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Caring for Colorado (CFC) Foundation Grant - Healthy Children and Youth, Mental Health, Community Health, Oral Health

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
for Health Care for Underserved Children and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Caring for Colorado (CFC) Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofits, agencies, and schools for programs in the areas of healthy children and youth, oral health, community health, and mental health. Applicants must register with the Foundation by Friday, February 16, 2018 in order to apply for the March 2018 deadline.

Caring for Colorado’s mission is to promote health and improve health care for the people of Colorado. As a statewide funder, the Foundation serves all Coloradans, yet the programs are focused on the most vulnerable – those facing disproportionate barriers in accessing health care services and achieving optimal health

To realize their mission, the Foundation:

- Supports strategies and innovations to reduce health disparities in the state;
- Works to develop a new generation of healthy Coloradans, focusing on children and the opportunities to help them achieve optimal health for a lifetime;
- Ensures that underserved populations (rural, low-income, culturally isolated) have access to quality and affordable health care;
- Builds and strengthens local and state health systems to produce long-term benefits and improved health outcomes for individuals and communities;
- Fosters community-based collaboration and partnerships;
- Serves as an informed convener and educator.

To achieve their mission, the Foundation partners with agencies, organizations, and leaders who have:

- Strong connections and credibility within communities.
- Expertise and strengths in delivering evidence-based programs and services.
- The ability to evaluate and report outcomes.
- Operational and financial stability.
- The capacity to leverage resources and partnerships to achieve community health goals

Funding Priorities:

Healthy Children and Youth:

Caring for Colorado works to ensure all Colorado's children and youth have access to a high quality, integrated health system.
- Goal 1: Catalyze communities to build comprehensive systems and services to promote the social and emotional development of young children.
- Goal 2: Promote children’s social, emotional and physical development
- Goal 3: Improve access to high quality school-based health services for children and adolescents.

Mental Health:

Caring for Colorado works to ensure access to high quality integrated physical and behavioral health care.
- Goal 1: Increase access to behavioral health services through the integration of physical and behavioral health care.
- Goal 2: Increase the availability of community-based mental health programs for underserved populations.

Community Health:

Caring for Colorado is funding in this area to ensure every Colorado community has the health care infrastructure and support services necessary to meet the basic health, mental health and oral health needs of its residents.
- Goal 1: Expand and strengthen the capacity of the health care delivery system in high-need, underserved communities.
- Goal 2: Ensure that people are able to access health care by reducing barriers to care.

Oral Health:

Caring for Colorado is dedicated to reducing dental disease in Colorado's children and expanding the oral health workforce to improve access to care for underserved populations.
- Goal 1: Improve access to preventive oral health care and community-based dental services.
- Goal 2: Develop new and innovative oral health delivery systems to address workforce shortages.

Successful proposals must reflect the mission, vision, and values of the Foundation, align with the Foundation’s funding priorities and goals, and exhibit the following:

- The project targets an underserved population. Caring for Colorado Foundation defines underserved populations as groups of individuals who have no, or inadequate, access to health services due to limited financial resources, lack of health insurance, geographic isolation, or language/cultural barriers.
- There is documented community need for the proposed project. Priority will be given to agencies that document the community need for their project through community level health status data, population-based studies, and/or community surveys and are able to demonstrate how the proposed project does not duplicate existing efforts in the community.
- The proposed intervention is based on research-validated, best practices. Whenever possible applicants should utilize programs and practices that have shown consistent, positive outcomes in other communities.
- The applicant has a proven track record of working with the target population. Caring for Colorado is most interested in working with agencies and organizations that are seen as credible, reliable and culturally competent by both the target population and other community service providers.
- The project creates lasting or sustainable change in individuals or the community and applicants can measure and demonstrate that change.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179672

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will consider grant awards to organizations whose services benefit Colorado and are:
- Charitable nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt classification from the Internal Revenue Service; or
- Tax-supported institutions, including state or local governments or schools.

Note that new or emerging organizations are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as a fiscal agent. The most common type of fiscal agent arrangement is between a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and a non-tax exempt group. The fiscal agent has the ultimate authority and responsibility to see that the funds are used for the purpose intended; it cannot simply be a pass-through organization.

Not funded:
- For-profit entities
- Annual appeals or membership drives
- Financial support for political candidates
- Lobbying efforts
- Screening programs without a follow-up component
- Patient assistance funds that cover individual medical, dental or pharmaceutical costs
- Legal services
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

Before beginning an application, each applicant must register for an account. If an applicant has previously registered for an account, the applicant does not need to register again. The Foundation will process registrations and send login information within three business days of receiving the initial registration.

Registrations must be received by Friday, February 16, 2018, to apply for the March 2018 deadline.

The next grant application deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5 pm.

The Foundation encourages applicants to call a Grants Manager before you apply for funding. During this call, the applicant can discuss alignment with the Foundation's funding priorities, request amounts, and any other questions the applicant may have.

Proposal review takes approximately four months. Upon submission, the applicant will receive an email confirmation that the application has been received. If the applicant does not receive an email confirmation, please call the Grants Manager.

Google Chrome is the recommended browser for CFC’s grants management system. While other browsers are compatible with the system, visibility, functionality and performance is optimized in the Chrome browser. For technical difficulties, contact Jennifer Lobb.


Grantmaking Process:

Funding Priorities:

Healthy Children and Youth:

Mental Health:

Community Health:

Oral Health:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Jennifer Lobb

Grants Manager
720-524-0770 1-800-463-7713

Caring for Colorado Foundation - Denver Office
4100 E. Mississippi Ave, Suite 605
Denver, Colorado 80246

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado