Responsive Grants Program

Funding Overview

Our responsive grants program is designed for you to propose your best ideas to achieve impact within one or more of our focus areas. The program is intended to respond to an urgent community need; address emerging opportunities; test innovative approaches or breakthrough ideas; or implement proven programs. At each funding deadline (Feb. 15, June 15, Oct. 15), we will identify specific objectives for our responsive grants program, which may change from deadline to deadline. Grant funding is highly competitive across all objectives open for the responsive grants program in a funding cycle. 

For more information, see a list of definitions that describe our objectives in more detail.

Proposed program and/or projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones, as our work is grounded in serving Coloradan’s who are 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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Have questions? Contact your Program Officer for more information.


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.

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.

Strengthen Community Health

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

Champion Health Equity

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

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.

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.