YouthRoots is a leadership program that empowers high school students to tackle community issues. Through our program, students respond to emerging needs and build the skills to become change makers now and tomorrow.

If your nonprofit serves youth ages 0-18 in the Denver metro area, you’re eligible for funding! See below for a list of this year’s funding priorities or download instructions to fill out an RFP.

Grant applications are due March 16, 2020.


  • Climate Change
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Substance Abuse
  • Immigrant Resources
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Immigrants/Refugees
  • Gun Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Youth Homelessness
  • Youth Mental Health Services
  • Youth Addiction Services
  • Teen dating violence in marginalized communities
  • Youth Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Underserved Youth Populations
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Cost of Living
  • Gun Violence
  • LGBTQ+ Rights

Download the full Request for Proposals!

Update as of 3/12/2020: Due to the coronavirus epidemic, you do not need to mail in or drop off hard copies of your application. In addition, finalist presentations have been cancelled. Grant winners will be notified of the YouthBoards’ final decisions by May 1.


Who can apply for funding?

501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations that serve youth are eligible to apply. Youth are defined as persons 0 -18 years old, unless otherwise obvious in funding priorities description. Individuals are not considered. Grants must ultimately serve youth in and around the community where the granting YouthBoard is located.

Individuals and organizations supporting political candidates are ineligible to apply.


How do I apply?

For Denver-area nonprofits: Please review the full Request for Proposals to see if you fit with this year’s funding priorities. Applicants should complete the Colorado Common Grant Application and submit an electronic copy to (NOTE: you are no longer required to mail in or drop off a hard copy of your application.) You will be notified by email within a week that it was received.

To apply for funding from our partner boards in Sioux Falls, SD, Boulder, CO, or Summit County, CO, please contact us at for a copy of their Request for Proposals.


Can my organization apply for more than one year of funding?

Grants are restricted to one year. Requests for more than one year of funding will not be considered.


What can the grant be used for?

The applicant must use the grant funds only for the purposes for which the grant was made. YouthRoots has the authority to withhold and/or recover grant funds in case such funds are, or appear to be, misused.


Other questions? Send us an email at

YouthRootsNonprofit Application