Foundation / Corporation
The Colorado Health Foundation
10/15/18 5:00 PM MST
Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and public agencies including state and local governments for capital projects to promote physical activity for residents of all abilities and ages. Preference will be given to projects serving economically disadvantaged rural or frontier communities (as defined by the Colorado Rural Health Center) that have no public space for physical activity, or demonstrate the need to replace existing unsafe or outdated equipment in the public space.
To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate within the grant application how the proposed capital improvements meet the following criteria:
- Shovel-ready projects that demonstrate advanced planning stages for which construction can begin in a short period of time.
- A developed plan to draw intergenerational residents - of all ages - to encourage physical activity and strengthen community building. If on school grounds, the space must be open to the general public during non-school hours, including evenings, weekends and school breaks.
Measurable Reach: Applicants will be asked to indicate how their work will increase the number of Coloradans who have convenient access to recreational physical activity.
GrantWatch ID#: 182905
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.
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
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.
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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:
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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
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Denver, CO 80203