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Strategic Investment Grants

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Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2017 - 2018 Mile High United Way Strategic Investment Grants. We are no longer accepting applications. If you have any questions, please contact Roweena Naidoo roweena.naidoo@unitedwaydenver.org.

At Mile High United Way, we know that our community’s challenges are bigger than any one organization can solve. Our Strategic Investment Grants are one of the many ways Mile High United Way invests in our community to change the odds for children, families, and individuals. 

What are Mile High United Way's Strategic Investment Grants?

Mile High United Way’s Strategic Investment Grants provide funding to high-performing organizations in the Metro Denver area that are implementing strategies directly aligned with our four Community Impact Goals, and are serving geographically and culturally diverse communities. These grants are just one of many ways Mile High United Way invests in our community. 

What are Mile High United Way's Community Impact Goals?

Mile High United Way is changing the odds for children, families, and individuals in Metro Denver through four interconnected, multigenerational Community Impact Goals, ensuring:

  • Children enter school ready to succeed 
  • Children are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade
  • Youth graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education or the workforce
  • Individuals and families can meet their basic needs and have every opportunity to move toward economic success

Strategic Investment Grants Overview and Purpose

Mile High United Way envisions a vibrant community that offers opportunity for everyone to succeed. We are committed to sparking collaborative action that elevates all children, youth, families, and individuals to a brighter future. 

We know that our community’s challenges are bigger than any one organization can solve. By focusing on the highest-need communities, and building partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, policymakers, and individuals, we can work faster and better to find solutions that contribute to a community of healthy, well-educated, and financially stable individuals and families.

The goal of this Strategic Investment Grant opportunity is to focus investments on outstanding organizations implementing strategies that address our four interconnected, multigenerational Community Impact Goals.  

We welcome any eligible organization serving the five-county Metro Denver community (Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties) to submit a proposal to any one of our grant categories detailing the organization’s ability to demonstrate positive impact within our Community Impact Goals.

The Strategic Investment Grants are awarded through a competitive and community driven process.

Strategic Investment Grant Categories

Mile High United Way invests in organizations poised to deliver measurable progress toward the four Community Impact Goals outlined above. As a result of our experience in community grant-making and in an effort to better focus our resources, we will consider applications in the following distinct grant categories. Each applicant may apply in only one of these categories:

  • Emergency and Basic Needs
  • Collaborating for Impact
  • Strategic Priorities​

Strategic Investment Grants: Key Dates

September 27, 2017

Strategic Investment Grants opportunity announcement 

October 3, 4, and 5          

Required information sessions (registration link below)

October 9

Grants application sent to information session attendees

November 21

Proposals due by 3 p.m. MST

November 2017 – April 2018

Proposal review process

November – December

Initial staff screening of proposals

January 2018 – April 2018

Proposal Review Committees meet, make recommendations to the Strategic Investment Grants Advisory Committee

March 2018

Strategic Investment Grants Advisory Committee makes recommendations to Mile High United Way's Board of Trustees

April 2018

Final decisions by Mile High United Way Board of Trustees

May 2018

Strategic Investment Partners announced
(once all contracts are signed)

July 1, 2018

Annual Strategic Investment Grant funding begins

Strategic Investment Grants Information Sessions

Mile High United Way will hold Strategic Investment Grant Information Sessions on the dates and times listed below.  Attendance at one session is required for each organization that intends to submit a proposal. If your organization has a fiscal sponsor, a representative from your organization and a representative from your fiscal sponsor agency must attend a session. The purpose of the session is to review proposal criteria, answer questions, and encourage collaboration. We will also provide an overview of our online application tool, CommunityForce.

All information sessions will be held at Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change, 711 Park Ave. West, Denver, CO 80205.

Mile High United Way Strategic Invesment Grant Information Session Schedule*

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

10 a.m. – noon
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

10 a.m. – noon
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

10 a.m. – noon
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

*Space is limited for each session. Additional information sessions may be added, if necessary.


Questions? We have answers.

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These are the questions we received during the information sessions. Check back often as the list of questions will be updated often as we receive questions by phone and email.


Contact Us

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you to provide clarification and guidance during this process. To contact Mile High United Way about this Strategic Investment Grant opportunity, please call our dedicated information line, 303.561.2338, or email mhuwgrants@unitedwaydenver.org