March 16, 2020
Dear Caring for Colorado Partners and Colleagues,
Caring for Colorado is taking further action to practice social distancing and follow the recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health officials – effective Monday, March 16, our offices in Denver and Pueblo are closed and Caring for Colorado staff are working remotely until further notice.
We appreciate all that you do to care for our community and the health of Colorado’s children, youth and families. We are committed to remaining accessible and responsive during this difficult time.
Our staff is available by email, phone and video conferencing – if you need to reach us, please email any staff member or call us at 720-524-0770. Staff emails are available on our website here.
For prospective grantees – While virtual site visits and meetings will continue as scheduled, we understand that this situation is changing rapidly for everyone. Please contact us to reschedule any meetings as your needs change. Changes to scheduled site visits will not affect funding decisions.
For current grantees – We are committed to providing you with flexibility. You are likely cancelling convenings and activities; shifting priorities; and in need of more flexible funding to respond to the environment and demands on your organization. We want to support you and can amend grant agreements in response to this situation. Some of the adjustments you might consider include:
Shifting programmatic grants to unrestricted general operating grants –
Please note: this does not apply to universities, fiscal sponsors or governmental partners, or initiative grants (Youth Connections, LAUNCH Together, Colorado Collaborative for Reproductive Health Equity or SMILES)
Shifting grant funds to cover the costs associated with programs, conferences or other grant-related activities that are cancelled as result of COVID-19
Changing grant timelines and/or reporting deadlines
In consultation with your program lead, we can formalize modifications to your grant agreement to address changes you may need to respond to the current environment. Please contact your program lead to discuss any of the options outlined above, and/or other requests you might have.
Our offices will be open as soon as it is determined that returning to a normal operation is consistent with good public health practice. Any changes will be posted on our website and through Facebook and Twitter.
Chief Executive Officer
Caring for Colorado Foundation