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Ent Says YES for Kids

We see young people as crucial to the present and future success of our communities. And it’s why after 23 years, we’re still approving Youth Endowment Series (YES) grants to nonprofit agencies that benefit youth in the communities we serve. In 2022, we awarded $200,000 in grants to deserving organizations across the state of Colorado.

Since we began in 2000, Ent YES Grants totaling more than $1.8 million have helped over 250 Colorado nonprofits serve children of all ages in crucial and life-changing ways. YES Grants have helped organizations throughout the state provide shelter for children facing abuse, put food on the table, enhanced literacy programs and much more.

In 2022, we received more than 160 applications with grant asks of $1.5 million. Through competitive applications and the tireless work of our committee, we narrowed that down to a total of 74 grant recipients. YES Grants are particularly meaningful at Ent as the recipients are selected entirely by a committee comprised of Ent team members from a variety of areas throughout the credit union. See the list below to view our YES Grant recipients that are serving our Colorado communities.

 

 

2022 YES Grant Winners:

Animals, Enrichment, and Financial Education
  • Bits of Freedom
  • Boulder Community Housing Corporation
  • CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc.
  • Colorado Center for the Blind
  • Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Foundation Music School
  • Mi Casa Resource Center
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc. CO-Colorado Springs Chapter
  • Youthentity
Basic Needs
  • Assistance League of Colorado Springs
  • Assistance League of Pueblo
  • Colorado FriendShip
  • Dream Centers of Colorado Springs
  • Harvest Mountain Ministries
  • HBA Foundation
  • Ithaka Land, Inc.
  • Movement 5280
  • Partners in Housing
  • Posada
  • The Place
  • Tri-Lakes Cares
  • Weld Food Bank
Education
  • "I Have A Dream" Foundation - Colorado
  • 3Hopeful Hearts
  • Adams County Youth Initiative
  • Atlas Preparatory School, Inc.
  • Aurora Community Connection
  • Bal Swan Children's Center
  • Becket Academy
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado
  • Catamount Institute
  • CPCD... Giving children a head start
  • Crossroads Safehouse, Inc.
  • Diakonia
  • Early Connections Learning Centers
  • Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
  • Hope House of Colorado
Education
  • Imagination Library of Denver
  • Kinder Haus
  • Mustang Ambassador Program
  • National Math Foundation, Inc.
  • PCs for People
  • PlayDate Behavioral Interventions
  • Shiloh Home Inc
  • TACT Kids Inc
  • Teach for America-Colorado
  • The Crawford Child Advocacy Center
  • The Tiny Tim Center, Inc
  • United Way of Weld County
  • Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation
  • You be You Early Learning
  • YouthRoots
Health
  • BraveHoods
  • ChildSafe Colorado
  • Grand Family Coalition, Inc.
  • Rehabilitative Rhythms
  • StableStrides
  • The Family Center/La Familia
  • Thriving Families
  • UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Boulder Valley
  • Zuma's Rescue Ranch
Other
  • CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties
  • CASA of Larimer County
  • CASA of Pueblo
  • Child Advocates - Denver CASA
  • Children’s Advocacy Center for the Pikes Peak Region
  • Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region
  • Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
  • Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
  • Special Kids Special Families
  • Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development
  • Urban Peak Denver

2023 YES Grant Common Questions

Applications will open again in early 2023, more information to come.

The YES Grants application has been simplified so the nonprofits can continue to serve children across Colorado. 

Organizations should provide as much information as they can in their application (program mission, agency impact, how the grant funds would be used, etc.). Unfortunately, because we receive so many applications across Colorado, there is no guarantee that an extensive application guarantees a grant amount.

Yes. As long as each program is unique with different objectives, which are clearly articulated, the decision committees review the application programs, not just the nonprofit. 

Click here for 2020, 2021, and 2022 applications. Please note you will need to log in with the same credentials used for that year. If you need to reset your password, please use the 'forgot password' link. 

An organization ask should be based on their needs. The decision committees review the program, the impact of the program, and the expenses incurred for the program.  

Yes, however, if they have been awarded a major grant ($2,500 or above) two years in a row, they are not eligible for a major grant, but could be considered for a lesser amount.  

Apply for the program based on the agency’s needs. The decision committees review each application and assess articulated benefits of the program, regardless of how established the program is. However, an established program may have more history about which to describe outcomes. 

The grant award can be applied to both program expenses and general expenses for the non-profit. The application should be clear on how the expenses will be used so the decision committees can assess greatest need and impacts. 

The winners are selected through our YES Grants employee decision committee. Ent employees apply to be a part of the committee and go through training on the YES Grants Program. 

The winners were announced in June 2022. 

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