Apply for a Grant
Grant applications for the 2023-2024 school year will open December 5,2022.
Please contact us if you have a need that falls outside our yearly grant application process.
Parish schools and high schools within the Archdiocese of Denver that are planning to enroll a child with special needs who would NOT be able to attend without paraprofessional assistance, technology assistance, or other forms of support, may apply for a FIRE grant. We will also approve grants for professional development on best practices for inclusive education. Parish communities receiving FIRE grants are committed to adopting a philosophy of inclusive education within their school and assuming ownership of the inclusion program. Potential grantees are encouraged to apply to parish and school enrollment policies and guidelines (tithing requirements, available space, etc.) when considering enrollment of a student with significant special needs. When possible, it is desirable to offer special consideration for children who already have siblings attending the school. The Office of Catholic Schools Director of Student Support Services will provide guidance and support.
Please contact your parish priest and school principal to request a meeting to discuss the possibility of your child attending your parish school. Parents are encouraged to provide any appropriate information to the principal including diagnosis, contact information of the child’s current school, educational plans, etc., to assist the school in determining if they are able to meet the needs of your child.
All parents of children receiving support from a FIRE Foundation grant are asked to support our mission and become members of FRIENDS OF FIRE!
FIRE has established a formal grant application process. Before qualifying for grant assistance, the following must be completed.
- Contact the President of the FIRE Foundation of Denver to discuss your school’s desire to enroll a student with special needs who would NOT be able to attend without paraprofessional or extra support and to learn more about partnership with the Foundation.
- For parish schools, contact the Diocesan Director of Student Support Services to ask for assistance in determining whether a new student requires partial or full time Para educator support in order to attend your parish school.
- For parish schools, upon determination by the Director of Student Support Services and the school Special Education teacher/principal, that a student would NOT be able to attend your parish school without paraprofessional/Special Educator support, please contact the FIRE office to request a meeting to learn about specific grant requirements and the process for application. At that time, Friends of FIRE packets will be provided to encourage participation from parents and school community members.
No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which, in turn, nurtures the soul of a nation.
–Pope Benedict XVI