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Improve the Health and Wellness of Older Adults

Comprecare Fund

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Denver Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/08/22 5:00 PM MST - Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations for activities that improve the health and wellness of older adults. Funding is intended for programs, projects, and general organizational expenses. Qualifying government agencies collaborating with nonprofits may apply. Priority will be given to projects that serve low-income, isolated, chronically ill, functionally impaired, and other hard-to-reach seniors. Preference will be given to returning or existing grantees.

The Comprecare Fund supports community-based projects that focus on helping older adults maintain their health through self-help and lifestyle changes. Organizations that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado are encouraged to apply. The fund has adopted a broad definition of optimal wellness, and any project that addresses wellness will be considered. Each individual community can decide its focus for wellness.

Priority will be given to projects that seek to serve hard-to-reach seniors. These seniors face the greatest barriers to accessing the components of healthy living—physical activity, good nutrition and management of chronic health problems.

The Comprecare Fund is pleased to offer two types of flexible funding support:

  • Project & Program Support: The onus is on the applicant to use both existing quantitative and qualitative data to demonstrate the need(s) and opportunities in their community that they wish to address. The applicant may apply for funds for evidence-based programming.
  • General Operating Support: The Comprecare Fund will consider providing grants for general operating support to organizations when:
    • The majority of population(s) served by all of the organizations’ programs and services are a strong fit with the Fund’s target population (i.e., Colorado seniors who are older, low-income, isolated, have a chronically illness and/or are underserved).
    • There is a clear strategic agreement between the applicant and the Fund on outcome objectives that align with the intent of the Fund that focuses on optimal wellness of seniors. In other words, 80%-100% of the applicant’s everyday work must be focused on senior wellness and care.
    • Applicants are already doing exemplary behavioral health care work (i.e., organizations are well established) in their communities and can demonstrate their successes.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Engagement of community residents, programs, agencies, and key stakeholders who can increase access  to wellness and strive to improve outcomes for seniors.
  • Demonstrated need(s) of seniors in their community via quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Provide evidence that the organization is collectively prepared to tackle wellness with evidence-based interventions.
  • Provide mechanisms to demonstrate measurable outcomes and an increase to accessing treatment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203933

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range from $7,500 to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded primarily to nonprofit organizations.

Organizations that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado are encouraged to submit proposals for funding.

Grants may be awarded to government agencies if they collaborate with a nonprofit and can demonstrate the community outcomes for seniors in the areas of physical health, good nutrition, and management of chronic health conditions.

This is a statewide fund and organizations in rural and urban areas are encouraged to apply. Approximately half of awardees will come from rural communities.

The Comprecare Fund will not support the following projects or activities:
• Projects that focus on policy and/or advocacy, even if in the field of senior wellness.
• Projects that do not fall within one of the focus areas.
• Capital campaigns.
• For-profit hospitals or care facilities or the foundation arm of a for-profit hospital or care facility.
• Planning grants, or grants that include planning as part of the request.
• Multiple applications from the same organization in the same grant cycle.
• Scholarships, stipends or related support for students studying in the areas of geriatric care.
• Individual insurance coverage or payments, co-pays, or medications expenses.

In addition, the Fund does not support:
• Organizations with fund balance deficits, as indicated on the balance sheet, for their most recently completed fiscal year (i.e., an organization cannot have a negative balance in any of the net asset line items on their balance sheet).
• Funding to an organization and/or program that discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, except to serve a historically disadvantaged group.
• Activities, projects, or programs that will have been completed before funding becomes available (no retroactive funding).
• Endowments or other reserve funds.
• Membership or affiliation campaigns, dinners, or special events.
• Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities.
• Grants to individuals.
• Scholarships or sponsorships, including special events or fund raisers.
• Grants to parochial or religious schools.

Pre-Application Information:

- August 8, 2022: Applications must be received by 5:00pm MST on the deadline date.
- Mid-October: All applicants will be notified of their status.

Applicants will need to register on The Denver Foundation’s grant application portal before completing the online application. Please note that registration takes approximately one business day to process. The Foundation strongly urges any organization interested in submitting an online application to complete the registration process no later than August 1 to meet the August 8 deadline.

Once a year, organizations that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado are encouraged to submit proposals for funding.

Preference will be given to returning or existing grantees. (Please note, however, that returning or existing grantees will be required to complete a new application and to complete a final report, if they have not already done so.)

Applicants that can combine funds from other sources toward a common outcome/issue are strongly encouraged.

Organizations that have been declined may apply again one year later.

An application to the Comprecare Fund does not disqualify an application to the Community Grants Program of The Denver Foundation. If you meet the guidelines for both, you may apply for each.

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For more information or to schedule a conversation with a member of The Denver Foundation staff, please fill out the contact form at, email, or call 303.300.1790 and ask to speak to a member of the Impact Group about grant applications.

The Denver Foundation
1009 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203

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