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, etc.). Capital requests may not exceed $100,000, however, CSHF reserves the right to make exceptions.
Grant size (amount approved) varies significantly. Colorado Springs Health Foundation prefers not to provide continuous and/or sole 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
- Activities that are inherently religious
At this time, multi-year grant applications will not be considered.
FUNDING FOCUS AREAS
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
- Address the workforce shortage of primary care or psychiatric providers
- Prevent suicide
- Develop or expand school-based healthy eating and/or active living efforts for children and families
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.