Capital Infrastructure – Intergenerational Physical Activity

Funding Overview

The Capital Infrastructure – Intergenerational Physical Activity funding opportunity will support capital infrastructure projects that aim to promote creative and intergenerational physical activities that are accessible and open to the public for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Focus Area
Healthy Behaviors
Grant Deadlines

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To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate within the grant application how the proposed capital improvements meet the following criteria:

  • Shovel-ready projects that demonstrate advanced planning stages for which construction can begin in a short period of time.
  • A developed plan to draw intergenerational residents - of all ages - to encourage physical activity and strengthen community building. If on school grounds, the space must be open to the general public during non-school hours, including evenings, weekends and school breaks.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Serve economically disadvantaged rural or frontier (as defined by the Colorado Rural Health Center) communities that have no public space for physical activity or demonstrate the need to replace existing unsafe or outdated equipment in the public space.

Measurable Reach:

Applicants will be asked to indicate how their work will increase the number of Coloradans who have convenient access to recreational physical activity.

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.

What We Will Fund
  • Activation: Up to 15 percent of funds can be used for promotional environmentally-friendly materials and events, including a one-time ground breaking ceremony.
  • Community-based Planning: Funds should be used to meaningfully engage youth, parents and community members of all ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds in the planning and designing process to facilitate ownership and empowerment.
  • Fitness Stations and Trails: Up to 50 percent of funds can be used to purchase and install fitness stations and trails in combination with the purchase and installation of active play equipment for kids and equipment that encourages intergenerational physical activity and supervision.
  • Fixed Infrastructure: Funds can be used to purchase tangible, immovable, age-appropriate, outdoor play space equipment for diverse age groups and necessary associated surfacing.
  • Playground Markings: Funds can be used to support costs associated with painting the play area and public space with colorful, engaging and stimulating game and activity patterns that encourage physical activity.
  • Signage: Up to 10 percent of funds can be used to purchase and install clear and identifiable signage and information in and around the public space to provide directions to the play spaces and to encourage use of the equipment.
  • Weather Protection: Up to 15 percent of funds can be used to purchase structures for sun, rain and snow protection, including canopies and trees, to encourage intergenerational use year-round.
What We Will NOT Fund
  • Amenities: Funds cannot be used to purchase outdoor furniture such as tables, benches, bleachers and grills; build bathrooms; construct parking lots; or provide other amenities that add comfort without significantly increasing physical activity. The Foundation reserves the right to make exceptions if proposals focus on intergenerational creative spaces that support intergenerational activity.
  • Athletic Courts and Fields: Funds cannot be used to build fields, courts or pools for specific sports such as baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, rugby, soft ball, soccer, tennis or swimming. The Foundation reserves the right to make exceptions for non-competitive intergenerational creative spaces that address health related issues across all ages.
  • Freestanding Equipment: Funds cannot be used for freestanding equipment such as balls, bats, nets, jump ropes, parachutes, weights and other movable, non-stationary equipment that would require storage.
  • General Maintenance: Funds cannot be used for the maintenance of existing resources related to landscaping, surfacing, trash, paint, drainage, hardware, sidewalks or other maintenance in isolation from the purchase and installation of active play equipment.
  • Programming: Funds cannot be used for programming such as fitness classes, dog-training classes, photography classes, sports camps, festivals, movie nights and other community gatherings.