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2023 Grant Recipients

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In our third grant cycle, we awarded $1,107,215 to 29 local non-profits who were granted funds because their requests prioritized the unmet needs of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) across our six funding areas. Learn more about our incredible recipients, their missions, and grant details below!

Local non-profits can learn more about our criteria, funding areas, and annual grant cycle details on the Grant Info page.

Mission Statement: Empowering every age at every stage.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded NTSOC $116,620 to support their bathroom remodel so it’s in alignment with ADA compliance requirements, to purchase two terrain hoppers to allow outdoor mobility of clients and provide occupational and physical therapy; and to fund an employee-client appreciation event at the Colorado Springs Zoo.

Mission Statement: Hilltop Ranch is a faith-based residential community for adults with disabilities that prioritizes individualized care and personal growth.

County/Counties Served: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

Independent Living

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Hilltop Ranch $100,000 to ‘Launch the Lodge’, a residence for young adults between the ages of 19 and 33 with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) that prioritizes personal growth and addresses the need for housing and care for this community. “This grant will allow us to open our Lodge so that we can start serving young adults with I/DD” (Lydia Griffith, Director of Development at Hilltop Ranch). 

Mission Statement: To promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the communities of the Pikes Peak region throughout their lifetimes.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Teller County, and Park County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Assistive Technology

Independent Living

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded The Arc Pikes Peak Region $99,500 to support their Succeeding in School & Life Program, which seeks to empower parents to become their child’s primary educator by proving the support, tools, equipment, and supplies needed to create a sound home learning environment for the whole family. This program will also enhance early intervention practices for students with I/DD. “Disabling Barrier grant funds will allow The Arc to continue to fully utilize their personal development campus as a model homeschool setting and to promote and support students with I/DD in becoming successful in school and life” (Wilfred Romero, Executive Director of Arc PPR).

Mission Statement: Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mission is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research, and advocacy. Children’s Colorado treats more & heals more kids than any other hospital in the region. Consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation, we’ve been caring solely for kids for more than a century — the big things, the little things & everything in between.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County, Montrose County, Gunnison County, Chaffee County, Huerfano County, Costilla County, Conejos County, Archuleta County, Montezuma County, Dolores County, San Miguel County, Park County, Lake County, Lincoln County, Douglas County, Elbert County, Saguache County, Bent County, Otero County, Las Animas County, Hinsdale County, Kiowa County, Prowers County, Baca County, Kit Carson County, Rio Grande County, Alamosa County, Crowley County, Cheyenne County, Mineral County, Ouray County, Pitkin County, Custer County, and Delta County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation $80,000 to expand their southern Colorado location’s therapy programming, equipment, and services offered within clinical spaces to better support patients with I/DD.

Mission Statement: The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County, Montrose County, and Gunnison County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

Independent Living

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Adaptive Sports Center $70,350 to support their Strategic Plan goal of increasing local and regional participation by providing funding for direct programming costs, program support costs, and participant/caregiver travel and respite for clients with I/DD.

Mission Statement: Improving health care access and equity for children and youth with special health care needs.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County, Montrose County; and throughout Southern Colorado.

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Independent Living

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Family Voices Colorado $60,640 to serve individuals with special health care needs and I/DD and their families. Their services support families as they navigate Medicaid and other systems based medical assistance programs as well as transitioning from child to adult systems and future planning needed to successfully transition.

Mission Statement: Trinity Community Park welcomes all members of our community and celebrates diversity. The completed park will be a magnet for those with unique needs, plus their friends and families. No one should be left out or left behind. TCP will have state of the art equipment and the FIRST in Southern Colorado, providing equal play at a park where everyone can play & explore together. Inclusivity means EVERYONE! 

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County and Southern Douglas County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Trinity Community Park $65,300 to finalize Phase 2 of their adaptive, inclusive park in Monument which includes ADA-compliant surfaces and state-of-the-art play structures; teeter totter, ADA swings, plus a wheelchair-friendly merry-go-round and trampoline.

Mission Statement: FTB is dedicated to creating sound accessible environments using vibrotactile technology to bring the expressive world of music and dance education to individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) and/or living with a disability. FTB envisions a world where music and dance education are equally accessible to individuals of all abilities.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

Assistive Technology

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Feel The Beat a matching award of $50,000 for their inclusive/adaptable vibrotactile dance floor where they will host dance classes and music programming at Colorado School for Deaf and Blind serving 162 students ages infant to 18. 

Mission Statement: The Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS is committed to providing equitable and meaningful inclusive access to university life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The OIS works toward equal participation in academic, social, and career experiences on campus and in the surrounding community. As students with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate with equal access, the communities they engage in will transform to redefine inclusion.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County and Pueblo County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Coaching, Post-High School Education and Job Support

Independent Living

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded the Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS $49,460 to provide four scholarships to students from underserved populations with I/DD from southern CO to attend one semester free of charge. 

