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Healthy Schools – Local Planning and Implementation

Grants to Colorado Groups of Schools, School Districts,
and Organizations for Health and Wellness Initiatives

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The Colorado Health Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants to Colorado school districts, groups of charter schools, groups of districts, BOCES, and local community partners for youth health and wellness planning and program implementation. Funding is intended for initiatives that provide rural and high-need students with increased health opportunities throughout the school day.

Specifically, funding will support rural or frontier (as defined by the Colorado Rural Health Center) and/or high-need (where 50 percent or more of students are free or reduced-price lunch eligible) districts/charters to develop and implement community-informed action plans focused on school health and wellness plans.

Grantees will be expected to align their work with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Those unfamiliar with WSCC are still encouraged to apply as resources and technical assistance will be available to support local level grantees. See Pre-Application Information for links to relevant resources.

Applicants may seek either planning and implementation funding (combined) or just implementation funding (standalone) if a comprehensive plan is already in place.

The planning portion of the grant must be used to develop a community-informed comprehensive plan that addresses the following:
- Comprehensive physical activity
- Supportive nutrition environments and healthy food and beverages
- Cultures and climates in schools are supportive of student and staff health and wellness
- Health education
- Student health services
- Student behavioral health needs

The implementation portion of a combined (planning and implementation) grant or a standalone (implementation only) grant will only be available to support the following plan components:
- Comprehensive physical activity programs
- Supportive nutrition environments and healthy food and beverages
- Cultures and climates in schools are supportive of student and staff health and wellness and*
- Health education*
* Inclusive of/in support of healthy eating and/or comprehensive physical activity.

Successful applicants must:
- Meet the rural or frontier and/or high need requirement
- Propose work that is data-informed and inclusive of student, family, teacher and community input
- Have or plan to a develop comprehensive health and wellness plan
- Focus implementation activities on healthy eating/physical activity-related improvements
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Charter schools not participating in the NSLP may qualify if they have an existing, sustainable approach to providing meals that meet Healthy Hunger-Free Kids nutrition standards. This must include providing free and reduced-price meals to eligible students.

For district-level grants:
- If a district comprehensive health and wellness plan is in place, the project should align to the existing plan.
- If no district plan is in place, district-level planning is required as part of the proposal.

For charter group/network-level grants:
- If a comprehensive health and wellness plan is in place, the project should align to the existing plan.
- If no plan is in place, planning is required as part of the proposal.

For non-charter school-level grants:
- Districts that do not meet the criteria but have individual schools that meet the high-need threshold can apply for school-specific grants. Note: Districts must apply on behalf of individual schools. Applications submitted directly from a non-charter school or schools will not be accepted.
- If a district comprehensive health and wellness plan is in place, the project should align to the broader plan and the district should be a strategic partner in the work.
- If no district plan is in place, a school may plan and implement independently but a district feedback/learning loop must be in place.

Preference will be given to districts and charter schools that demonstrate the following:
- Potential to increase health equity
- Inclusion of high-need populations in planning and implementing the proposed work
- Efforts led by community organizations/leaders from underserved communities
- Dedicated staff person who is able to commit time and effort to the grant
- Leadership support and commitment

Evaluation is an important part of this overall funding strategy. As part of this, the Foundation encourages you to participate in and use the learning from some of the existing data systems, such as Smart Source and the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (see Pre-Application Information for links).

You will be asked to participate in a minimal amount of evaluation activities, such as the occasional survey or interviews as well as reporting on your key activities and outcomes. However, there will not be intensive data collection requirements as part of this evaluation.

Grantees may be asked to report on any or all of the following:
- MR1. Increase the number of children and adults who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity
- MR2. Increase the number of children and adults who eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables daily
- MR3. Increase the number of children who receive healthy food and beverages at school and in child care settings
- MR4. Increase the number of children and adults who have convenient access to active play spaces and safe, active transportation

Eligible uses of funds include:
- Participant stipends
- Meeting expenses
- Materials
- Travel
- Translation services
- Staff time
- Project costs
- Costs related to participating in training and other professional development opportunities (e.g., travel, lodging, stipends, etc.)
- Up to 10 percent of your budget for evaluation activities to support participation in evaluation activities focused on your organization's activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182906

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

The Local Planning and Implementation funding opportunity will provide up to two years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts, groups of districts, groups of charter schools, BOCES or local community partners acting on behalf of districts are all eligible to apply. Groups of charters can include a coalition or network of schools (e.g., having a shared Charter Management Organization) or a group of two or more schools with a formal relationship (MOU or otherwise) based on a common cause.

Funding will support rural or frontier (as defined by the Colorado Rural Health Center) and/or high-need (where 50 percent or more of students are free or reduced-price lunch eligible) districts/charters.

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.

Not funded:
- Implementation efforts that are not in support of healthy eating and/or comprehensive physical activity
- Implementation if you do not have an existing comprehensive health and wellness plan
- Projects that do not support rural, frontier and/or high-need student populations

Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:

- Individuals
- 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
- Endowments

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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:

Pre-Application Information:

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.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model information:

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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:

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
Toll-free: 877-225-0839

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The Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203

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USA: Colorado