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Activating Places and Spaces Together

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies
for Community Engagement Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Colorado Health Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants starting at $5,000 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies including state and local governments for projects designed to encourage residents in underserved neighborhoods to go outdoors and engage in community life with others.

Funding is intended to help activate existing infrastructure in public places that will contribute to local communities' overall health through residential usage and positive experiences. In addition, funding for technical assistance for community engagement, communications, and marketing is available.

To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

- Must be a group or organization with experience working within the community or communities served
- Must serve a high proportion of youth from high-need/low-income communities; the percentage of children eligible for free and reduced school meals, average family income or other indicators of need will be considered
- Infrastructure proposed for activation must currently exist
- Infrastructure proposed for activation must be public or fully accessible to the public through a binding use agreement
- Infrastructure proposed for activation must be walkable/bikeable and contiguous or linked by public, walkable/bikeable accessways
- Proposed activation effort(s) must have demonstrated support of the surrounding community
- Proposed activation effort(s) must target youth in the Pre-K through 12th grade age group and their families
- Proposed activation effort(s) must be relevant and appropriate to the needs and interests of the youth served; applicants must demonstrate (through program satisfaction and/or survey results, youth/family engagement process, existing participation data or similar methods) that demand exists for proposed activities
- Must demonstrate sufficient capacity and utilization of available technical support to effectively implement the proposed activities
- Proposals should include support and/or commitments from local government whenever possible
- Applicants must consider implementation and long-term sustainability of proposed activities

Eligible uses of funds:
- Planning and/or implementation for projects and programs
- Infrastructure enhancements, e.g. beautification, information/wayfinding, etc.
- Project/program-related administrative costs
- Community outreach and coordination
- Technical assistance for community engagement, communications, etc.

The following are examples of actions that a community would take as part of a comprehensive approach to community health. The Foundation encourages innovative approaches that are relevant to the particular needs of the community being served:

- Projects and/or programming that engages residents in communal, sustained, active use of existing public infrastructure including but not limited to: Movies or concerts in the park series, walking or running clubs, community beautification and stewardship efforts, e.g. “friends of…” or similar
- Enhancements to existing infrastructure intended to achieve the goal of this funding opportunity
- Community outreach and participation in planning, design and implementation of projects and programming
Communications, local promotion and public awareness activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182907

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Foundation grant funds will support costs associated with project/program planning and/or implementation for up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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:
- Purchase and installation of new infrastructure
- Rehabilitation or replacement of existing infrastructure, i.e. capital projects
- General operating support
- One-time activities or events

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.

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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

Use this interactive map to connect with a program officer who focuses on the county or area you work in:

The Colorado Health Foundation
1780 Pennsylvania St
Denver, CO 80203

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado