Foundation / Corporation
The Colorado Health Foundation
10/15/18 5:00 PM MST
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, eligible for-profit clinics, and public agencies including state and local governments for capital requests and projects that will improve access to primary healthcare services in low-income and rural communities.
To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate within the grant application how the proposed capital improvements meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrated community need
- Focus on team-based/integrated care
- Satisfactory past financial and operational performance
- Demonstrated financial need
Primary care projects funded by grants and/or loans* must be for one or more of the following purposes:
- Increase the number of people receiving quality primary care services, with preference for integrated physical, behavioral and/or oral health services
- Improve the quality of primary care delivered through redesigned spaces for better team-based care or improved health information technology systems
Colorado organizations providing primary care services may apply for funds to support the following projects:
- Facility acquisition, construction, renovation or expansion
- Medical and office equipment purchases
- Hardware, software, installation and technical assistance costs associated with health information technology systems
- Operating expenses associated with physical or information technology expansions/improvements
*Loans only – Working capital for expenses associated with new or expanded services
Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate an increased number of people will receive high-quality primary care services – with a preference for integrated physical, behavioral and/or oral health – through redesigned spaces that enhance team-based care or improved health information technology systems.
Measurable Reach: Applicants will be asked to indicate how their work will increase the number of people accessing comprehensive primary care services within one year at the end of the capital enhancement.
GrantWatch ID#: 182901
The amount granted to an organization varies depending on many factors, such as a project's total budget and an organization's budget. Preference is given to proposals that include other funders and that show how proposed activities will be continued after the grant term is completed.
Proposals for multiyear funding are welcome. Applicants are encouraged to delineate clearly the need for additional years of funding.
Colorado organizations providing primary care services may apply.
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
For-profit clinics will also be eligible to apply for the primary care funding, provided they meet the above criteria and can also demonstrate an active caseload of at least 40 percent of Medicaid clients with a low profit margin.
New or emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal sponsor. The fiscal sponsor must maintain full discretion and control over any awarded grant funds and should have the organizational capacity to manage and accept the risks involved with fiscal sponsorship. Additionally, the project must be aligned with the fiscal sponsor’s charitable mission, and the fiscal sponsor’s Board must approve of the project as furthering the sponsor’s charitable mission prior to applying for a grant to the Colorado Health Foundation. Please download the Foundation's fiscal sponsor policy and sample memorandum of understanding (MOU). If you have any questions about your organization's eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact the grantmaking department.
Note: If a public support test requirement to retain public charity status applies to your organization, as a public charity grantee of the Colorado Health Foundation, it is essential that you ensure the grant your organization receives will not cause it to lose its status as a publicly supported charity.
Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:
- 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
The Foundation does not award grants to organizations that willfully discriminate against a particular class of individuals. To be eligible for funding organizations must abide by all applicable local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws in hiring, employment practices and when providing services.
Applicant Information webinars for health-related nonprofit representatives to learn about the grantmaking program, including a comprehensive overview of work underway and planned funding opportunities within the Foundation's focus areas.
These webinars are designed to help you determine what is supported within each focus area, what to expect when completing an online application, the type of communication you will receive during the review process and how to contact Foundation staff for additional information or to ask questions. All webinars are recorded and archived for viewing. Participation is not a required part of the application process.
View webinars and supplementary information here:
The Foundation's grantmaking cycle has three annual deadlines: February 15, June 15, and October 15. When these dates fall on a holiday or weekend, the deadline will be the next business day. Proposals must be submitted online and received in the Foundation offices by 5:00 PM MST on the deadline date.
Depending on the complexity of the request, the review process takes approximately four months.
The Foundation often partners with third-party evaluators, contractors, and other organizations over the course of work with applicants and grantees. Your application and its attachments may be shared with these individuals or entities during the review process and grant cycle. All third-party organizations partnering with the Foundation have signed a confidentiality agreement and will not use or share the information for purposes outside of the scope of work specific to the grant application or grant award. If you have any concerns or would like additional information, please contact Foundation staff.
Online Application Instructions:
Grant Review Process:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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If you are unable to complete an online application, please contact the senior director of Grantmaking Operations for instructions about an alternative submission.
Senior Director of Grantmaking Operations
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The Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203