COVID-19 Third Phase Grant Recipients

Grants were aimed at supporting these basic needs, from food and housing services to cash assistance and resource navigation. The Foundation prioritized funding for organizations serving populations that have been most impacted by the pandemic and/or have been historically under-resourced, including communities of color; domestically-at-risk, economically insecure and low-income individuals; immigrants; people experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness; people with disabilities; public assistance recipients; and older adults. Additionally, the Foundation’s Jewish Life program area made significant investments in supporting Jewish nonprofits advancing community health, safety and wellness and supporting ritual and communal life during this time of physical isolation.

Basic Needs Grantmaking

48 grants totaling $1,080,000 million to organizations supporting basic needs in the Greater Denver region. Visit our website for more information about each grant recipient and the services they provide. 

A Precious Child – Support for low-income children and their parents in the seven-county Greater Denver area through the provision of basic essentials such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, clothing, coats, shoes and hygiene products.  

Adams County Emergency Food Bank – Support for increased demand for food provision in Adams County. 

Almost Home – Support for emergency assistance in the form of rental, mortgage, utility and water assistance to households at risk of eviction or foreclosure in Adams County. 

Archway Housing & Services, Inc. – Support for food banks for low-income households across the Greater Denver area and case management through rental assistance, utility assistance, and assistance accessing public benefits such as unemployment and food stamps. 

Asian Pacific Development Center of Colorado – Support for Asian community organizations supporting the Asian community with meal deliveries, financial assistance and transportation, in addition to cultural programming and anti-hate and discrimination work. 

Boulder CarShare – Support for an affordable alternative to public transportation for residents with barriers to transit mobility, including older adults, health and medical workers, relief volunteers and other low-income residents in need of mobility services that allow them to go back to work.  

Bridge to Justice – Support for emergency civil legal assistance work for low-income families in the Greater Denver area; the organization helps prevent homelessness, loss of public benefits, garnishments, denials of health care and domestic violence by addressing complex legal problems. 

Brothers Redevelopment – Support to connect clients across the Greater Denver area to rent, mortgage, and utility assistance; provide housing counseling, home modification, senior services and affordable housing; and refer clients to external resources (such as surrounding agencies that provide emergency housing assistance, legal services, food resources, emergency shelters, etc.) 

Center for People With Disabilities – Support for people with disabilities across the Greater Denver region in applying for benefits, finding housing, learning assistive technology, connecting with medical providers, transitioning out of nursing care, and seeking employment in the wake of COVID-19 disruptions. 

Cherry Creek Schools Foundation – Support for the district in providing low-income families in Arapahoe and Denver Counties with internet access, help in paying utility bills, flexible food assistance options and rent assistance. 

Colfax Community Network – Support for individuals, families and children in transient living situations, primarily along Colfax Avenue in Adams, Arapahoe and Denver Counties, with food, case management, and remote learning support. 

Colorado Circles for Change – Support for food bank, rent and utility assistance and supplies to maintain student hubs where youth can come to have stable internet, breakfast, lunch, snacks and a safe place to focus and complete schoolwork. CCFC serves youth of color, immigrants, refugees and their families in the Denver area.  

Colorado COVID Relief Fund via Mile High United Way– Support for organizations addressing the most pressing needs of Coloradans being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. This is in addition to the Foundation’s previous $150,000 in grants to the statewide fund.  

Community College of Aurora – Support for emergency relief for housing, food, childcare or healthcare expenses for students, primarily undocumented, that are ineligible for federal aid through the CARES Act. 

Community College of Denver Foundation – Support for emergency relief for housing, food, childcare or healthcare expenses which will assist in enabling students to continue their education. CCD is a nationally designated Hispanic Serving Institution where 64 percent of students are first-generation college students and 71 percent attend while supporting their families. 

COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project via The Community Firm – Support for legal services that provide tenants with advice and direct representation in non-payment cases, buying them time in their homes, averting evictions and increasing the perceived cost of eviction to landlords in Denver County. 

COVIDCheck Colorado via Gary Community Investments – Support to help Coloradans navigate the COVID-19 pandemic through expanded testing and get back to work and school safely. 

