2Generation Opportunities (2GO)

Update: We have completed the decision process and contacted everyone who applied for the program. We will hold a formal announcement regarding the 10 recipients of the 2GO grants in November.

About 2Gen | 2GO Pilot RFP Guidance

When programs and policies are designed with the
whole family’s educational and economic future in mind,
opportunity becomes a family tradition.

A two-generation (2Gen) approach – focusing on children and their parents together –
harnesses the family’s full potential and puts them on the path to success.

Fragmented approaches to serving families that separately address the needs of children and their caregivers can leave either the child or the caregiver behind, reducing the likelihood of success for all members of the family. The 2Gen approach brings all family members along together, assesses all family members together and provides all family members with opportunities, together, to be successful. 

Two-generation (2Gen) approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both children and the adults in their lives together. The approach recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves. This approach has proven effective at breaking children and their families free from the traps of poverty and empowering them to live up to their full potential. The 2Gen framework helps children and families get the education and workforce training, social supports like parenting skills, and health care they need to create a legacy of economic stability and overall well-being that passes from one generation to the next.

Visit Ascend at the Aspen Institute to learn more about 2Gen approaches.


The 2GO Pilot is seeking proposals to addresses systemic challenges
and empower families to reach their full potential.

2GO is a new effort to help communities innovate and create their own ways of engaging in a 2Gen approach to service delivery. We know there are some great ideas out there and we can’t wait to see them! 

The 2GO Pilot will award up to 10 grants of $100,000 each to regional and community collaborators who propose innovative ways to create a path to the middle class for whole families. 

The 2GO Pilot grants will be used to build community readiness and to collaborate with other community leaders. This pilot could create new partnerships to better serve families and ensure outcomes for the whole family.  Following an initial planning stage, awardees will receive funding to pilot their ideas for demonstrating feasibility and effectiveness. CDHS anticipates that up to four years of additional funding may be available for successful projects. The request for proposal (RFP) is available on ColoradoVSS until Sept. 28, 2018.

Learn more about the 2Gen Approach at the Colorado Department of Human Services.

2GO Request for Proposal

Visit ColoradoVSS to view and and apply for the RFP. For more information regarding 2GO and the RFP process, download and watch a webinar we hosted on Sept. 11. (To download just the slideshow without narration, click here.)


Consider the following questions as you develop your proposal:

  • Are the families in our community being “cut up” and served by funding stream and topic, rather than by need? How might we solve this challenge and make it easier for families to work and to parent while receiving support?
  • How can our community bring support systems together to help the entire family thrive? Can we do this in a way that supports the development of assets including social capital?
  • Are families aware of and fully accessing the current services?  If not, how can we involve them in solving this challenge? What are the additional supports that families desire and need to access, and how can we improve access with their involvement?
  • Are there racial or gender disparities in services which we need to address?  How will we include equity in all of our thinking?   
  • How will our community know that we are supporting solutions to intergenerational poverty through these changes?

Gears descripting key components of proposals