The Denver Foundation awards more than $4.3M in community grants in 2023

December 8, 2023

Pictured: Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute. Photo by Armando Geneyro.

Congratulations to 103 nonprofit organizations that have been awarded a total of $4.3 million in grants through The Denver Foundation’s Community Grants Program. 

Representing the seven metro Denver counties, these incredible organizations work to advance economic opportunity, education, climate and environment, housing, and transportation for people across Metro Denver. 

A complete list of grant recipients is below. 

The grant recipients reflect the growing diversity of our region’s nonprofit sector as well as the foundation’s ever-deepening commitment to racial equity. Organizations with more than half their staff and board from communities of color comprised 42% of the final award recipients. 

The Denver Foundation awarded these 103 grants following a thorough review of 462 proposals led by The Denver Foundation staff and members of the Advisory Committee for Community Impact, a volunteer body composed of more than 50 local community, business, and philanthropic leaders. The grants range from $20,000 to $50,000. The annual organizational budgets of the grant recipients range from less than $500,000 to more than $2 million.  

Through the Community Grants Program, The Denver Foundation aims to improve the lives of historically oppressed people living in Metro Denver, with a focus on people who live in low-income communities and communities of color. 

The program is funded by The Fund for Denver, The Denver Foundation’s permanent endowment, built over generations to provide for community needs. Grants made through the program represent approximately 5% of the foundation’s annual grantmaking. 

Grants are made through the program in two cycles per year. Applications for Cycle 1 2024 will open on January 15, 2024. To learn more about the Community Grants Program, visit The Denver Foundation’s website. 


2023 Community Grants Program Grantees – Spring

9to5 Colorado 

Activate Work 

Adelante Community Development 

Arrupe Corporate Work Study Program 

Attention Inc. – TGTHR 

AYA Foundation 

Black Parents United Foundation 

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado 

Co-Lead International 

Collaborative Healing Initiative Within Communities Inc. 

Colorado Inclusive Economy 

Colorado Jobs with Justice 

Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition 

Community Enterprise Development Services – CEDS Finance 

Creative Strategies for Change 

Denver Hybrid College – AdvanceEDU 

East Colfax Community Collective 

Edgewater Collective 

Environmental Learning for Kids 

Expunge Colorado 

Focus Points Family Resource Center 

Gateway Domestic Violence Services 

Globeville Elyria-Swansea Coalition – GES Coalition 


Groundwork Denver Inc. 

Hope Communities 

Lincoln Hills Cares 

Mental Health Colorado 

Metropolitan Diversity and Economic Equity Partners – Metro DEEP 

Montbello Organizing Committee 

Mutual Aid Monday 

New Legacy Charter School 

NEWSED Community Development Corporation 

Northeast Transportation Connections 

Prismxl Services Inc. – Snap2Jobs 

Prodigy Ventures Inc. 


Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network – RMIAN 

Rocky Mountain Welcome Center 

Roots Colorado – Dirt Coffee Bar 

TEENS, Inc. 

The Savings Collaborative 

Together Colorado 

Urban Symbiosis 

Vibe Tribe Adventures 

West Community Economic Development Corporation – BuCu West 

Work Options for Women 

WorkLife Partnership 

Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism – YAASPA 


2023 Community Grants Program Grantees – Fall 

50CAN INCTransform Education Now 

African Sustainable Development Foundation – ASDF 

Almost Home Inc. 

Athletics and Beyond 

Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition 

Breakthrough Alliance of Colorado Inc. – Breakthrough 

Brothers Redevelopment 

Center for Community Wealth Building 

Center for Employment Opportunities 

Center for Work Education and Employment – CWEE 

Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores 

Colorado Village Collaborative 

Colorado Youth Congress 

Community Outreach Service Center Inc. 

Cyber Cat Labs 

Denver Dream Center 

East Colfax Community Collective 

El Alba Cooperative 

Ethiopian Community Development Council – African Community Center of Denver 

Family Tree Inc. 

Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver 


GRID Alternatives Colorado 

Juntos – Juntos2College 

La Piñata Del Aprendizaje 

Law School Yes We Can 

Mi Casa Resource Center 

Mile High WorkShop 

Montessori del Mundo 

Mother House 

Movement 5280 

Movimiento Poder 

Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center 

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute 

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence Inc. – SPAN 

School District 12 Education Foundation – Five Star Education Foundation 

Second Chance Center Inc. 

Servicios de la Raza 

Show and Tell Corporation 

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning 

Springboard Childcare 

The Conflict Center 

The Delores Project 

The Inn Between of Longmont Inc. 

The Park People 

Una Mano Una Esperanza 


United for a New Economy 

Urban Peak – Denver 

Village Exchange Center Inc. 

Warren Village Inc. 

Western Resource Advocates