Nonprofit Grant Application

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Every year the various YouthBoards conduct a needs assessment of their local community and release a Request for Proposals in the Winter.

 Organizations that serve children and youth for more than one YouthBoard are invited to submit multiple applications.

Below are the Denver, CO funding priorities for this year:

IMMIGRANT SUPPORT/IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

Nearly 10 percent of Colorado residents are immigrants, and nearly 40 percent of those are undocumented immigrants, many of whom don’t know their rights or don’t have access to important resources. We want to fund organizations that provide support for immigrants in our community.

TEEN DRUG/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Many high schoolers in Denver experience life-threatening drug addictions and don’t seek medical help due to a variety of barriers. We know these students: they are in our classrooms, our neighborhoods, and all throughout Denver. We hope to fund organizations that provide assistance to youths experiencing life-threatening addictions.

Geographic Restrictions: Organizations must provide programming in the Denver Metro Area. (Please note that eachYouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

MENTAL HEALTH

The NorthYouthBoard chose this need because of an increase in poor mental health among students in the area. Mental Health is very crucial to one’s overall wellness. The North board recognizes that anyone can suffer from mental health challenges, but it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. That is why the NorthYouthBoard is interested in funding nonprofits that will assist people in being healthy with their minds.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

The North YouthBoard chose this need because many youths in our communities are minority students from small schools who traditionally have no support from outside sources. There are few opportunities and limited resources for first-generation college students.

LGBTQ+ SUPPORT

The North YouthBoard chose this need because LGBTQ youth in our community have limited support in schools and few resources for assistance. We hope to fund organizations that provide support and resources to LGBTQ youth.

Geographic Restrictions: The North Board is based in Thornton, CO and is looking for organizations that will make an impact in Thornton and nearby areas (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

Other notes: Startups are welcome to apply, as well as nonprofits that specialize in mentorship.

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

Homelessness is a cyclical, growing problem that lacks abundant solutions and can deeply impacts teens. While there are organizations in the Denver area whose missions are to provide support to the homeless, we want to focus on organizations that can also provide solutions for youth homelessness.

FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

The foster care system is an integral part of our community. However, it isn’t built to aid children and young adults who age out of the system, which can result in homelessness. This is a very important issue that requires more attention and awareness.

PREVENTIVE PROGRAMS

Preventive programs can include educational activities in schools, one-on-one counseling, and others. Programs that address issues such as drug abuse, mental health, and education can make a substantial impact in the outcome of a young individual’s life. Our board found preventative programs to be an underfunded sector that yields promising results.

Geographic Restrictions: Our YouthBoard has decided that it would be most beneficial to provide support to organizations that are focused on the heart of the Denver area. In doing so, we hope to mitigate these problems, spread awareness, and spark drive in others to make a difference. (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

Other Notes: We as a YouthBoard understand that the needs we have identified are all interconnected. One can be the cause of another, and vice-versa. We would like to help organizations that focus on prevention of contributing factors to youth homelessness. For example, we are interested in organizations that address specific needs, such as: 1) Prevention programming related to trauma and mental health, 2) Transitional/support programs for youth exposed to the foster care system, 3) Substance use treatment and support, and 4) School support for youth trying to be successful in school while dealing with these issues. This way, we can donate to multiple organizations that all focus on one aspect of our needs. We hope that this produces a holistic approach that helps provide support to our identified needs.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Douglas County YouthBoard has decided to focus on sexual assault because of its prevalence in the community, despite the fact that it is highly underreported. Additionally, sexual assault is common among high-risk youth.

MENTAL HEALTH

The Douglas County YouthBoard has decided to focus on mental health because of its pervasive impact on the daily lives of youth. Mental health awareness and education is extremely necessary for youth, especially as a pathway to suicide prevention. Additionally, because of its broad nature, mental health is connected to other challenges.

Geographic Restrictions: Programs should serve youth in the Douglas County area. (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

Other Notes: Organizations that are especially concerned with providing preventative resources for youth are encouraged to apply.

*RAISE YouthBoards focus on Mental Health (Raising Awareness And Inhibiting Stigma Everywhere)

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide is increasing in school age populations. Youth are experiencing high levels of stress. Some contributing factors include social media, bullying, isolation, cultural differences, and academic pressures. The Aurora YouthBoard is looking to decrease suicide among youth through both prevention and intervention.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

At-risk youth are more likely to experience mental health challenges leading to substance abuse. The Aurora YouthBoard is seeking to decrease substance abuse among youth through programs fostering prevention and intervention.

MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS

Awareness and adequate mental health services are lacking among diverse populations in Aurora. The Aurora YouthBoard is seeking to increase awareness of and accessibility to mental health care (including medication and psychiatric services) throughout diverse populations of youth.

DIVERSITY OF MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

It is vital that professionals of diverse populations are present and vocal in the mental health community, help individuals of diverse populations find face to face connections in their community and model help-seeking behaviors. The Aurora YouthBoard wants to ensure that people can find mental health practitioners from diverse populations.

Geographic Restrictions: Open to applicants serving Aurora youth. (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

Other notes: We are looking for organizations that show a genuine and meaningful investment in bettering the mental health of Aurora youth. We value both prevention and intervention programs.

*RAISE YouthBoards focus on Mental Health (Raising Awareness And Inhibiting Stigma Everywhere)

SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES/SPECIALISTS

In 2017, 192 youth in Colorado died by suicide (Colorado Health Institute). Youth are in need of greater access to mental health programs and specialists in schools/communities to combat high suicide rates.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR LGTBQ+ YOUTH

In 2017, 44% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide compared to 13% of heterosexual youth (Healthy Kids Colorado Survey). LGBTQ Youth are in need of resources and trusted adults that can help them feel safe and decrease mental health struggles.

SERVICES FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Many youth do not have adequate access to effective resources and trusted adults to make safe and informed decisions about their sexual health or healthy relationships. Health educators, counselors, community health centers, and programming can provide youth with the resources and knowledge to support healthy relationships during adolescence and into adulthood.

Geographic Restrictions: Nonprofits that serve students in Jefferson County should apply. (Please note that each YouthBoard has a different geographic location and different funding priorities every year. Nonprofits should review all YouthRoots Requests for Proposals to find the best fit.)

In addition to the locations listed above, we serve Boulder County, CO, Sioux Falls, SD, and Dearborn, MI through partnerships with local community foundations. Please contact us to receive a copy of the RFPs serving those areas.

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