In 2017, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition worked with community members and a bi-partisan group of state legislators to create new legislation to strengthen communities as a way to prevent crime in the first place.
The legislation made reforms to the State’s parole system that will save the State money. These savings will be invested in two demonstration sites, in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs. This funding will support grant and small business loan strategies to improve public safety in these communities.
The Denver Foundation was chosen by the State to administer the grant strategy for this program, which is called Transforming Safety. The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is assisting The Denver Foundation with the Transforming Safety grant program in Southeast Colorado Springs. The grant strategy is based on the premise that communities are safer when they are connected to one another and can respond to community needs through effective services and programs. The legislation placed the responsibility for determining the grant priorities for each community, as well as the specific boundaries of North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs for the purposes of determining grant eligibility, in the hands of local planning teams from each community.
Transforming Safety has its own website, which contains extensive information on the background and purpose of the grant and loan programs, and the composition and work of the local planning teams. Please see www.transformingsafety.org
The Transforming Safety Community Grant program makes $1.3 million available to both North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs for the State fiscal years 2017-18 through 2019-20. (The State’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30.) Grant applications for the 2017-18 fiscal year are now being accepted. Due to the time required for the local planning teams to determine priorities and boundaries, and for the state to develop the funding process, this first fiscal year will only have one grant cycle. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 there will be a grant cycles in the fall and the spring.
Who is eligible to apply?
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (must be registered and in good standing with the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State or have a fiscal sponsor that is registered and in good standing with the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State)
- Local government entities
- Schools (public, private, charter)
- Applicants must provide services in North Aurora or Southeast Colorado Springs (applicants are not required to be physically located in these communities).
Applications are due by April 2nd at 5 pm. Please see below for the application guidelines and application information for each community. For questions, please send an email to Patrick Horvath at The Denver Foundation, at email@example.com
, using Transforming Safety in the subject line, or call 303-996-7356. If you have questions about the Southeast Colorado Springs application process you can contact Patrick, or contact Eula Tatman at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or 719-445-0602.
Beginning in 2018, nonprofits are requested to use the Foundation's online grant application portal.
Returning Users: Visit the grant application portal login page.
New Organizations: You must register your nonprofit in our online grantmaking system.
New Grant Writers: Register as an authorized Grant Writer. After registration you can request authorization to write for a registered organization. That request will be approved by the nonprofit's Organization Admin, not by The Denver Foundation.
If you are unable to use the online system, please call 303.300.1790 and ask to speak to a grants manager. We will work to accommodate your group.