Funding Opportunity: Capital Infrastructure in Support of Team-based Comprehensive Primary Care

Funding Overview

This funding opportunity is to provide planning and capital funding to safety net clinics in Colorado in support of increased access to team-based, comprehensive primary care.

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’re not already connected with a program officer, please reach out to us by email or phone at 303-953-3600.

Focus Area
Maintain Healthy Bodies
Grant Deadlines

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To be considered for funding, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the Foundation’s cornerstones that advance our efforts to bring health in reach for all Coloradans
  • A nonprofit clinic or public agency that provides comprehensive primary care services to a significant population of patients who are living on low income and are uninsured and/or underinsured
  • Provides integrated health care services through teams composed of behavioral, physical or oral health care providers
  • Ability to demonstrate how the design of the expansion or renovation is aimed at providing team-based care. For shovel-ready projects, schematics will be required as an addendum to the proposal
  • Ability to demonstrate strong clinic leadership support for planning and implementing team-based care
  • Ability to demonstrate the need for expanding access to team-based primary care

Preference will be given to organizations with programs/projects that

Are serving patients in rural and/or frontier communities in Colorado (see organizations listed below).

Examples of organizations considered for funding:

  • Renovation or expansion of an existing clinic space to increase team-based primary care delivery
  • Renovation of a newly acquired site or construction of a new clinic site to increase team-based primary care delivery
  • Planning for assessment of the clinic’s journey toward team-based care and technical assistance and/or training to senior leadership and clinic staff on the foundations of team based-care. Planning efforts can also include requests for design consultation to ensure the renovation or expansion is for providing team-based care

Evaluation Activities

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.


Comprehensive primary care: The Foundation has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s definition which is “primary care is 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.” Furthermore, integrated refers to physical, behavioral and oral health and the Foundation’s definition also encompasses reproductive health services provided within the integrated setting.

Team-based care: Defined by the National Academy of Medicine as “the provision of health services to individuals, families, and/or their communities by at least two health providers who work collaboratively with patients and their caregivers – to the extent preferred by each patient – to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve, coordinated, high-quality care.”  There are five core principles: shared goals, clear roles, mutual trust, effective communication and measurable processes and outcomes.

Funding Opportunity

Our funding opportunities focus on specific needs aligned with a particular priority within our focus areas. These vary for each funding deadline (Feb. 15, June 15 and Oct. 15). Applicants will be required to address detailed criteria specific to that funding opportunity. Grant funding is highly competitive within the pool of applicants for each individual funding opportunity.

We encourage all applicants to sign up in our grants management system by June 8 to confirm registration is complete in advance of submitting a grant application. Apply for funding by 5 p.m. MDT on June 15, 2019.