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. 

Proposed program and/or 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 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 February 2019

Maintain Healthy Bodies

  • Primary Care Workforce: Attract, recruit and retain a well-distributed primary care workforce continuum (including upstream) to meet patient’s social, cultural and linguistic needs.

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

  • Community Food Programs: Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of collaborative community-level efforts to reduce food insecurity so Coloradans have healthy food and won’t go hungry.
  • Food Program Participation: Increase participation in public food assistance programs among Coloradans who are eligible for them so they have healthy food and won’t go hungry.
  • Housing Financial Assistance: Increase Coloradans’ purchasing power for housing by improving and better targeting programs that provide financial assistance for renters and home-buyers to reduce the number of low-income Coloradans who spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing.

Champion Health Equity

  • Community Capacity: Support activities and resources that strengthen the community’s social capital and builds community capacity to generate solutions that address their most pressing 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.