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

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for
Health Care Programs for Children, Youth, and Community Residents

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Caring for Colorado (CFC) Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofits, agencies, and schools to enhance health care for children and youth, and to improve oral health, community health, and mental health locally. Applicants must register before applying. Funding is intended to improve health care and promote health for the people of Colorado.

Funding Priorities:

Community Health:

Supporting Colorado in building a strong safety net and ensuring that people can access health care, transportation, navigation and culturally and linguistically competent care are essential to the funder's vision ensuring the people of Colorado are healthy and thriving.

Ensure people can access high-quality, culturally responsive health care services, particularly in communities where significant barriers exist for youth, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, people with low incomes and people living in rural communities.

Safety Net – Ensure that communities have the basic health care infrastructure necessary to meet the health care needs of its residents. Funding interests:

- Construction and capital improvements
- Strategies to recruit and retain a diverse health care workforce
- Bridge funding to support expanded service capacity
- Medical equipment
- Tele-health networks

Sustainability – Strengthen the capacity of safety net providers to ensure people have a reliable source of high-quality care. Areas of interest include technical assistance to build strategic, financial and operational resources and collaborations that promote sustainability and increased service capacity.

Policy and Advocacy – Improve the health care delivery system through educational and advocacy efforts that sustain Colorado’s health care safety net and address inequities that contribute to health disparities.

Ensure that people are healthy and thriving by reducing barriers to health care access through supportive health services.

Supportive Health Services – Funding interests include:

- Transportation - Medical transportation programs, with an emphasis on rural communities, to increase people’s access to health care.
- Translation/Interpretation –Translation/interpretation needs within safety net clinics to ensure that care is people centered and culturally responsive.
- Navigation –Efforts to help people with complex health needs navigate the health care system.
- Health Education – Evidence-based health education programs that are aimed at preventing disease and promoting health.

Healthy Children and Youth:

This program area emphasizes programs and policies that buffer negative impacts and build resilience for Colorado’s families who experience difficult circumstances such as poverty, discrimination, housing insecurity, immigration concerns and inequitable access to physical and behavioral health services. Funding seeks to:

- Build community systems that promote the social and emotional development of Colorado’s youngest children;
- Promote healthy development through early supports and interventions for optimal development; and,
- Create equitable school and community-based services that support adolescent behavioral, physical and sexual health during this critical developmental period.

Ensure children and families can access culturally responsive, evidence-based prevention and wellness promotion practices for themselves and their families.

Health Promotion - Foster and encourage children’s optimal social, emotional and physical development through targeted investments. Funding interests:

- Comprehensive, integrated, culturally responsive family-centered health care homes for children
- Proven and promising home visitation and mental health consultation models
- Culturally responsive and diverse early childhood mental health workforce
- Supports to strengthen families and improve maternal and child health outcomes for families who experience inequities in access to care and supportive health services

Ensure children and adolescents have access to comprehensive, culturally responsive and high-quality school-based health services, including behavioral, sexual and physical health services.

Access to Care – Strengthen the capacity and sustainability of school-based health services. Areas of interest include: capital improvements; planning projects; evidence-based, comprehensive, culturally responsive health education programming; technical assistance to build the capacity of school-based health programs.

Behavioral Health – Develop and strengthen behavioral health programming within schools and school-based health centers. Funding interests include adoption and expansion of evidence-based, culturally responsive behavioral health programs and training and consultation to integrate behavioral health into school- and community-based health center services.

Mental Health:

This program area works to integrate mental health care with physical health care to ensure access to services and promote mental health services that enhance social connections, promote resiliency and provide people who experience mental illness with culturally responsive behavioral health care in their communities.

Ensure people can access integrated, culturally responsive physical and behavioral health services.

- Access to Care: Increase the availability of integrated, culturally responsive physical and behavioral health care. Includes team-based care, workforce development and telehealth.

- Quality Improvement: Develop high-quality integrated care delivery models with the support of technical assistance and evaluation.

- Sustainability: Support policies and practices to seed and sustain the delivery of integrated care, including advocacy and analysis.

Meet the needs of people experiencing barriers to mental health by increasing the availability of community-based, culturally responsive behavioral health programs.

- Access to Care: Support behavioral health programs (mental health and/or substance use treatment) that meet the needs of people experiencing significant barriers to care, including adolescents, LGBTQ+ people, people who speak languages other than English, people of color, seniors and veterans.

- Sustainability: Assist safety net mental health providers to strengthen operations and financial sustainability with capacity building support.

Oral Health:

Many Colorado families and communities face significant barriers to oral health services due to geography, income, and insurance and immigration status. Together with community partners, the Foundation is committed to making it easier for children and families in under-resourced communities to access oral health care and to improving care delivery systems to provide services to families where they live, work, and play.

Ensure people have access to preventive oral health care and community-based dental services.

Prevention – Increase the availability of oral disease prevention programs targeted to children and adolescents, including school-based dental sealant programs, co-location of preventive dental services into medical care and prevention programs targeted to pregnant women and children.

Access to Care – Strengthen and expand the oral health safety net to reduce barriers to affordable, quality care, including dental clinic operations, capital for dental clinic services and technical assistance to improve dental clinic operations and sustainability.

Policy – Develop local and state oral health policies to promote access to care for underserved populations.

Adolescent Behavioral Health:

Caring for Colorado Foundation seeks to improve the behavioral health of adolescents in Colorado due to these current realities:

- Colorado continues to experience poor behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with trends showing declines in outcomes despite ongoing investment in this area.
- There are stark and alarming health disparities in behavioral health outcomes within certain youth populations.
- With the legalization of marijuana and the growing opioid epidemic, efforts to minimize risk-taking behaviors among youth in our state have become more complex.
- Our partners, grantees and health leaders are expressing growing concern about the behavioral health needs of adolescents in our Colorado.
- There is a widely held perception that youth needs aren’t adequately being addressed and that prevention programs are sorely lacking.

To participate in addressing these profound and important issues, the Foundation is developing a funding initiative to support adolescent behavioral health efforts in Colorado. As a starting point, a one-time funding opportunity was offered in October 2017 and March 2018 to support adolescent behavioral health through prevention and early intervention activities. Caring for Colorado will award approximately $1 million to multiple grantees to support one-time efforts to assess and plan for meeting adolescent behavioral health needs or to strengthen existing efforts in schools and communities. This funding will support activities including:
- Assessment and planning
- Evaluation
- Training
- Youth and parent engagement
- Community engagement

These grants, along with other community engagement and learning activities, will help inform the Foundation’s future funding priorities in adolescent behavioral health, which will be released in 2019.

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 15, 2019, to apply for the March 1, 2019, deadline.

The next grant application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019, at 5:00 PM. The grant application will open in mid-January.

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.

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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.

Register and Apply online:

Jennifer Lobb, Grants Specialist

Grants Manager

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado