Thursday, April 9, 2020

New Website Host and Newsletter!

New Website Host and Newsletter
Hello! Thank you for being part of this community! The Violence and Injury Prevention Network is now transitioning to a new host site and name - you can now find us here as Thriving Communities Colorado! We will no longer make blog posts, but instead, you can sign-up for our newsletter for current updates and resources on the new site. We will keep this website up for a few more months so you can continue to access resources here, but please start transitioning to the new site as you’re able. We hope you enjoy the newsletter as our new way of keeping you informed and providing resources, and that you make good use of our new site and look!  Thank you!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Illuminate Colorado and Prevent Child Abuse America have a toolkit, resources, and concrete actions that we can all take throughout the month of April to prevent child abuse and make sure great childhoods happen for all kids in Colorado.

Everything has changed.

Things have changed for every family in Colorado during the COVID-19 public health crisis, so, the tools EVERYONE NEEDS to prevent child abuse during Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) have changed too.

Thank you for your patience as we worked with our national partners at Prevent Child Abuse America to update materials and messaging. 

Updated Toolkit Items

Media Outreach Update

Download Media Advisory distributed today.

If you are a parent, foster parent, caregiver, home visitor, caseworker, community member, representative from a government or nonprofit agency, or elected official willing to engage with this campaign to strengthen families in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis and wiling to talk to the media about what you have planned, complete the speakers bureau form.

We will be distributing a press release announcement to launch the campaign at 5:00 am on April 1 and continue to look for ways to engage the media throughout the month.

We encourage you to use the virtual story-telling opportunities on the Inspirational Center ASAP to talk about how you or your organization are #DoingmypartCO to Make #Greatchildhoods Right Now. 
Kick off national child abuse prevention month on April 3 on National #WearBlueDay2020 by wearing blue at home and sharing your photos on social media.

Show your support for #greatchildhoods.

Take the Pledge to Strengthen Families Right Now

Everyone can be a positive influence for their family and friends online. You have the power to influence your community. Pledge to strengthen families and receive daily social media posts. 
#DoingMyPartCO includes promoting the five things every family needs right now to stay strong and get daily challenges throughout the month of April to make #greatchildhoods happen at home and in your community.

Livestream: 2020 Child Abuse Prevention Month Launch - April 7

Join the together to launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Colorado. In light of public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19, this event will be held online only on April 7, 2020. 

Share Your Story. Inspire Others.


Thank someone or an organization that is making #greatchildhoods happen in your home or community right now.


Enter a photo for a chance to win a mini-grant for your favorite Colorado nonprofit serving children and families! Show us what is giving you strength to make #greatchildhoods happen in your home or community.


Share you thoughts on how #DoingmypartCO means strengthening families right now. Post a video on Instagram or Twitter with the sentence  #DoingmypartCO to Make #Greatchildhoods Right Now to get added to the Inspirational Video Gallery.


Download the pinwheel coloring sheet, color it and post it in the window and take a photo. Share this giveaway with friends and organize a pinwheel scavenger hunt for the kids in the neighborhood.


Due to a stay-at-home order for the City and County of Denver we are unable to ship items. You are welcome to continue ordering items, in fact we appreciate your support and look forward to fulfilling all orders when it is safe for our employees to return to our office in Denver, Colorado. ​Thank you for your patience as we continue to try to raise awareness for the prevention of child maltreatment together.

Thank you, again for your patience We hope these tools help everyone engage and inspire communities to strengthening families right now.  There will be MANY MORE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES throughout the month.

Please continue to visit the Inspiration CenterSubscribe to get updates from the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado or follow the social media channels of Illuminate Colorado. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Funding Opportunity: CDC Suicide Prevention Funding

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CDC-RFA-CE20-2001) will support the implementation and evaluation of CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to implement and evaluate this approach to suicide prevention, with attention to vulnerable populations* that have higher suicide rates than the general population and account for a significant proportion of the suicide burden. The program’s goal is to reduce suicide and suicide attempts in vulnerable populations by 10%.
Suicide is a growing public health crisis in the United States. In 2018, suicide took more than 48,000 lives, with rates increasing 35% since 1999. Suicide has devastating consequences on individuals, families, schools/workplaces, and entire communities. There is no single cause of suicide. Factors increasing suicide risk occur at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels and may include job/financial, health, criminal/legal, and relationship problems, substance use, loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, a history of suicide attempts, and mental health concerns, among others.

In order to address this range of risk factors and prevent suicide, CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention is needed. This approach includes the development of a strategic action plan with the following components:

  • Strong leadership to convene and connect multi-sectoral partnerships 
  • Use of data to identify vulnerable populations with increased risk of suicide and to better characterize risk and protective factors in these populations 
  • Inventory of existing programs; identification of gaps in prevention for the vulnerable population(s); and selection of multiple policies, programs, and practices with the best available evidence using CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
  • Rigorous evaluation of the overall approach and individual activities 
  • Use of data for continuous quality improvement and sustained impact 
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a communication and dissemination plan 

Pending available funding, CDC’s Injury Center intends to commit approximately $7 million per year for five years to support up to ten cooperative agreement recipients.