Mission Statement: Tall Tales actively partners with adults living with I/DD in their pursuit of full and enriched lives by creating and sustaining a radically inclusive community and opportunities.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: Douglas County and El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

Coaching, Post-High School Education & Job Support

Independent Living

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers offered Tall Tales Ranch a matching award of $25,000 to support the purchase of a truck to tow their mobile coffee trailer used to employ young adults with I/DD. 

Mission Statement: Advocating for independence and inclusion, TRE partners with children and adults who have a variety of disabilities, delays, mental health or long-term care needs. We do this using a person-centered approach in coordinating care, promoting choices, and collaborating with community partners.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County. 

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Independent Living

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded The Resource Exchange $45,000 to support their continued expansion of Respite Programs, an increase from 3 events per month to 7 events per month, and to help 200+ families from southern CO every month.

Mission Statement: IN! Pathways to Inclusive Higher Education’s mission is to create inclusive college opportunities in Colorado for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to foster academic growth, social development, career advancement, and independence.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County, and Montrose County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Coaching, Post-High School Education and Job Support

Independent Living

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded IN! $44,280 to fund outreach, engagement, and mentorship that supports students with I/DD in southern Colorado on inclusive pathways to achieve self-growth, academic and career advancement, and independent living. Additionally, DB’s grant will provide a 1 year scholarship for a student with I/DD from southern CO to attend a southern CO university with a federally designated Comprehensive Transition Program in place.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Spina Bifida Association of Colorado is to build a better and brighter future for all those affected by Spina Bifida. We pursue our Mission by educating the public about the latest research, prevention and by updating them on available resources in Colorado. For those individuals and families already affected, we bring them together through multiple activities and networking events to see they are not alone in their fight and so that they may help support one another.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, and Otero County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

Coaching, Post-High School Education, and Job Support

Independent Living

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Spina Bifida Association of Colorado $31,700 to support continued outreach to Spina Bifida teens, young adults, and families south of Denver area through networking events, educational programs, and direct aid. They will also begin a teen work/mentor program.

Mission Statement: The Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center is a nonprofit organization committed to delivering the highest quality therapeutic riding and specialized therapy to individuals with special needs. We provide equine-assisted activities to those facing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County and Pueblo County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center $30,250 to purchase therapy horses to continue offering their therapeutic services to children and young adults with I/DD as several of their current horses are of retirement age.

Mission Statement: To promote, strengthen, and support individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Vision: Giving people in need the resources, compassion, and freedom to achieve the life that everyone deserves.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County and Teller County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Special Kids Special Families $30,000 to support Zach’s Place Program, a holistic care program  for children ages 2.5-18 with developmental disabilities and other behavioral, physical and medical needs from low-income families. “We serve high-need clients regardless of ability to pay to ensure inclusion of families who have no other options for affordable specialized care” (Kevin Porter, Executive Director of SKSF).

Mission Statement: Reigning Hope (formally Chuckie’s Place), is a farm clinic providing life changing therapies. Reigning Hope is a farm-based clinic that enhances the lives of individuals, through therapies that create positive cognitive, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social growth while also providing support and programs for their family and caregivers.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Fremont County, and Teller County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Reigning Hope Therapy Services $29,174 to install an Aquatic Therapy Pool providing OT, PT, Speech and Aquatic therapy for the community of individuals and families with I/DD across Southern Colorado. “Aquatic therapy is an unmet need in the I/DD community. This grant would provide aquatic OT, PT, and Speech. In the pool, these therapies offer many benefits, including but not limited to water buoyancy, reducing gravity’s effects and impact while promoting proper alignment and gait mechanics, making it easier for individuals to move their joints through a full range of motion” (Kesti Suggs, Executive Director of RHTS).

Mission Statement: The mission of Colorado Discover Ability (CDA) is to increase the independence, self-confidence, and self-worth of people with disabilities through outdoor recreation.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: Mesa County.

DB Funding Area(s):

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Colorado Discover Ability $24,756 to provide quality, safe, and inclusive adventure camps, float trips, and adaptive sports for young people (ages 12-25 years) with physical, developmental, cognitive and/or behavioral health challenges.

Mission Statement: The Lockwood Foundation’s primary mission is to make adventure accessible for those who require adaptive means to engage in outdoor activities.  Our events provide life-changing opportunities for individuals who have mobility disabilities to enjoy the outdoors alongside their caregivers and family members.

A secondary mission is to provide support to caregivers and family members. 

Finally, the organization works to educate the public on inclusivity, accommodation and accessibility.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County and Fremont County.

DB Funding Area(s):

sports

Sports & Recreation

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded The Lockwood Foundation $20,000 to provide access for individuals who otherwise cannot engage in outdoor trail experiences through the use of adaptive trailriders and bi-skis. Participants will experience life-changing moments that positively impact their quality of life while also providing support to caretakers & family members from southern Colorado.

Mission Statement: Luke 5 Adventures exists to help people with disabilities and their families gain full access to outdoor experiences.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Assistive Technology

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Luke 5 Adventures $15,000 to purchase two off road adaptive hiking wheelchairs and a covered trailer to increase hikers with disabilities access to the outdoors in El Paso County.

Mission Statement: Healthy families and healthy children through the creation of practical resources and support for parents of special needs.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Teller County and Douglas County.

