Funding Opportunities


We fund 501(c)(3) organizations, groups of residents in low-income neighborhoods, and collaborative efforts among groups in the seven-county Metro Denver. Scroll the list of funding opportunities, below, for a preview of these funds.

Learn More About The Community Grants Program

Funding Opportunities FAQ

The DESCI Community Housing Program provides monthly portable rent subsidies to eligible Denver Public Schools’ employees, and retirees and members of their immediate families ages 60 and above.

Program participants receive a monthly rental subsidy up to $350 a month. If approved, the rent subsidy will be paid directly to the participant’s property owner/manager and may be used for any property in the Denver Metropolitan area, provided it meets The Denver Foundation’s criteria. The property owner/manager must agree in writing to accept the rent subsidy payment directly.

Rent subsidies are generally awarded in 24-month cycles. There is no limit to the number of times a participant may renew the subsidy, pending verification of continued eligibility.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The DESCI Community Housing Program provides rent subsidies to low-income persons 60 years of age and older who are DPS retirees, current and former employees, and members of their immediate families. To be considered for a subsidy, please complete the Subsidy Application and supply documents to verify eligibility. You will be contacted after your application has been received.

Please visit the DESCI page of our website to learn more. 

Technical Assistance (TA) at The Denver Foundation is developmental support that enables you to do your work more effectively. Technical Assistance activities build new skills and provide information that will help your organization change and grow. The Denver Foundation recognizes the need for continued support after receiving an initial grant. 

Technical Assistance at The Denver Foundation is focused on helping current grantees. Eligible organizations must have received a grant—within the last three years—from The Denver Foundation. Grants range from $500 to $6,000.

Technical Assistance grants will not be made for activities that will begin or be completed before the grant is awarded. Please be sure to allow for up to six weeks for review when planning and scheduling your project. Contact ta@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

View a list of Technical Assistance Consultants used by grantees of the program.

More info about Technical Assistance.

No due dates. We consider requests for Technical Assistance at The Denver Foundation TA requests are considered on an ongoing basis.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The organization has received a grant—within the last three years—from The Denver Foundation. 
  • The grant work will serve the seven-county Metro Denver region, which includes Adams, Arapahoe,  Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. 
  • The organization is aligned with our core values of racial equity and community leadership. Please see an overview of our core values on pages 6 and 7 of the Community Grants Guidelines.
  • For organizations with operating revenues of more than $500,000 (based on most recently completed fiscal year-end statements), 20% of the proposed project budget must be contributed by the organization.  For example, if a project has a budget of $3,000, the organization must contribute $600 toward expenses.