More information is available at

For questions about this announcement, please email:

Important Dates
  • April 8, 2020: Pre-Application Conference Call to address questions from eligible applicants. Questions and answers from the discussion will be shared online and included in an amended NOFO. 
  • April 30, 2020: Due Date for Letter of Intent
  • May 26, 2020: Due Date for Applications
* Vulnerable populations include, but are not limited to, veterans, tribal populations, rural communities, LGBTQ, and people who are homeless.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Funding Opportunity for COVID Response

Please click here for more information:
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.

Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. Read below for more information.

Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Community-based organizations that meet the following three criteria areas are eligible to apply: Organization type, populations served, and alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.
  1. Organization type: Nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts and small businesses who are:
  2. Populations served:
    • Eligible organizations must serve one or more of the following populations in Colorado through programs and services:
      • Children from families living on low income* who are impacted by school or childcare closures
      • Communities of color
      • Healthcare, hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers
      • Immigrant and refugee communities
      • Minimum or low-wage employees displaced by business closures
      • Older adults living on low income* 
      • People with limited English proficiency
      • People with disabilities
      • People without health insurance
      • Victims of domestic violence or child abuse
      • People living on low income* 
      • People experiencing homelessness
      • Workers without access to paid sick leave
        *For the purpose of this Fund, low income is defined as living at or below the poverty line or qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
  3. Alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery.
    • Eligible organizations must demonstrate that they are meeting a community-driven need through their programs and services within one of the following three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery: Note that for the first funding cycle, eligible organizations may only apply in the Prevention and Impact priority areas.
      • Prevention (examples include: medical supplies, shelter staff coverage, residential facilities staff serving vulnerable populations, nursing home staff coverage for low income households, mobility services serving vulnerable populations, cleaning supplies for shelters or care facilities of all kinds, medical information and support such as messaging campaigns)
      • Impact (examples include: economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the outbreak, early childhood education availability, technology assistance, childcare, education, volunteer services, food access or services, schools)
      • Recovery (examples include: medical supplies, activities to support small business focused on charitable efforts, mental and behavioral health for most vulnerable populations, volunteer services)

Friday, April 3, 2020

Recognize Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - Earlier Deadline this Year!

Recognize Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy  - Earlier Deadline this Year!
National Philanthropy Day in Colorado is accepting nominations for outstanding youth and youth groups (aged 18 and younger).  National Philanthropy Day pays tribute to youth demonstrating an outstanding commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism. The Outstanding Youth and Outstanding Youth Group winners each receive a $3,000 cash award.
Help recognize the youth inspiring the next generation of philanthropists by submitting a nomination for one of these impactful awards. Nomination forms and additional information are available at  Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 22, 2020.
All award winners, and their nominators, will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado Awards Luncheon on November 13, 2020. Each year, the event draws more than 800 people to honor the accomplishments of the award winners.  In Colorado, the Association of Fundraising Professionals coordinates National Philanthropy Day.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Resources for Supporting Children During COVID-19

Child Trends, a research organization focused on improving the lives of children and youth, has important resources for addressing the impacts of COVID-19, including their most recent publication: 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

CDC: NEW Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

NEW Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

Rigorously Evaluating Approaches to Preventing Adult-Perpetrated Child Sex Abuse (CSA)
Application Due Date: 05/29/2020
On March 26, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released RFA-CE-20-005, Rigorously Evaluating Approaches to Prevent Adult-Perpetrated Child Sex Abuse (CSA). Please visit for the most current information and click on the red Subscribe button to be automatically notified of updates.

The purpose is to solicit investigator-initiated research to rigorously evaluate approaches (programs, policies, or practices) for their impact on primary prevention of child sexual abuse (CSA) perpetrated by adults. CSA is defined here broadly as sexual victimization during childhood (before 18 years of age). CSA is a preventable adverse childhood experience (ACE) and a serious threat to the health and development of children in the United States. Research funded under this announcement will strengthen the evidence base for primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA. Applicants must propose rigorous evaluation designs, which for the purposes of this funding opportunity can include experimental or quasi- experimental designs.

The intent of this announcement is to support the rigorous evaluation of an approach for the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA that addresses one of the following three research priorities:

Research Priority One: Existing approaches for the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA that have not yet been rigorously evaluated and shown to be effective for the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA.

Research Priority Two: Existing evidence-based approaches that have empirical evidence of effectiveness in reducing other forms of violence but have not been rigorously evaluated for their effectiveness in the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA.

Research Priority Three: Community- or societal-level approaches that address the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA but have not been rigorously evaluated for their effectiveness in the primary prevention of adult-perpetrated CSA.

NCIPC intends to commit up to $800,000 in fiscal year 2020 to support up to two (2) awards. The total amount awarded, and the number of awards will depend upon the number, quality, duration and cost of applications received and approved.

For More Information
The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found under RFA-CE-20-005 at at this link:

A pre-application teleconference call will be conducted to address questions regarding this NOFO. Questions and answers from the discussion will be included in an amended NOFO approximately 3 weeks after the call.
  • April 14, 2020, 1:00–2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Toll-Free Number: 1-866-600-6035; Conference ID: 23198543
Letter of intent due: April 30, 2020
Application due: May 29, 2020

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