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 October 2019:


Maintain Healthy Bodies

Primary Care Workforce: Attract, recruit and retain a well-distributed primary care workforce continuum to meet patients' social, cultural and linguistic needs 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 primary care as the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. The primary care workforce continuum includes all of the workforce positions that are critical to delivering person-centered and integrated primary care (e.g. medical assistants, behavioral health therapists, dental hygienists, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, etc.).

Nurture Healthy Minds

Young Adult Resiliency: Young adults benefit from policies, practices and skill-building that are culturally-responsive and support resiliency to foster healthy minds.

The Foundation defines resiliency for young adults – ages 18 to 26 – as coping and functioning despite adversity or trauma. The process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaptation in the context of risk or adversity. It is generally accepted that protective factors, both within an individual and in his or her environment, can help moderate risk for adversity and therefore facilitate “resiliency” that can in turn reduce the likelihood of poor outcomes such as depression, anxiety or substance use.

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.



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.