Denver Food Rescue – Support addressing the increased demand for access to healthy foods for residents with barriers to food security in Denver County. 

Denver Indian Center – Support for direct services, utility assistance, job-placement activities and food-bank services for the broader American Indian community in Denver’s Westwood community.  

Denver Indian Family Resource Center – Support for direct services, housing, utilities and food services for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) children and families in the seven-county Greater Denver region. 

El Centro Amistad – Support for emergency housing and utilities assistance for Latinx families in Boulder County who have lost their income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is also working to ensure the community continues to have access to programs and services for mental and physical health, nutrition, youth development and personal empowerment. 

Emergency Family Assistance Association – Support for housing and eviction prevention services for low-income families in Boulder County.  

Engaged Latino Parents Advancing Student Outcomes – Support providing rental assistance, devices and technology support for low-income monolingual Spanish-speaking families with children in the Boulder County area, so they can continue remote learning. 

Gateway Domestic Violence Services – Support responding to the increased need for emergency shelter and basic-needs support for victims of domestic violence and their children in Arapahoe County.  

Help & Hope Center – Support responding to a 51 percent increase in requests for both housing assistance and utility assistance that will allow their clients to maintain stable housing in Douglas County.  

Hope Communities – Support responding to the increase in client-service needs in Denver County, which include unemployment filings, benefit information (including SNAP, WIC, Medicare/Medicaid), Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance, employment services, and food distribution. 

Imagine! – Support providing emergency housing relief to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Imagine! residential sites and group homes. 

Immunize Colorado – Support for the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce, a statewide convening of diverse BIPOC stakeholders committed to addressing vaccine hesitancy in communities of color, with a prioritized focus on disparities in COVID disease burden and preparing for access to the COVID vaccine. 

International Rescue Committee in Denver – Support for additional staff capacity to ensure that refugee clients across the Greater Denver region can continue to receive critical services such as unemployment and public benefits navigation, direct financial assistance, and upskill and re-training services. IRC has also started supporting remote learning to address some of the barriers that refugee families face in school systems. 

Jeffco Eats – Support responding to continued increase in demand for access to culturally appropriate food for residents with barriers to food security in Jefferson County. 

Keep the Lights On via Mile High United Way – Support for Phase Two of Keep the Lights On, a public-private partnership that provides direct financial assistance to licensed and family childcare providers. 

Maiker Housing Partners – Support for the Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program, an eviction and housing instability prevention program that will continue to assist low-income families and individuals in Adams County. 

Meals on Wheels of Boulder – Support for home-delivered nutritious meals for homebound older adults, people with disabilities and other food-insecure residents unable to prepare meals in Boulder and surrounding areas. 

Mercy Housing Mountain Plains – Support providing safe, stable housing to individuals and families in Adams and Denver Counties across Mercy Housing’s affordable-housing properties and for supporting the increased demand for basic needs, academic- and remote-learning support for youth, health navigation, and acquisition of benefits.  

Metro Caring– Support for food access and distribution across the Greater Denver region via drive-throughs, walk-ups, and home delivery, with an effort to tailor to individual health needs (i.e., diabetic) and cultural relevancy for food insecure populations in metro Denver. 

Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation: – Support for immigrant, undocumented/DACA students ineligible for federal aid, including assistance with food, housing, healthcare, childcare, mental health, and other immediate needs. 

NAACP, Denver Chapter – Support for basic-needs assistance including food distribution, emergency cash assistance and remote learning devices for Black/African American students and their families. 

Rose Andom Center – Support providing integrated health care, including primary care, forensic documentation and behavioral health services to domestic violence victims and their children in metro Denver, including safety supports such as cell phones, food and housing assistance. 

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence – Support providing shelter, housing and rent assistance, food, household supplies, a 24-hour crisis hotline and wrap-around services to survivors of domestic violence who cannot access other support due to transportation issues, health concerns or immigration status. This nonprofit serves Latinx, LGBT, older adults, families and children in the Boulder area. 

Seniors’ Resource Center – Support for at-risk homebound older adults and people with disabilities in Jefferson County and surrounding areas with food assistance and delivery, in-home personal care and respite services, virtual engagement and reassurance calls. 

