What systems-level ideas and solutions has your organization developed in response to COVID-19? What’s the big, bold idea that you’re confident would make a difference in the lives of people in our community? 
 
We want to hear about it.

 
The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it in Metro Denver and across Colorado. For nonprofits and the communities they serve, the impact will be deep, long-lasting, and cyclical.
 
In addition to responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable people and communities, The Denver Foundation is committed to supporting systems-level responses to this crisis and others to come.
 
It will take big, bold ideas to pull us through this period of recovery. We know the best of these will come directly from the community. We’re talking about ideas that reshape what life looks like when it returns to “normal”—and render it more equitable than it was before the pandemic laid plain the stark disparities that pervade our society.
 
In the coming months, we will connect the best of these ideas to The Denver Foundation’s broad resources. We will also advocate for proposals with the greatest potential for impact within our network of nonprofits and public sector agencies.
 
What kind of support is available?
The Denver Foundation will support successful proposals through a range of resources including grants, program-related investments, and policy advocacy. We will also host convenings and critical conversations.
 
What kinds of proposals are we looking for?
Support will be concentrated in the following areas and assessed through an equity lens:
 

  1. Public Health: Ensuring that those with limited access to health care, who face the largest disparities in health outcomes, receive targeted services and support.
  2. Social Systems: Improving delivery of basic human needs services, a fundamental part of a healthy and safe community.
  3. Economic Recovery: Caring for entrepreneurs and/or promoting economic justice for workers as they return to their jobs or seek new opportunities for employment.    
  4. Education Equity: Advocating for practices and public policy that ensures students are able to learn while outside of traditional school, particularly those with special needs and/or significant barriers to access.
  5. Public Policy Improvements: Supporting local or state policies that address social and economic inequities, improve access to care or services, and create system change.
  6. Systems Improvement: Elevating opportunities to change social and economic systems to create improved care or service, enhanced equity, efficiencies, or cost savings.   

By way of example, initiatives we’ve supported so far have focused on racial and economic equity including tax policy and paid medical leave, and research and convening exploring the ethical implications of COVID-19 as it relates to the environment and to mental health.
 

Our FAQ provides more information about this opportunity.

 

Submit a Letter of Inquiry.