2023 Recipients and Funded Projects
Congratulations to our 2023 SEED Award recipients! It is an honor to support the following projects that enrich life for those in greater Capitol Hill and beyond:
- B-Konnected to fund the implementation and scaling of a tenant housing stability tool.
- Denver East High School to fund the creation of the Madam C.J. Walker Black Girl Hair Project.
- Denver Park Trust to help fund the annual Parks, Rivers, Trails and Trees event at Cheesman Park.
- Headwaters Protectors to fund compassionate water and trash services for people experiencing homelessness.
- Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to support Helping Hands sidewalk events and purchase of essential products for those experiencing homelessness.
- Queer Community Cultural District to help launch a new cultural district to acknowledge and honor the historic and ongoing contributions of Queer people to Denver and Capitol Hill.
- ReCreative Denver to underwrite Head Room Sessions -- live music sessions featuring BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists at various locations throughout greater Capitol Hill.
- Senior Housing to provide outdoor activities for residents of Olin Hotel Apartments.
- ReMerg to help fund the Housing, Opportunity, Unity, Stability, and Engagement (HOUSE) program for justice-involved populations.
- Urban Servant Corps to provide professional development for their full-time staff.
Open Collective Fund
Supporting the purchase a refrigerator to establish and maintain an outdoor pantry aimed at combating food insecurity and food waste by offering food 24/7/365.
Denver Park Trust
Funding a spring 2022 park clean up at Alamo Placita Park, partnering with Ready to Work, who provides work opportunities for recently homeless.
Senior Housing Options
Purchasing outdoor heaters to provide comfort to residents who socialize in the outdoor courtyard at Olin Hotel Apartments, which provides affordable housing.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Investing in the church's Helping Hands program buys much needed items, like socks, clothing, and toiletries, for those living in shelters in CHUN neighborhoods.
Underwriting Head Room Sessions, which are intimate live music sessions featuring BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists at various locations around Capitol Hill.
Denver Urban Gardens
Funding the transformation of the community garden at Morey Middle School into an outdoor classroom and gathering area, featuring native pollinator plants, edible perennials, and native berries.
Dora Moore PTSA
Purchasing books for its Little Free Library that depict diverse main characters to help encourage students to develop a healthy self-image.
Partnering with CHUN and other neighborhood groups to support their work focusing on housing access and housing stability by increasing housing retention rates among marginalized renters.
Harm Reduction Action Center
Supporting neighborhood clean-ups that encourage engagement, reduce stigma, and support public safety throughout CHUN’s boundaries.
Upgrading playground fencing to ensure children’s safety and provide outdoor play options, including a music wall and chalkboard drawing space.
Urban Servant Corps
Creating a Professional Growth and Development fund for volunteers that will cover expenses such as admission to conferences or workshops, study materials or entrance fees for the GRE examination, graduate school application fees, or books/periodicals to support future career path.
The Gathering Place
Expanding the Peer Recovery Program to include a trauma-informed program in a community-based day shelter setting.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Purchasing of toiletries and clothes for those needing a helping hand given COVID19 and resulting financial implications for so many living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Swallow Hill Neighborhood Association
Employ Ready-to-Work participants in bi-monthly neighborhood clean-ups, providing income and building positive relationships among residents and businesses. This program will micro-target areas surrounding the piloted temporary safe outdoor site (SOS) near 16th Avenue and Pearl Street.
Senior Housing Options
Enhancing exterior grounds of the Olin Hotel Apartments, which provides affordable housing for over 100 senior residents at Logan and Colfax Ave.
Morey Middle School and PTO
Investing in student access to basic hygiene needs, low cost school supplies, and after-school enrichment; funding also includes $250 for the purchase of a Chromebook for those students who lack access to technology at home.
The Blue Bench
Supporting the expansion of the Safe Bars Training Initiative in the greater Capitol Hill community—preparing staff at alcohol-serving establishments to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault, promoting active bystander intervention to prevent assault, and creating safer neighborhoods throughout Denver.
Harm Reduction Action Center
Providing financial investments in ongoing community clean-ups throughout Capitol Hill including removing unwanted trash and litter, as well as improperly disposed syringes and syringe related litter.
Awarding funds to help Warren Village incorporate a new resident mural wall on the first floor of their building located at 1323 Gilpin Street. The mural will be representative of the cultures and diversity of the residents living at the building.
Spirit of the Sun
Funding for the Indigenous Youth Art & Culture (IYAC) program—a project that strengthens cultural ties, and provides an outlet for emotional expression for those indigenous peoples residing throughout the greater Capitol Hill community.
Molly Brown House and Museum
Historic Denver will use their award to pay for access railings at the historic Molly Brown House and Museum located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street; work will provide greater access to the house and museum for those with mobility needs.
Investing in the Denver Greenverein and enhancing the intersection of 16th Ave. and Clarkson Street through added greenery and environmentally appropriate landscaping.