News Article

Many students and families are struggling to adapt to remote and hybrid learning. Digital access and connectivity remain a pervasive equity issue. Unemployment and social isolation are challenging for families and children. Food access and housing security are inadequate. Schools, teachers, caregivers, and students are struggling to replicate the social connections, engagement and learning available within an in-person classroom.

Caring for Colorado has heard from so many partners about the critical need to increase support for agencies engaging and caring for children and youth in the k-12 school system.

Safe, engaged, healthy and tech-enabled spaces for children and youth are essential to learning, growth and development. These spaces also provide essential support to caregivers who are experiencing significant strains to managing employment and caregiving responsibilities during the disruption of COVID-19.

As part of our COVID Relief and Recovery efforts, which includes increased 2020-2021 funding approved by the Board of Directors this summer, the School-Age Engagement and Care grant opportunity will award grants of up to $25,000 to increase support for children and youth (k-12) who are experiencing barriers to returning to a full-time, in-person school environment. Support is directed to agencies serving children, youth and families living in communities who are most affected, with a deep focus on children and youth of color, those living in families with low-income and others facing systemic barriers to realizing their right to health and education. Read more about this opportunity.

Key Dates

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:
Register for an overview and Q&A webinar at 3 pm on October 21, 2020 via this link.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Register for access to CFC’s grants management system by 5 pm on Thursday, October 29, 2020. If you are already registered, please use your current log in credentials or submit a contact change form if needed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Applications, including required documentation, must be submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

APPLICATION DECISIONS:
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

Contact us at grants@caringforcolorado.org with your questions. Please state “School Age Engagement and Care” in the subject line.