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Colorado Grants

Colorado Fire Up Your Feet Challenge Awards
School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention (SAPI) Program
  • Applications due November 3, 2014
  • Funding Provided by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)
  • This program is an opportunity for schools, community-based organizations and health organizations to support school-based prevention and intervention programs to reduce the risk of marijuana and alcohol use and prescription drug misuse by Colorado school-aged children. The Department released the RGP on Friday, September 12, 2014. The School-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program (SAPI) was created with the passage of Senate Bill 14-215 (Colorado Revised Statute 25.5-1.206), which creates and makes appropriations from the Marijuana Tax Cash fund created July 1, 2014. The intentions of SAPI are to increase overall health, behavioral health, and educational outcomes for Colorado’s youth.
  • Eligible applicants must be a school or school district, a board of cooperative services, a nonprofit or not-for-profit community based organization, or a community-based behavioral health organization. The grants must be used to fund evidence-based programs delivered to at-risk youth ages 12-19 in a school setting. Awardees must also comply with other grant requirements established by the Department. This state fiscal year, the Department has $1,950,000 for grants and expects to make approximately 39 awards of approximately $50,000. Depending on the number of applicants and the needs throughout the state, there may be opportunities to fund some applicants more than $50,000. The grant period cannot begin before January 30, 2015 and must be completed by June 30, 2015 (which is the end of the state fiscal year).
  • Application instructions
School Health Professional Grant Program
  • Letters of Intent due October 17, 2014
  • Applications due November 5, 2014
  • Funding provided by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • This matching grant program exists to help secondary schools: 
    • Increase the presence of school health professionals in secondary schools to support prevention programs and education on substance abuse for secondary students; 
    • Provide training and resources for school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education for all students who are enrolled in secondary schools; and 
    • Allow school health professionals to connect students who are enrolled in secondary schools with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.
  • Approximately $1.5 million is available for the 2014-2015 school year. Note: Applicants must demonstrate a match of 10 percent of the funds requested. This may include both in-kind and cash matches.
  • Application
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Non-Infrastructure Grants
  • Applications due November 14, 2014
  • Funding provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) SRTS program
  • No infrastructure grants will be provided this year. Schools should instead focus on education, encouragement, and enforcement.
  • Guidelines and Application (pdf) (doc)
Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant Program 
  • Administered by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • Established in 2008 with the signing of C.R.S.22-43.7, BEST provides an annual amount of funding, in the form of competitive grants, to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.
Colorado Kids 1st
  • Colorado Kids 1st is an initiative of the Rocky Mountain Research and Prevention Institute (RMRPI)
  • Community groups and organizations with project proposals that comply with the Colorado Kids 1st mission of promoting health and preventing injuries to Colorado's children may apply for grants from the Colorado Kids 1st Fund.
  • The RMRPI Board of Directors funds projects that:
    • promote health and safety programs for Colorado's children
    • inform, educate and train the general public about children's health issues
    • promote public awareness of children's health issues
  • The Colorado Kids 1st Fund is designed to help community groups and organizations obtain funding, no
        matter  how small the request. Therefore, there is no minimum grant amount.
  • Apply for a grant
Colorado School Counselor Corps Grant Program
  • Administered by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • Colorado’s School Counselor Corps Grant Program (SCCGP) funding is awarded to eligible school districts, BOCES, charter schools or Institute charter schools. The purpose of this program is to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools. Grant funds are also used to increase the level of school counseling services provided to improve the graduation rate and increase the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to, and continue into postsecondary education.




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