Rapid Response Funding: Advocacy

Funding Overview

Advocacy Rapid Response funding aims to fund short-term advocacy initiatives (three-to-nine months in length) that ensure Coloradans’ interests and priorities are front and center in shaping policy decisions that will have long-term impacts on creating health equity in Colorado.

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Requests should not exceed the amount of $75,000.

Proposed advocacy projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones. These outline who we serve, how our work is informed and our intent to create health equity.

Have questions? We’re here to talk through your ideas and encourage you to connect with us before applying for funding. If you don’t already work with a program officer, please reach out to us by email or by phone at 303-953-3600, and be sure to note the county you live in and area of interest.

Focus Area
Champion Health Equity

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Advocacy Rapid Response grant applications should seek support for projects that meet the following criteria:

1. Focus on time-sensitive opportunities for public policy advocacy:

Proposed projects for rapid response funding may seek to:

  • Promote a public policy change at the local, state and/or federal level related to one or more of the priorities listed below or;
  • Protect or improve implementation of an existing local, state or federal policy related to one or more of the priorities listed below.

2. Reflect one or more of the following priorities that aims to advance health equity in Colorado by:

  • Creating equity in access to and use of high-quality, comprehensive primary care.
  • Supporting children to move their bodies safely and conveniently on a daily basis.
  • Enhancing services and supports that foster social-emotional development and resiliency of young children.
  • Ensuring teens and young adults have access to the resources they need to support healthy minds.
  • Ensuring adults have access to local recovery resources that promote healthy minds and productive lives.
  • Ensuring Coloradans have enough affordable, nutritious food.
  • Supporting access to affordable, safe and high-quality housing options.

Contact Chris Smith to consider other inquiries related to local, state or federal advocacy opportunities - outside of the above - that create health equity and reflect Coloradan’s priorities for improving health.

3. Include each of the following features:

  • Reflect Our Cornerstones: The Foundation expects any work we fund to clearly reflect these three important features that are necessary to serve our mission.
  • Strategic Approach: The proposed activities should align with a thoughtful and disciplined effort to advocate for a policy change or to defend existing policies related to one of the priorities listed above.
  • Time Sensitivity: Quick action must be taken in order to be effective. Applicants must demonstrate a critical window of opportunity to act that is not likely to be present again in the future.
  • Advocacy Focus: Rather than focusing on activities that address individual behaviors or provide direct services, the proposed project should focus on advocacy related to public policy at the local, state or federal level.
  • Supported by Community: The proposed advocacy project should have buy-in and support from others beyond the organization seeking funding, including support from the people most impacted by the policy and potential advocacy partners.


The Foundation may provide Rapid Response Advocacy funding to eligible organizations who are conducting time-sensitive advocacy projects, such as:

  • Coalition building, management and facilitation
  • Grassroots organizing
  • Litigation and legal advocacy
  • Media relations and media advocacy
  • Policy and legal analysis
  • Policymaker education
  • Public education
  • Influencer education
  • Public opinion research
  • Messaging development and testing
  • Regulatory advocacy

Rapid Response Advocacy funding may not be used for the following:

  • Bridge funding (to fill a funding gap)
  • Long-term projects
  • Previously planned initiatives
  • Staff salaries
  • Partisan political activities


There is no application deadline or formal grant cycle for Advocacy Rapid Response funding. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

All applications will undergo due diligence with a program officer assigned to the application. Rapid Response funding decisions will generally be made within 30 days of a proposal being submitted.

We often partner with third-party evaluators, contractors and other organizations over the course of our 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 email grants@coloradohealth.org or call our senior director of Grantmaking Operations at 303-953-3600.

Other Advocacy Funding Available through Oct. 15

Different from our Rapid Response Funding: Advocacy which is open for applications on a rolling basis, our Amplifying Health Advocacy funding opportunity has an upcoming grant deadline of Oct. 15, 2018. Through this funding opportunity, applicants are required to address detailed criteria specific to that funding opportunity. Learn more about the Amplifying Health Advocacy Funding Opportunity.

We encourage all applicants to sign up in our grants management system approximately a week in advance of submitting a grant application for Rapid Response Funding: Advocacy.