2019 Open Request for Proposals

In December 2019, the 13th cohort of Roots & Branches Foundation, will make grants totaling approximately $50,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the greater Denver community that support incarcerated individuals, and their families and communities, as they prepare to reenter society. We hope these grants help reduce recidivism rates by believing in the value and restoring the dignity of those who have been incarcerated.

We invite nonprofit organizations serving the seven-county Greater Denver community of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties to respond to this request for proposals. Approximately $50,000 is available to grant and we anticipate making grants that range from $10,000 to $20,000. Because funds are limited, it is anticipated that not all applicants will receive funding. All applications must be received through Rose Community Foundation’s online grants portal by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2019. You will need to create or log into an existing account to view and complete the grant application.

More information about the grantmaking priority, eligibility, and application information is available here.

If you have questions about Roots & Branches Foundation’s funding priority, contact Emily Kornhauser.  For questions about the online grants portal, contact Kelli Rojas.


Since 2007, Roots & Branches Foundation has granted more than $780,000 to strengthen the Greater Denver and Boulder Jewish and broader communities.

2018 Grant Awards

Total: $60,754

To support organizations and programs that welcome and support immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Casa de Paz, $5,254 of general operating support to provide immediate needs assistance for families and individuals affected by the immigrant detention center for two months.

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, $13,000 to support lawful permanent residents in achieving naturalization and integration into community.

Project Worthmore, $12,500 of general operating support for programs and services that promote community, self-sufficiency and increase the quality of life for refugees.

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, $20,000 to support the project management of volunteer lawyers who provide free legal services in child deportation cases.

DRIVE Project, $10,000 to support workshops that empower immigrants and refugees with the understanding and tools of American government, civic engagement and voter registration, as well as partial funding for a paid internship program.