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Our Priorities

To guide us in achieving our vision, we have organized our work into three community outcome areas: Healthy Living, Health Coverage and Health Care. In 2014, the Foundation announced changes to our long-term goals, strategies, grantmaking approach and evaluation model. Read more about the changes.

  • In Healthy Living, our focus is to ensure every kid in Colorado has the opportunity to eat healthy and engage in physical activity.
  • In Health Coverage, our focus is to ensure all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage.
  • In Health Care, our focus is to ensure all Coloradans achieve health with support from a network of primary health care and community services.

The Foundation will also be expanding our work in the early childhood arena and will launch Healthy Beginning funding opportunities in fall of 2016. Healthy Beginnings will focus on improving the experiences and environments of young children and their families.

How We Work
We use our core tools as a foundation to meet our mission, including:

  • Grantmaking: We provide support to organizations whose work is aligned with our goals and strategies. Read more.
  • Evaluation: As stewards of public assets, we believe in measuring the effectiveness of our work. Learn more.
  • Public policy: Working with our partners, we strive to influence health policy in support of our priorities by developing informed and engaged leaders, convening stakeholders to further a common agenda, conducting objective research and analysis and supporting advocacy organizations. Read more.
  • Program-related investments: Through our program-related investment strategies, we invest in resources and create partnerships across both the public and private sectors that aim to improve the health of Coloradans. Learn more.
  • Communications: Communication is vital to achieving our goal of making Colorado the healthiest state. Through publications, events, digital and traditional media and storytelling, we engage the community and share the work of our grantees. Join our mailing list for more information.
  • Primary care residency training programs help to ensure that Coloradans achieve health through comprehensive, person-centered care. Learn more.

What We Fund through Grantmaking
Our funding focuses on populations whose health needs are not being met due to income, age, race, ethnicity, geography or other barriers.

We evaluate grant applications that align with funding opportunities within Healthy Living, Health Coverage and Health Care. Each funding opportunity offers criteria about eligibility and applicant deadlines.

Typically we consider grants for project, general operating support and capacity building. On occasion, we also consider requests for capital funding if the proposed efforts have a demonstrable link to our community outcomes, strategies and program areas. In each case, funding opportunity criteria guide specifically what will be funded and in general we define these areas as follows:

    • Project: specific sets of activities carried out over a defined period of time.
    • General operating support: support for an organization's day-to-day expenses to enable it to carry out its mission.
    • Capacity building: strengthening an organization by enhancing financing, governance, planning and other business capabilities.
    • Capital: improving an organization's facilities or infrastructure.

    What We Don't Fund through Grantmaking
    The Foundation does not award grants to organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

    Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:

    • Individuals
    • Programs that require membership in a certain religion or advance a particular religious faith (faith-based organizations may be eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious faith, and provided that they do not require participation in activities that are specifically religious)
    • For-profit organizations or programs operated by, or for the benefit of, for-profit organizations
    • Debt retirement
    • Annual fund drives
    • Fundraising events
    • Endowments

    If you have any questions, please contact our grants management department at 303.953.3600. Get more clarification about what’s new and download a Frequently Asked Questions document.