About Strengthening Neighborhoods Program

Strengthening Neighborhoods (SN) is The Denver Foundation's grassroots neighborhood development program.

In 1996, The Denver Foundation asked 100 leading members of the community to share ideas about how the Foundation could expand its impact. Their number one suggestion was "Neighborhood and Community Capacity Building." In response, The Denver Foundation created Strengthening Neighborhoods.

How it works

SN makes grants directly to residents for projects that the residents develop and lead.


Grants are from $100 - $5,000. Begin the application process.

Whittier Community Garden Pumpkin Patch

View the draft of the Holly Area Redevelopment Project Vision Plan [PDF].

Read the article from The Denver Post on the blessing ceremony of the Holly Square by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum. View The Blessing of Holly Square photo gallery for pictures of the event.

Since 1998, The Denver Foundation has been making grants and supporting resident activities and leadership through a program called Strengthening Neighborhoods. This program focuses on the power of neighborhood residents to make a difference in their communities. We believe that residents themselves often have the greatest knowledge of how to improve life in their communities, and we also believe that all communities have existing assets – including their people, institutions, and public resources. We believe in helping more residents work together to build on those assets to strengthen their communities.

Through our new Strategic Plan, The Denver Foundation has broadened our focus from the defined geographic area previously served by Strengthening Neighborhoods. Beginning in 2013, Strengthening Neighborhoods is open to working with residents from low-income communities throughout the seven counties of Metro Denver, particularly low-income communities of color. If you live in a low-income community, and you have ideas that fit with the priorities outlined below, we invite you to apply, either via our on-line application or through a written application.

Timing: If we receive your application by the last business day of the month, we will have a decision to you by the third week of the following month.

Residents in the seven county Denver metro area can receive funding for projects that fit within The Denver Foundation's priorities. Find out more information about Applying for a Grant