GENERAL GRANT GUIDELINES
Applicant organizations must be one of the following:
- Tax-exempt (501(c)3)
- Operating under the fiscal agency of a tax-exempt organization
- Tax-supported like a school or local/state government
Applicant organizations must serve either El Paso and/or Teller Counties, Colorado.
Grant requests must align with Colorado Springs Health Foundation’s mission and its funding focus areas, described below.
In general, Colorado Springs Health Foundation will consider all types of grant requests (general operating, program, capital, capacity-building/technical assistance, etc.).
Grant size (amount approved) varies significantly. Colorado Springs Health Foundation prefers not to provide sole, majority and/or continuous funding for a request.
Colorado Springs Health Foundation does not support:
- For-profit organizations
- Requests for annual appeals, membership drives, fundraising events, political candidates or lobbying efforts
Colorado Springs Health Foundation understands that health outcomes (length of life and quality of life) are influenced by multiple factors. These factors include clinical care, health behaviors, social and economic determinants and the physical environment. This is termed a “population health framework” or “population health model.” To learn more about it and how our community stacks up against other Colorado counties, check out the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps site found here.
As a starting point for grantmaking, Colorado Springs Health Foundation identified four areas of investment focus. These areas were chosen to align with the Foundation’s mission, community need, key stakeholder and focus group input, and the population health framework described above.
Funding Focus Areas:
- Expand access to health care for those in greatest need. This includes care for physical, mental, oral and/or substance use disorder-related concerns.
- Address the workforce shortage of primary care or psychiatric providers (Starting in 2019, this will be broadened to be “Address the healthcare workforce shortage”)
- Prevent suicide
- Cultivate healthy environments in high-need or underserved communities
On rare occasions, the Colorado Springs Health Foundation may choose to consider requests that are within its mission yet outside the funding focus areas and offer both high potential for impact and strong alignment with CSHF values.
Multiyear Requests: Multiyear grant requests will continue to be accepted but on a more limited basis: when an organization or collaboration needs support to initiate a new approach to addressing a community need or concern.
CSHF will not entertain multiyear requests for general operating support or ongoing program operations. This adjustment will not affect multiyear awards made in 2018. This change affects applications due or received in 2019.
If a funded partner (grantee) receives three years of continuous funding (general operating, program, capital, a combination), it will be asked to take a 2-year time out before applying again. Grants made to the organization prior to 2018 will not count toward the 3-year continuous funding rule.