Remaining SFY20 Recruitment & Retention Local Innovation Funds

January 23, 2020

Any county department of human/social services or licensed child placement agency (CPA) in Colorado that has not received funding from the 2019-2020 Local Innovation Fund is eligible to receive $1,000 to support local recruitment and retention of foster parents. Online applications must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Funds will be awarded by Wednesday, February 26, 2019. The maximum award amount is $1,000. Awards will be determined based on the guidelines and requirements listed below.

Applicants are highly encouraged to align their Local Innovation Fund application with the organization’s diligent recruitment plan. Full funding is not guaranteed and only applicants that align their request with their diligent recruitment efforts are eligible for full funding. Additionally, applications that align with diligent recruitment plans will be prioritized in funding decisions. 

Ideas for the use of funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Staff training on recruitment and customer service for the purposes of retention
  • Marketing and communication tools, such as website improvements, brochures and videos
  • Advertising (out-of-home and print advertising as well as digital advertising)
  • Recruitment and/or retention events
  • Activities that target unique audiences and communities identified as a recruitment need in the county or CPA’s diligent recruitment plan
  • Child-specific recruitment strategies
  • Child care or respite for foster parents
  • Coaching, support groups and mentoring programs for foster parents
  • Parents’ night out events
  • Family activities
  • Education or ongoing training

Applicants may apply to use the funding for efforts that they have completed in the past four years; however, applicants should explain how they are strengthening this ongoing effort.

Guidelines and Requirements:

·Informational materials and giveaways printed through the Local Innovation Fund must include the Colorado Department of Human Services logo. The appearance of the CDHS logo must be approved before items are printed. Contact Adrienne Cooper ( or 303-866-3309) for approval of logo use and questions about branding.

  • Funds may not be used to fund May Foster Care events or November National Adoption Month events or activities.
  • Most efforts or activities supported through the Local Innovation Fund must be completed by June 30, 2020. New this year, the Local Innovation Fund can be used for booth/table registration costs for festivals that take place after May 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2020.
  • Counties and CPAs may include several different activities and efforts in their Local Innovation Fund application.
  • Based on stakeholder feedback, and in lieu of participant evaluations and a summary evaluation, Local Innovation Fund recipients will be required to submit a one-page article explaining: who the organization reached is and why this audience was selected, the impact of the effort and lessons learned. This content may be shared with child welfare professionals via and related platforms to encourage idea sharing and to disseminate best practices. Recipients need only submit one article. The deadline to submit this article is June 15, 2020. Read a sample article here:
  • Recipients will also be asked to answer via survey: how many families/potential families did you reach and what community did you target? Recipients will also need to report on a SMART goal, which they will set for themselves. Recipients need only complete one survey and report on one SMART goal by June 15, 2020. A link to this survey can be found here.
  • Local Innovation Fund applicants are encouraged, but not required, to collaborate with other organizations and/or businesses.
  • Funded activities may be adjusted based on actual funds awarded. All adjustments must be requested and approved by CDHS in writing.
  • Photographs of the funded event or activity are highly encouraged.
  • Failure to submit an article, invoices and/or enter expenditures into CFMS by the associated deadlines may impact future funding. If the Fund recipient has an issue meeting a deadline, CDHS must be contacted prior to the deadline to discuss alternative arrangements.
  • Funding may not be used for staff time.

Local Innovation Fund recipients must first incur the costs associated with the award. Counties can submit expenses for reimbursement using the County Financial Management System (CFMS). CPAs must submit an invoice to CDHS to be reimbursed. Counties and CPAS who have previously received Local Innovation Funds are ineligible for receiving additional funds for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.  

Application Deadline has passed.

To apply to use remaining SFY20 Recruitment & Retention Local Innovation Funds, complete the electronic application and submit a signature page online or on the child welfare blog.


  • Application Deadline: February 19, 2020
  • Completion of effort/activity: June 30, 2020, unless an approved festival occurs between May 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2020.
  • Expenditures entered into CFMS (counties only): July 6, 2020
  • Submit invoice for expenditures to CDHS (CPAs only): July 6, 2020
  • NOTE: Multiple invoices can be submitted throughout the duration of the funding period. Please allow 30 days to receive payment.
  • Submit Article and Complete Survey: June 15, 2020  Survey Link.
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