DB Funding Area(s): 

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

sports

Sports & Recreation

Independent Living

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

Assistive Technology

Coaching, Post-High School Education and Job Support

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Need Project, a Colorado Springs based organization, $17,750 to expand their work on a Resource Database, Podcast, and Parent Project. “We aim to increase both awareness of the projects and their reach” (Bob West, President of Need Project).

Mission Statement: The mission of the Adaptive Sports Association is to provide outdoor, sport and recreational experiences for people with disabilities. These activities are provided regardless of individual financial limitations and create an atmosphere for learning and enhancing self-esteem.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: La Plata County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Independent Living

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Adaptive Sports Association $15,000 to support their year-round outdoor programs for individuals with disabilities. Support would include financial assistance and funding for ongoing training of staff and volunteers.

Mission Statement: Fishing Has No Boundaries®, Inc. is an organization whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing, enabling thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate fully in this spirit-lifting, morale boosting, trouble-free recreational activity. We believe through education, training, and the use of adaptive angling equipment, everyone is able to share in a dream come true.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County and Pueblo County.

DB Funding Area(s):

sports

Sports & Recreation

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Fishing Has No Boundaries $15,000 to provide an outdoor recreational opportunity for individuals with I/DD in southern Colorado with adaptive equipment throughout Spring, Summer and Fall. 

Mission Statement: To create a place where people and animals come together for the purpose of healing. This is accomplished through professionally facilitated programming conducted with horses and other animals in a therapeutic environment that emphasizes self-awareness, safety, and positive relationships. Through the powerful human-animal bond, Harmony Acres affects deep, positive change for children and adults struggling with the impacts of trauma, abuse, family separation, adoption, and/or disability.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: Mesa County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Skilled & Non-Skilled Home Care & Respite

sports

Sports & Recreation

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Harmony Acres $14,200 to provide professionally facilitated Therapeutic Riding (individual and group) for ability-impaired youth and young adults (under 25) in Mesa County.

Mission Statement: The mission of Ainsley’s Angels is to build awareness about the importance of inclusion, through action, while transforming populations into all-inclusive communities.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County, Pueblo County, Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County and Montrose County. 

DB Funding Area(s):

sports

Sports & Recreation

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: DB awarded Ainsley’s Angels $13,675 to reach more children & young adults with I/DD in southern Colorado by providing equipment, programing, and coordination for recreational and sports opportunities.

Mission Statement: TO LEARN, GROW, ACHIEVE: EVERY CHILD, EVERY CLASSROOM, EVERY DAY

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Widefield School District 3, $10,000 to create their own adaptive lending library, enabling access to tools that can enhance the learning of their most impacted learners. DB’s grant will also support staff training, and the teachers to use these tools and devices in assessing skill levels and encouraging students to progress to higher level devices

Mission Statement: A Shared Vision’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower families to nurture the development of their very young children who are blind or visually impaired so that all children may discover their brightest future. Our goal is that all families of children with visual impairments have access to and receive essential early intervention services from a community of highly skilled and collaborative professionals.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: Mesa County, La Plata County, Fremont County, Montrose County, Delta County, Gunnison County, San Miguel County, Ouray County, Hinsdale County, Dolores County, Montezuma County, Archuleta County, San Juan County, Mineral County, Conejos County, Rio Grande County, Alamosa County, Costilla County, Saguache County, Bent County, Crowley County, Otero County, Huerfano County, Las Animas County, Baca County, Kiowa County, and Prowers County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded A Shared Vision $10,000 to identify children with possible visual impairments and provide vision screening protocol and training for pediatric medical professionals in southern Colorado.

Mission Statement: The Arc of Southwest Colorado’s mission is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We believe that all people deserve to love, work, play, and learn in the communities in which they choose to live, and that all people, with or without disabilities, have inherent value with innate abilities and strengths and are equal before the law.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: La Plata County, Montezuma County, Archuleta County, San Juan County, and Dolores County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Coaching, Post-High School Education and Job Support

Alternate Focus Area

Independent Living

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded The Arc Southwest Colorado $8,013 to create an annual training for parents of students with I/DD ages 14-21 that outlines the process to successfully transition their student from school services into adult services.

Mission Statement: Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) prepares children for success in school and in life by providing excellent comprehensive early childhood services in partnership with diverse families and the community.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s):

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded CPCD $8,013 to purchase iPads and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology apps for young children with special needs in southern Colorado.

Mission Statement: Providing opportunities and environments to build bright futures.

County/Counties Served by this Grant: El Paso County.

DB Funding Area(s):

medical care

Medical Care & Case Management Awareness

Assistive Technology

Grant Description: Disabling Barriers awarded Our House $4,000 to purchase a Hoyer lift, sling, and provide mobility training for staff to serve their high needs clients better and safely.

Local nonprofits can learn more about our criteria, funding areas, and annual grant cycle details on the Grant Info page.

*Disclaimer: The information provided by Disabling Barriers on this page is for general informational purposes only. All information and links to external sites (those of our grant recipients) are provided in good faith; however we make no representation, or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information within these sites.