Responsive Grants Program

Funding Overview

Our responsive grants program is designed for you to bring ideas that you believe will help improve challenges faced in the community you serve. We encourage exploration and experimentation with new approaches, innovation and breakthrough ideas. You might want to bring to your community a program which has been shown to be successful in other communities, or work on scaling up an existing program in your community that has solid evidence of success. There could be emerging opportunities in your community that make this the right time to start an innovative project or test a proven program in your specific context.

The responsive grants program is intentionally structured with broad criteria so you can share promising ideas that are right for the specific community you’re working in. When reviewing applications, we consider the significance of the issue you are working on solving, how the project you propose would improve health and health equity in your community, and how well the solution has included the community in deciding what approach to take.

Grant funding is highly competitive; organizations that apply for responsive grants program will have to compete across the pool of applications for the objectives outlined below.

Proposed programs and/or projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones, as our work is grounded in serving Coloradans who have low income and historically have had less power or privilege, putting the creation of health equity at the center of everything we do, and being informed by the community and those we exist to serve.

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 work in and area of interest.

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To be considered for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

Responsive Grants Available for June 2019

Maintain Healthy Bodies

Patient Barriers: Tackle patient-reported barriers to primary care access so that more Coloradans receive quality primary care that reflects who they are, what they need and is near where they live.

The Foundation defines patient barriers as those that keep an individual from accessing the necessary primary care they need in a timely manner. Barriers can include cost, transportation, clinic accessibility and the availability of culturally responsive care. For more information on barriers, please refer to the Foundation’s report series, The Health Care Perceptions of Low-income Coloradans.

Nurture Healthy Minds

Caregiver Resources: Ensure that formal, informal and familial caregivers have access to resources and supports that improves their skills to have strong and positive relationships with young children in Colorado – ages 0 to 6 – so that they have stable, responsive relationships with at least one caring adult.

The Foundation defines a caregiver as those individuals who assume responsibility for a child’s care and education, including napping, meals and other routines. Formal, informal and familial caregivers are inclusive of licensed child care and home-based care providers; family, friend, neighbor care; and parents or other primary caregivers. 

Strengthen Community Health

Housing Programs: Increase access to programs that deliver services to help maintain or increase affordable housing opportunities for low-income Coloradans.

The Foundation seeks to support programs to better reach and serve low-income populations in need of affordable housing opportunities. For example, programs that provide eviction prevention services, financial counseling, navigation assistance and connection to resources, educational opportunities, outreach and enrollment support, among others. Programs must be informed by the communities they seek to serve and be linguistically and culturally responsive. Support for direct financial assistance (e.g., rental assistance, down payment assistance) is not eligible under this objective.

Champion Health Equity

Community Capacity: Support activities and resources that strengthen the community’s social capital and builds community.

Our intent is to support efforts that increase or enhance the strength of community* capacity through development of strong relationships and connections among community members and to ensure that community voice is authentically reflected in programs, services and initiatives.

  • Social Capital: The networks, norms and trust that enable community members to act together more effectively to pursue shared objectives.
  • Community Building: The fostering and utilization of community talent, knowledge and resources to shape the community’s future.
  • Community: A social group of any size whose members reside in a specific and shared locality, and often have common characteristics, interests and/or cultural and historical heritage.

*We are looking to support low-income communities.

Leadership Development: Cultivate diverse, adaptive leaders who prioritize health, exercise influence and work across boundaries to strengthen community connections and action so that people and institutions are equipped to address health inequities and work together to solve health challenges.

This effort is focused on helping to strengthen health equity through investing in low-income Coloradans, including individuals who have historically had less power or privilege to *lead. Our intent is to support the capacity of these individuals to take action regardless of current role, responsibilities or title. We are interested in supporting culturally appropriate (relevant) requests that work at the individual, organizational or community level or across multiple levels.

 *We believe that the ability to lead is already present and that there are experiences, tools and resources that can help people lead more effectively.


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 or call our senior director of Grantmaking Operations at 303-953-3600.