Due Date: 06/15/21
Funder: The Colorado Health Foundation
About The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to bring health into reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy and advocacy, learning, and capacity building. The Foundation’s cornerstones are to serve low-income Coloradans who have historically had less power or privilege, to stay informed by the community and those they exist to serve, and to do everything with the intent of creating health equity. The Colorado Health Foundation understands that all communities have their own unique assets and often have the best ideas for solving their own health-related challenges. When community members themselves identify the issue and then work to generate and implement the solutions, they are able to raise their collective voice and strengthen their own power.
About the Opportunity
With this funding opportunity, the Foundation is reaching out to community members directly and the organizations that support their actions through partnerships. Given the Foundation’s intent to advance health equity, proposals that center on communities of color shall receive priority consideration. The Foundation wants to fund ideas that increase health equity and lead to healthier communities by implementing solutions where community members drive the decision-making. This funding is meant to provide an opportunity for the people themselves to address the health challenges that directly affect their lives. The Foundation is not determining which health focus/challenge will be chosen, or suggesting the approach to solving it. The aim is to have community members themselves identify the health issue they want to tackle and take the lead in implementing solutions. Thus, applications may request funding to support a range of programs and/or projects identified by community members as necessary to address their own health challenges. As part of these proposed programs and/or projects identified, it is required that organizations work collaboratively with community members to: address a health challenge, develop and implement a solution, leverage existing strengths and resources, and improve health equity. Proposed programs and/or projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones.
Community-based groups, nonprofit organizations, and other applicants that can demonstrate a substantial commitment to community-identified and community-led efforts to address complex health-related issues may apply.
To be considered for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:
- Align with the Foundation’s cornerstones; priority given to proposals demonstrating partnership with or by people of color
- Clarify the specific issue/challenge and how it impacts health
- Illustrate that the health challenge was identified and the proposed solution was developed by community members
- Articulate how the implementation of the program/project and who is leading the effort are community members
- Explain how the proposed solution is not only actionable but within the existing capacity of the community (Preference will be given to proposals that build upon and leverage existing community
capacity to successfully implement the solution)
- Demonstrate how the solution will improve health equity
Apply for funding by June 15, 2021.