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Capital Infrastructure – Intergenerational/Family Physical Activity

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies
for Projects to Encourage Physical Activity

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The Colorado Health Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 5:00 PM MT


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and public agencies including local and state governments for projects and programs to promote physical activity for residents of all ages. Priority will be given to projects serving underserved communities with no public locations for physical activities or for projects that demonstrate the need to replace existing unsafe or outdated equipment in the public space.

The Capital Infrastructure – Intergenerational/Family Physical Activity funding opportunity will support capital infrastructure projects that are accessible, structured, safe, culturally responsive to the communities being served and affordable.

More specifically, this funding opportunity will focus on the design and construction of public spaces in high-need areas that create access, are intergenerational and encourage physical activity for individuals of all ages and abilities, especially for families with children ages 4-14.

Priority will be given to projects that serve economically disadvantaged rural communities and communities of color that have no public space for physical activity or can demonstrate the need to replace existing unsafe or outdated equipment in public spaces, including playgrounds.

Examples of programs and/or projects the Colorado Health Foundation is interested in funding:

  • Activation: Up to 15% of funds can be used for promotional environmentally-friendly materials and events, including a one-time groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Community-based Planning: Funds should be used to meaningfully engage youth, parents, and community members of all ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds in the planning and designing process to facilitate ownership and empowerment.
  • Fitness Stations and Trails: Up to 50% of funds can be used to purchase and install fitness stations and trails in combination with the purchase and installation of active play equipment for kids and equipment that encourages intergenerational physical activity and supervision.
  • Fixed Infrastructure: Funds can be used to purchase tangible, immovable, age-appropriate, outdoor play space equipment for diverse age groups and necessary associated surfacing.
  • Playground Markings: Funds can be used to support costs associated with painting the play area and public space with colorful, engaging and stimulating game and activity patterns that encourage physical activity.
  • Signage: Up to 10% of funds can be used to purchase and install clear and identifiable signage and information in and around the public space to provide directions to the play spaces and to encourage use of the equipment.
  • Weather Protection: Up to 15% of funds can be used to purchase structures for sun, rain and snow protection, including canopies and trees, to encourage intergenerational use year-round.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182905

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Generally, grants are made to the following types of organizations:
- Colorado organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3)
- Colorado public agencies, including state and local governments

New or emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal sponsor.

This funding opportunity will not support freestanding equipment, athletic courts and fields, general maintenance and programming.

Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:
- Individuals
- Programs that require membership in a certain religion or advance a particular religious faith (faith-based organizations may be eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious faith, and provided that they do not require participation in activities that are specifically religious)
- For-profit organizations or programs operated by, or for the benefit of, for-profit organizations
- Debt retirement
- Fundraising events
- Endowments

Examples of programs and/or projects that are not eligible for funding at this time:
- Amenities: Funds cannot be used to purchase outdoor furniture such as tables, benches, bleachers and grills; build bathrooms; construct parking lots; or provide other amenities that add comfort without significantly increasing physical activity.
- Athletic Courts and Fields: Funds cannot be used to build fields, courts or pools for specific sports such as baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, rugby, soft ball, soccer, tennis or swimming. The Foundation reserves the right to make exceptions for non-competitive intergenerational creative spaces that address health related issues across all ages.
- Freestanding Equipment: Funds cannot be used for freestanding equipment such as balls, bats, nets, jump ropes, parachutes, weights and other movable, non-stationary equipment that would require storage.
- General Maintenance: Funds cannot be used for the maintenance of existing resources related to landscaping, surfacing, trash, paint, drainage, hardware, sidewalks or other maintenance in isolation from the purchase and installation of active play equipment.
- Programming: Funds cannot be used for programming such as fitness classes, dog-training classes, photography classes, sports camps, festivals, movie nights and other community gatherings.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Deadlines:
- Feb 15, 2021
- Jun 15, 2021
- Oct 15, 2021

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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The Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203

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