Apply to create a project or fund an existing project!

Extended Application Deadline and Increased Funding!

Research shows that young people who have at least one strong connection are more likely to make healthy life choices. That’s what the Forward Together campaign is all aboutTo deepen and broaden its impact, Forward Together is funding community-led efforts that create new opportunities for youth to get connected to friends and supportive adults.

Organizations that would like to participate in the Forward Together grant opportunity can request funding ($5,000-$8,000) to create a new or fund an existing youth engagement project or program. 

Please don’t wait as funding is limited! The Forward Together team (The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and its media partner SE2) will be collecting applications through Friday, April 14, 2023. Notifications of grant awards will be shared in late April.


Your grant proposal must support the Forward Together campaign objectives:

  1. Help young people find/create stronger connections to other young people.
  2. Support young people with building skills that can help them to create stronger connections.
  3. Conduct outreach to parents and adults to help them connect with the young people in their lives. Adult-facing projects must demonstrate the ultimate goal of connecting with and supporting youth.
  4. Increase awareness of the Forward Together campaign among youth ages 10 to 17 years old, as well as parents and other adults who support youth.

In addition, please keep in mind:

  • Your organization must be a nonprofit (and provide 501(c)(3) documentation).
  • The project you propose must engage youth in the planning and implementation.
  • All projects must wrap up by June 16, 2023. 
  • Your team must track and provide a report on the results of your project on or before June 23, 2023. Our team can help you with this process.

What programs do you have that meet these metrics that we could support? 

Past Project Example

The Matthew’s House used a Forward Together grant to bring music and mentorship to youth in Fort Collins.

Apply Today!

To apply: Please complete the form below. Once submitted, our team will follow up within two weeks to discuss your proposed project. 

Application due date: Please submit your proposal by April 14, 2023.

Questions? Please contact Alvina Vasquez

Grant Application

  • Applicants may request $5,000-$8,000
  • Please provide a simple, line-by-line estimate of how funding will be used. Please be as specific as possible. (i.e. "$1,000 will be used for staff support to launch mentoring program" or "$500 will be used for supplies to create a welcoming environment for youth")
  • Grant projects must wrap up on or before June 9, 2023.
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