Upcoming Responsive Grants Program Funding
The responsive grants program is dedicated to giving communities an opportunity to shift the way they address long-standing community needs through innovative solutions, ambitious expansion of successful programs or the adaptation and deployment of approaches backed by credible evidence of impact. We believe that addressing enduring community challenges takes daring and audacious thinkers. And when we dare to imagine out-of-the-box possibilities, we can unleash novel and creative ideas that lead to healthier lives and more vibrant communities for all Coloradans.
Within the priorities that we have outlined below, the responsive grants program gives applicants the opportunity to define the problem they want to address, propose solutions and show us their vision of what success would ultimately look like for the people they serve.
Proposed programs and/or projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones, as our work is grounded in serving Coloradans who have low income and historically have had less power or privilege, putting the creation of health equity at the center of everything we do, and being informed by the community and those we exist to serve.
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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Successful applications will center on one of the following approaches:
- Never-before-seen innovative approaches or innovations that use existing resources and tools in a new way; or
- Expansion of programs that have already demonstrated they are successful in the community; or
- Adaptation and deployment of approaches backed by credible evidence of impact in other communities.
This program is flexible by design, to provide funding for the three types of approaches outlined above. Please see below for further information on how the Foundation defines innovative solutions, expansion and credible evidence.
Preference will be given to applications that are able to demonstrate how their work will achieve impact at the intersection of two or more of the funding priorities listed below.
The responsive grants program has three available funding priorities open for the June cycle, including Children Move More, Healthy Schools and Youth and Young Adult Resiliency. Applications for Children Move More and Healthy Schools must be at the intersection of at least one of the other funding priorities open during this cycle; they cannot be applied for independently. Applications for the Youth and Young Adult Resiliency funding priority will be considered independently.
The responsive grants program has two available funding priorities open for the October cycle. Applications for Affordable Housing must be at the intersection of Adult Recovery, and cannot be applied for independently. Applications for the Adult Recovery funding priority will be considered independently.
Note: the program is not designed to provide core or ongoing funding to existing programs that don’t meet the criteria indicated on this webpage.
June 15, 2020 Funding Priorities
Children Move More (Applications must also include work related to Youth and Young Adult Resiliency and/or Healthy Schools)
The impact we seek to achieve under this priority and through this program is that more children, ages 4 to 14, will engage in at least 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week.
Healthy Schools (Applications must also include work related to Youth and Young Adult Resiliency and/or Children Move More)
The impact we seek to achieve under this priority and through this program is that children and youth will benefit from quality, equitable health improvement opportunities throughout the school day.
Youth and Young Adult Resiliency (Applications will be considered independently)
The impact we seek to achieve under this priority and through this program is that youth and young adults have coping skills they need to handle life challenges.
Oct. 15, 2020 Funding Priorities
Adult Recovery (Applications will be considered independently)
The impact we seek to achieve under this priority and through this program is that adults will have support close to home that will make recovery possible.
Affordable Housing (Applications must also include work related to Adult Recovery)
The impact we seek to achieve under this priority and through this program is a reduction in the number of low-income Coloradans who spend more than 30% of their incomes on housing.
For the purpose of this program, the Foundation thinks about innovation in two ways:
- It might mean creating a program or tool that’s never been seen before and is totally new.
- Innovation might also mean a smart, creative idea about how to use existing tools or resources in a new or unconventional way.
We feel innovative ideas should aim for two outcomes:
- Innovations should be designed to replace an existing solution. They are not “in addition to” whatever is currently happening.
- Innovations should provide clear cost benefits, whether by creating the same results for less resources, better results for the same resources, far greater results for greater costs, by adding costs in one place but saving costs in another, or by achieving clear impact now that will create significant future savings.
For the purpose of this program, we are looking to support successful ideas that are ready to be expanded – to more people, new populations or new places. We will support expanding work that you’re already doing or helping you bring ideas and programs that have worked in other places to your community. If you want to expand or scale a solution that already exists, you must have compelling and credible evidence (see definition below) that this particular solution is impactful for people or communities where it is currently implemented.
For the purpose of this program, the Foundation thinks of evidence as approaches with a history of impact, including programs, practices or interventions with proven effectiveness. Credible evidence can come from lots of different methods, so it’s not necessary that the program you’re proposing has been evaluated using any specific technical method (such as randomized control trials, quasi-experimental designs, etc.). However, the evidence available should show there is a credible case to be made that what you’re proposing will be effective for the specific problem, context and populations you’re proposing to work with. You might draw on research, previous evaluations and/or practice and experience.