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Responsive Grants Program

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies for
Community Services that Promote Health Equity

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Colorado Health Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/15/20 5:00 PM MDT - Deadline for Children Move More, Healthy Schools, and Youth and Young Adults Grants; Rapid Response Applications Are Accepted on a Rolling Basis


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and government agencies to promote health equity in community services benefiting state residents. Priorities include providing services to low-income, disadvantaged residents. Eligible projects should meet immediate needs, address emerging opportunities, or strengthen community health services.

The Colorado Health Foundation's three cornerstone goals:

  • Serve Coloradans who have low income and historically have had less power or privilege
  • Create health equity (fair access to high quality health care services)
  • Support projects informed by community needs and those served

Successful applications will center on one of the following approaches:

  • Innovative approaches, or innovations that use existing resources and tools in a new way
  • Expansion of programs that have already demonstrated they are successful in the community
  • Adaptation and deployment of approaches backed by credible evidence of impact in other communities

Funding Priorities - Spring Grant Cycle:

  • Children Move More - More children, ages 4 to 14, will engage in at least 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week
  • Healthy Schools - Children and youth will benefit from quality, equitable health improvement opportunities throughout the school day
  • Youth and Young Adult Resiliency - Youth and young adults acquire coping skills to handle life challenges

Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate impact at the intersection of two or more funding priorities . Applications for Children Move More and Healthy Schools must be at the intersection of at least one of the other funding priorities open during this cycle; they cannot be applied for independently. Applications for the Youth and Young Adult Resiliency funding priority will be considered independently.

Eligible Projects:

  • A specific set of activities carried out over a defined period of time
  • General Operating Support
  • Capacity Building
  • Capital Funding may be considered if projects are demonstrably linked to community outcomes
The Responsive Grants program is designed achieve impact within the Foundation's Focus Areas:
Maintain Healthy Bodies
  • Ensure that all Coloradans have access to high-quality, comprehensive primary care when and where they need it and that children can be active in a safe and fun way every day

Nurture Healthy Minds

  • Address behavioral health by equipping youth and young adults with resiliency skills

Strengthen Community Health

  • Partner with communities to identify and tackle health-related challenges, and invest in quality food and affordable housing, so communities can develop locally-specific solutions that lead to health equity

Champion Health Equity

  • Support individuals and organizations to develop and strengthen skills necessary to advocate for and promote a more equitable health environment where policies reflect priorities, and health is in reach for all Coloradans

Focus Area Details:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184391

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annual grant disbursement does not exceed 25 percent of an organization’s annual expense budget. For those organizations receiving more than one grant, the guideline is 30 percent of the annual expense budget.

Term of Contract:

Project grants are for specific activities carried out over a defined time period. The Foundation welcomes proposals for multi-year funding and encourages applicants to delineate the need for additional years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Generally, the Foundation makes grants to:
- 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 may apply through tax-exempt fiscal sponsors

Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations or programs operated by, or for the benefit of, for-profit organizations.
- Debt retirement
- Fundraising events
- Endowments
- Core or ongoing funding to existing programs that don’t meet the indicated funding criteria
- 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.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar Date: January 16, 2020, at 8:30 AM MDT
Webinar Registration:

All webinars are recorded and archived for viewing. Participation is not a required part of the application process.

Learn about The Colorado Health Foundation’s responsive grants program, which gives applicants the opportunity to define the problems they want to address, propose solutions, and show the Foundation their vision of what success would ultimately look like for the people they serve. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about funding criteria and other important program details, as well as participate in a live Q&A session.

Archived Webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020 by 5:00 PM MDT
Online Registration Deadline: February 8, 2020

Online Registration: Applicants are encouraged to sign up in the Online Grants Management system to confirm registration is complete at least a week in advance of submitting a grant application.

Applications for funding are available for three grant deadlines – Feb. 15, June 15 and Oct. 15.
Applications for advocacy rapid response funding are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please note that proposal review may take up to four months.

Application Process:
Live Webinar and Q&A Recording:

For additional information, contact the Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations or Foundation Program Officers.

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

Program Officers; Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations:
(303) 953-3600

The Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania St.
Denver, CO 80203

p 303-953-3600
p 877-225-0839
f 303-322-4576

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