access to opportunities. We support efforts that focus on engaging families, organizations and communities to identify and strengthen families’ protective factors and promote family-centered mental and behavioral health.

Efforts that serve families experiencing the highest barriers to health and well-being in rural, urban and frontier communities are our priority. Funding may support programs/projects, capacity building, collaboration and systems building.

Strengthening Protective Factors

We support programs to enhance family leadership, supportive parenting programs and family support services.

Promoting Family-Centered Mental and Behavioral Health

We seek to fund access to community-based programs and planning and/or capacity building for family-centered mental and behavioral health treatment and supports.

Public Policy Advocacy

Our Focus

Children are more likely to thrive when caregivers, families and communities experience opportunities for health and well-being. We believe all children, youth and families deserve equitable access to systems of support.

Partnering to promote public policy advocacy and systems change can promote justice and equity and achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people in Colorado.

What We Fund

Caring for Colorado seeks to create lasting, meaningful and broad change that improves the lives of children for generations to come. We support public policy advocacy as a central tool for advancing our mission.

Public policy advocacy funding can support capacity building, network and coalition building, research and analysis, public education, policy implementation engagement and monitoring, leadership development, polling, nonpartisan voter education, regulatory efforts, and, in some cases, limited lobbying.

Public Policy Advocacy

Caring for Colorado responsively funds public policy advocacy, at local, county and state levels, to support efforts that align with our goals in Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Youth and Strong and Resilient Families. Our public policy advocacy and systems change priorities include —

  • Strengthening families and communities to ensure children are safe and that their physical, emotional and cognitive needs are met.
  • Growing programs, services and investments in the behavioral health of Colorado’s children and their caregivers.
  • Creating access to and strengthening safety-net and public benefit programs, such as health coverage, food and housing assistance, income supports and tax credits, paid leave and child care subsidies.
  • Ensuring comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services are accessible, affordable and culturally responsive.
  • Addressing economic and racial inequity.
  • Solving for Colorado’s fiscal constraints to create greater investment in the health, social and education systems.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation will consider grant awards to organizations whose programs or services benefit Colorado and are:  
    • Charitable nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; or
    • Tax-supported institutions including state or local governments or schools.
  • Please note: new or emerging organizations are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal agent.


  • Caring for Colorado does not fund:
    • For-profit entities
    • Annual appeals or membership drives
    • Financial support for political candidates
    • Screening programs without a follow-up component
    • Patient assistance funds that cover individual medical, dental or pharmaceutical costs
    • Scholarships