The Colorado Health Foundation is inviting applications for its Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiver Supports program.
Though the program, grants will be awarded to help family, friend, and neighbor caregivers build their networks, increase access to information and resources, and provide professional development in support of stable, responsive relationships with the children in their care. Efforts should address one or more of the following: enhance family, friend, and neighbor caregiver ability to manage stress and support their own mental well-being; improve access to culturally relevant resources in their communities that can support their work and the families they serve; grow an understanding of healthy child development and culturally relevant strategies while children are in their care; and establish practices that foster strong partnerships with parents of the children that are in their care.
Preference will be given to programs/projects that focus on building the strength of caregivers as a way to improve the social-emotional development of children; consider family, friend and neighbor caregiver well-being, including understanding and coping with stress; acknowledge and build on the strengths of families and caregivers; consider how trauma may impact families and caregivers and embody strategies that are sensitive to the hard realities and resiliency present in the care setting; are based on input from caregivers, available information about local needs and lessons about what works in other places with similar characteristics; and consider multiple ways to reach caregivers to overcome barriers (e.g., online, training during nights and/or weekends, in-home supports, etc.)
Eligible applicants include community-based organizations, community-based coalitions, and public agencies that work with family, friend, and neighbor caregivers serving Coloradans living on low incomes and those historically experiencing less power and privilege.
See the Colorado Health Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.