Want to make Denver even better? Rose Community Foundation aims to help with new grants

Denver's getting bigger and better in many ways, but Rose Community Foundation is betting that people have ideas that can help make it even better. That's why it's launching the Innovate for Good grant program, which will award up to 10 grants totaling $250,000.

The grants will be awarded to fund projects that answer the question: "What new and innovative idea would you bring to life to make the greater Denver community a better place to live?" The program is open to artists, engineers, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, teenagers, retirees -- you name it. Proposals must make a positive, measurable difference within one year and focus on new, creative programs, products or services and/or new approaches to addressing a need in the greater Denver community.

"This is a new kind of project for Rose Community Foundation and we are very excited at the energy and enthusiasm it is already fueling," said Sheila Bugdanowitz, the foundation's president and CEO. "We think it is important to hear from and connect to people and organizations we might not reach through our typical grantmaking process. We can't wait to see what ideas come in from all over the greater Denver community!"

The foundation began accepting proposals for the grants on Jan. 6 and will accept them through Feb. 2. The proposals will be reviewed by a diverse committee of community members and the foundation. The organization plans select semi-finalists in late February. Finalists will present a live pitch at Rose Community Foundation's 20th Anniversary celebration in June 2015, at which point grant winners will be announced.

Rose Community Foundation is accepting ideas via its website. The foundation will respond to questions about the Innovate for Good grant program at innovateforgood@rcfdenver.org.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.
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