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Developmental Disabilities

For information on services for people with developmental disabilities, please contact Developmental Pathways at 303.360.6600 or visit

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy and the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant Program

With the unanimous support of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, the Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy (Referendum 4A), was placed on the ballot in 2001, proposing a one-mill property tax dedicated to services for persons with developmental disabilities.

Approximately 95 percent of Mill Levy Fund supports the County’s Community-Centered Board, Developmental Pathways, while five percent is retained for the Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Grant Program.

Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Competitive Grant Program

Since the Grant Program was initiated in 2002, more than $3 million in competitive grants have been awarded to organizations delivering local programs supporting Douglas County residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Grants typically range between $1,000 and $25,000 and are awarded to projects and services that demonstrate innovative and collaborative efforts, as well as best practices in serving those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  You may review detailed information on the 2017 Grant Program approved by the Board of County Commissioners in 2017.

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Competitive Grant Process

Douglas County has streamlined the application and reporting process to obtain more relevant information from applicants and grantees.  Improvements will include enhanced grantee accountability, including more detailed narratives and project reporting.  The results will broaden community involvement and increase program transparency.   These changes will yield information on grantee-activities and client outcomes.

To request a fillable form and submit an application for a grant or for more information about the Douglas County Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Grant program, email

Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council 

The Developmental Disabilities Mill Levy Advisory Council is responsible for the annual review of grant applications from organizations seeking funds for local programs supporting residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Current Advisory Council Members:

      • Bradd Johnson, Highlands Ranch
      • Carol Kumpost, Larkspur
      • Denver Fox, Parker
      • Jenny Skinner, Community Centered Board Representative, Castle Rock
      • John Groom, Highlands Ranch
      • Michael Hartberger, Castle Rock
      • Tauni McRae-Couch, Englewood

The Advisory Council will evaluate the 2018 applications in the fall, using meaningful services and transportation evaluation criteria.   The applications will be evaluated and funding recommendations discussed.  The Board of County Commissioners will review the Advisory Council’s recommendations and make award decisions before the end of the year.  A detailed schedule will be made available over the summer.