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June 6, 2007

Applications Now Available for Community Awards up to $50,000

Denver – June 6, 2007 - Colorado has taken the initiative to promote responsible fatherhood and currently has financial funding available for eligible community and faith-based organizations with likeminded aspirations.

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recently awarded financial grants to 19 qualified organizations throughout the state under the Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program, a program that advances the department’s mission by assisting state, local and tribal fatherhood outreach efforts. CDHS is now accepting applications for additional grants with a funding cycle of October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008.

In October 2006, CDHS was awarded a federal grant of  $10 million to be used in the next five years with the focus and intent of improving paternal relationships and parenting. Of the $2 million to be received annually, nearly $1.2 million will be awarded to appropriate organizations that meet the application requirements.

“The grants are designed, through various programs and skill-based training sessions, to encourage strong and healthy familial relationships as well as foster responsible fathering,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist at CDHS. “We hope that these financial awards will result in organizations reaching those fathers who otherwise lack the necessary resources and outlets to acquire such parental education.”

Eligible candidates must offer direct services to fathers as a component of their programs and have the administrative capacity to manage grants. Each of the community-based organizations will also be expected to provide paternal parenting training and healthy marriage and relationship training as core services.  Grant funding will be awarded to grass roots and other community-based organizations that additionally meet one or more of the following criteria: be a social services-based mission in the state of Colorado, have an operating budget of $300,000.00 or less or have six or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

Community awards may reach up to $50,000 based upon request, meeting criteria selection and availability of funding.  All applications are due by 3:00 p.m. (MDT) on July 16, 2007.

For more information or to apply for the promoting responsible fatherhood community access grant, please visit http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/coworks/prf.htm.