Anxiety, depression, suicide, and substance use are widely understood to be pressing behavioral health issues facing Colorado youth and young adults. And though behavioral health needs are ubiquitous, inequities exist across groups and geographies and result from a variety of underlying issues, including discrimination, harassment, various forms of violence, stressors related to poverty or immigration status, cultural stigma, and access to culturally responsive resources.
Through its Supporting Healthy Minds and Youth Resiliency opportunity, the Colorado Health Foundation aims to build the social-emotional skills of and create supportive environments for young people in Colorado facing barriers to mental well-being.
Organizations may seek up to two years of funding for the maintenance, enhancement, or expansion of current social-emotional skill development work, the addition of social-emotional learning components to an existing program, or to start a new program to advance social-emotional skill-building.
The program supports organizations that work with youth in rural and frontier communities, LGBTQ youth, and/or youth of color. The foundation encourages applicants that include participants who are in or aging out of foster care; from immigrant, refugee, or mixed-status families; or who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
Though programs may vary in overall structure in content, examples of projects eligible for grant support include group self-improvement, community service, poetry and the arts, outdoor adventure or athletics, life-skill development and service learning, apprenticeship and job skill training, youth organizing, and programs serving youth who are experiencing homelessness.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency in Colorado.
See the Colorado Health Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.