Funding Opportunity: Strengthening the Safety Net: Capital Support

Funding Overview

With the increasing number of insured individuals in Colorado, health centers and safety net clinics are attempting to increase access to care to more Coloradans by expanding and renovating their facilities.

This capital funding opportunity is supporting the expansion, construction or renovation of clinics to increase their capacity to provide team-based and patient-centered primary care to underserved Coloradans. Funding is being used to support project costs associated with the design, construction, materials and labor to expand a clinic’s capacity to deliver team-based integrated care (physical, dental and behavioral health). This includes the co-location of health services provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals, a supportive space for team collaboration and designs that incorporate the use of both current and future technology.

The Foundation is funding up to $500,000 per project and no more than 25 percent of a project’s budget. Low-interest loans were available to clinics seeking additional funding. Funded projects are expected to be completed within approximately 12 months of receipt of funding. This funding opportunity does not support expansion or renovation of emergency departments, specialty care clinics or equipment purchases.

Grant Deadline: Not accepting applications. This work is in progress.

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Associated Measurable Results: Applicants will be asked to indicate how their work will numerically:

  • Increase the number of Coloradans who receive comprehensive, person-centered primary care.

To be considered for funding, applicants demonstrated within the grant application how they meet the following criteria:


  • Be a nonprofit clinic or public agency that provides primary care services to a significant population of underserved patients.
  • Provide integrated health care services through teams composed of behavioral, physical or oral health care providers.
  • Ability to demonstrate need for expanding access to primary care.
  • Plan to operate a health care facility serving low-income, vulnerable individuals for at least five years after the completion of the building expansion or renovation.
  • If a project is estimated to cost more than $25,000, the applicant must either own their facility or have a minimum three-year lease agreement.
  • Ability to financially support some portion of the project through donations, in-kind support, cash or documented loans or lines of credit, and/or other state, local or grant funding.
  • When expanding clinic space or constructing a new facility, the clinic should demonstrate recruitment, hiring or staffing plans to expand provider capacity into the additional space.