Sister Carmen Community Center – Support delivering critical services such as financial assistance and food to low-income individuals and families adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Struggle of Love Foundation – Support for food pantry and wrap-around services which include mental-health support, violence interruption and prevention, and family supports in the Northeast Denver/Montbello area. 

The Delores Project – Support for 24/7 shelter (Housing First model) for homeless women and transgender individuals including intensive care management and integrated behavioral health services in metro Denver. 

The Reciprocity Collective – Support providing employment and benefits assistance, and referral assistance for basic needs for unhoused populations. 

There With Care – Support providing food, transportation, clothing, baby essentials, toiletries, home maintenance products, rent/mortgage and utility assistance for low-income families with critically ill children in metro Denver. 

Via Mobility Services – Support for transportation services including critical medical appointments and food and prescription deliveries to older adults, people with disabilities, WIC recipients, and other impacted populations in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Jefferson Counties. 

We Don’t Waste – Support for food recovery and distribution in the Greater Denver area, including mobile food markets to food-insecure community members of all ages. 

Jewish Life Grantmaking

32 grants totaling $1,153,941 to Jewish organizations advancing community health, safety and wellness and supporting ritual and communal life. 

Congregation Har HaShem – Support to help evaluate recent data collection efforts of the synagogue and deepen its understanding of the 2019 Jewish Community Study as it relates to the organization’s mission and goals, in order to help it respond to the changing environment. 

Staenberg-Loup JCC – Support to hire a chief operating officer and provide ongoing programming to engage and support diverse communities within the Jewish community. 

BBYO – Support providing Jewish teens with fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish community. 

Beth Jacob High School – Support for additional staff hours to provide extra attention and tutoring to students who are falling behind due to COVID-19, as well as technology upgrades, including IT support, tablets and additional hardware to facilitate more effective remote learning. 

BMH-BJ Congregation – Support for services, programming and classes through video and live streaming and to provide members of the congregation with the technology to use in home. 

B’nai Havurah – Support for a “community connection” project that aims to pair up member youth with older adults who are experiencing isolation and disconnection due to health and safety precautions. 

Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative – Support for 11 early childhood education (ECE) centers and project support for Jewish ECE innovation projects. 

Congregation Rodef Sholom – Support to help people find an entrance to and inspiration in Judaism and to help grow and sustain Jewish life. 

Hillel Academy – Support to help the school sustain its evolving response to COVID-19. 

Honeymoon Israel – Support to address COVID-19’s unique challenges to intermarried Jewish couples through virtual programming. 

Jewish Family Service of Colorado – Support to help build a Jewish community where individuals with disabilities feel an authentic sense of belonging and to provide flexible financial assistance to families facing immediate eviction. 

Jewish Explorers via JEWISHcolorado – Support for virtual programming for families looking for local and innovative ways to engage in Judaic learning and Jewish life. 

JTown – Support to professionalize JTown’s operations to enable more sophisticated communication, event management, marketing, fundraising and accounting processes. 

Kabbalah Experience – Support to help create opportunities for Jews of all backgrounds and their family members to engage in relevant spiritual and educational growth. 

Kavod Senior Life – Support for maintaining screening staff hired to provide essential services and securing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for staff and residents through much of 2021. 

Merkaz Torah V’Chesed – Support to grow technological capacity by investing in new computers and a new CRM platform to better support fundraising and administrative efforts. 

Ramah in the Rockies – Support for a scaled-back, in-person camp season in 2021. 

Shalom Park – Support for additional “Care Partners” – staff who help mitigate some of the negative effects of isolation for residents – through 2021, with the assumption that nursing homes will remain under increased restrictions for much of the next year. 

Southwest NCSY via The Orthodox Union – Support for the Denver chapter’s continued engagement of Jewish teens in advocacy, leadership opportunities, in-depth Judaic learning, social action initiatives, immersive Israel trips and positive experiences with other teens. 

The Jewish Experience – Support for ongoing programmatic efforts to increase engagement with Jewish life for Jewish adults who feel disconnected. 

Yeshiva Toras Chaim – Support to enable Yeshiva to safely operate and to ensure the continuity of services.