In partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, Illuminate Colorado is awarding mini grants to support approved curricula to prevent child sexual abuse on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. All trainings must be complete by June 30, 2020.

At the time of this announcement, the approved curricula are: Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development and Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children.

Authorized Facilitators / Certified Trainers in each curriculum are eligible to submit mini grant requests. Organizations interested in receiving one of these trainings, may contact Illuminate Colorado to be matched to an Authorized Facilitator/Certified Trainer in the curricula of their choice.

Mini grants are being provided to support in person delivery of the approved child sexual abuse prevention curricula across the state with the following aims:

  • Increase adult knowledge, attitudes, and skills to prevent child sexual abuse
  • Improve adult understanding of healthy development in children

Background and Overview

Illuminate Colorado prevents child maltreatment and builds brighter childhoods through education, advocacy, and family support. Illuminate Colorado serves as the state intermediary on the following curricula, and as such will certify and support a network of Authorized Facilitators/Certified Trainers in each curriculum, update materials, communicate with national organizations, and collect evaluation data.

Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development is a 3-hour workshop designed to give participants accurate information about children’s sexual development, as well as help develop skills and comfort to promote healthy behaviors and respond to children’s questions. A comprehensive approach to preventing child sexual abuse ensures adults interacting with children possess the basic knowledge and skills to foster healthy sexual growth and development in children. Currently available in English and Spanish.

Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children is a 2 to 3-hour video-based curricula using real people and real stories to show participants how to prevent child sexual abuse. It is scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors. Available in English and Spanish, this program is for any responsible adult who cares about the welfare of children, particularly youth-serving organizations and personnel.

Additional Curricula

In response to HB-1064, Illuminate Colorado is accepting submissions of adult-focused curriculum to be considered for mini grant funding eligibility.

Grant Requirements

All trainings must be provided in Colorado by an Authorized Facilitator/Certified Trainer on record with Illuminate Colorado. Authorized Facilitators and Certified Trainers in each curriculum are eligible to submit mini grant requests to deliver in-person trainings to groups of approximately 10 – 30 participants. Authorized Facilitators/Certified Trainers may submit multiple mini grant requests throughout the course of the year.


  • Participation in Quarterly Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Facilitator Webinars
  • Submission of Sign-in Sheets and Evaluations
  • Final Report of Financial Expenditures
  • Implement Within Requirements and Fidelity of Each Curricula

Allowable expenses: Childcare, Rental of Training Space, Food (not to exceed $10 per person), Training Materials, and Transportation Stipends for Participants (as needed). Stewards of Children participant handbooks and a limited number of USB drives will be provided by Illuminate Colorado.

Training fee: Illuminate pays a flat rate per training. The flat rate includes prep and wrap up time, training time, and trainer travel costs, including mileage and travel time.


Mini grants and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. All trainings must be complete by June 30, 2020. Application decisions will be made within 2 weeks of submission. A final report of financial expenditures, including receipts, will be due within 2 weeks of training completion.

Funding will be mailed in 2 payments: the first half will be mailed with the award letter and the second half will be mailed as a reimbursement upon receipt of the final report. 

Application Details

Mini grant requests may be submitted online at Requests submitted in any other manner will not be considered.

Award Selection Criteria

Selection criteria to award mini grants to Authorized Facilitators/Certified Trainers includes:

  • Completeness of Application
  • Reasonableness of Timeline & Budget
  • Geographic Distribution
  • Alignment with Mini Grant Aims
  • Compliance with Grant Requirements


If you would like more information about becoming an authorized facilitators or certified trainer or would like to get more involved in preventing child sexual abuse in Colorado, contact:

Alissa Kalish,
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Manager

Translate »