In the Spring of 2020, facing the greatest public health threat of our lifetimes, the Caring for Colorado Board of Director’s committed to increasing the foundation’s giving, both in the short and long term, to help meet immediate and long-term needs of children and families resulting from to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April 2020, Caring for Colorado directed grant dollars to help with emergency assistance for children and families in response to immediate needs. Caring for Colorado continued to direct funding to organizations supporting children and families as well as opened funding opportunities for specific needs. Directed funding is listed here and responsive funding is listed below.
New – Supporting Youth Well-Being
Caring for Colorado heard from many partners about the critical need to increase support for youth and youth-serving staff during this difficult time for youth mental health and well-being. As part of our COVID Relief and Recovery efforts, we opened a Youth Well-Being funding opportunity to support efforts to promote adolescent well-being with a focus on social and emotional supports, access to mental health services and support for youth-serving staff and caregivers. Learn more about the grantees and their work.
School-Aged Enrichment and Care
As students struggled to adapt to remote learning in the fall of 2020, Caring for Colorado offered grants of up to $25,000 to increase support for children and youth (k-12) living in communities who experienced barriers to learning and supportive services including behavioral health. Funding was prioritized to agencies serving children, youth and families living in communities most impacted, with a deep focus on children and youth of color, those living in low-income families and others facing systemic barriers to realizing their right to health and education. Learn more.
Together We Protect – Colorado’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Project
Together We Protect – a partnership of Immunize Colorado, the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce and a number of Colorado funders – provides rapid funding into communities highly impacted by COVID-19 to ensure communities of color and those who face systemic barriers have the best possible information about the COVID-19 vaccine and can access the vaccine through low-barrier opportunities. Learn more about the partnership and grantees and read the press release.
American Indian and Alaskan Natives living in the Denver-metro area
CFC provided $275,000 to organization’s supporting Colorado’s urban American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities. These organizations are led by members of the AI/AN community where the integration of cultural values, customs and traditions are prioritized in their work. General operating support from Caring for Colorado will allow these organizations to continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by providing food, shelter, health care and health education to AI/AN people. Learn more about these grantees.