Learn if you qualify for funding:

Steps to Success (STS) Youth Grants support projects working directly with or directly benefitting at least ten Far Northeast Denver resident youth of middle or high school age. Projects must provide a cultural, educational, recreational or community service opportunity in the state of Colorado and have strong input and collaboration with youth. Building on identified community priorities, STS has identified the following focus areas to address community needs: 

  • Address issues identified in local data for example: early and persistent problem behavior, family conflict, friends engaging in problem behavior/weak social ties, feeling sad/hopeless, substance use, bullying, social-emotional learning, etc.

  • Provide positive recognition of youth

  • Promote the youth voice by engaging youth in structured aspects of civic life, in community dialogue on social issues or in service-learning projects

  • Provide after-school, evening and/or summer opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to youth

  • Provide transportation to help youth access cultural, educational, or recreational opportunities or employment

  • Support access to evidence-based programs

The priority for all STS Youth Grant funding is to support programs serving youth who reside in the Montbello neighborhood.

It is a priority that youth not be excluded from participating in the program due to their economic situation. Therefore, if participants will be charged for the program, applicants must provide scholarships to people that need them, and must advertise the scholarships.

Maximum Grant Size: $1,000

Minimum Number of Participants: 10 Far Northeast Denver residents of middle or high school age

Application Deadline: the 15th of each month. 

Who can apply?

  • Youth or adults may apply. Adults are strongly encouraged to collaborate with young people in writing this application. Applications without youth input are unlikely to be funded. The more youth involvement there is in the planning and implementation of a project, the stronger the application will be.
  • Applicant groups/agencies may be funded one time in the 6-month period from January June, and one time for another project in the period from July December.
  • A specific project can only be funded one time in a calendar year. 

Review Process

The STS Youth Advisory Board (YAB) typically reviews and votes on applications at its monthly business meetings, held the fourth Wednesday of each month from September through May. The Board is made up of 13 high school age students from Far Northeast Denver who carefully review each proposal and make funding decisions. The Board reviews applications on a first-come, first-served basis, typically a maximum of two per month. 

Reporting Requirements

Receipts must be submitted for all purchases made for funded projects. A report form about the project must be filled out once the project has been completed. The report form includes information about attendance and outcomes as well as demographic information (gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status) about the youth who benefitted from the project.