2021 Fostering Collaboration

A Grant Opportunity

Colorado Springs Health Foundation’s mission is to make grants to target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado. One of CSHF’s values is collaboration.

The Foundation has a strong interest in how collaborative models can help address our community’s complex health challenges. The Foundation believes that organizational collaboration holds unique promise for driving innovation and making a significant impact on community health.

CSHF defines collaboration as: Multiple organizations, perspectives and disciplines formed and working together in pursuit of a common goal that could not be achieved individually. Collaboration is bigger than partnerships; it is more than a memorandum of understanding.

Collaboration is best used to address complex problems through systems change. It is difficult, resource-intensive, and time-consuming. As such, it is an approach that should be pursued sparingly and thoughtfully, only when the challenge warrants this level of investment. Principles of collective impact, when applied, have been shown to improve a collaboration’s ability to achieve real and measurable progress.

This funding opportunity is designed to support new or existing collaborative efforts whose shared purpose aligns with one of CSHF’s funding focus areas  and meets CSHF’s eligibility requirements.

Collaboration applicants with the following attributes are considered more competitive:

  • The purpose behind the collaboration aligns tightly with one of CSHF’s funding focus areas
  • The collaboration addresses a key community health challenge that requires the intentional and combined efforts of diverse organizations, perspectives and disciplines for its resolution
  • The collaboration applies principles of the collective impact model, including backbone functions. See “Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact” by Turner et al, Stanford Social Innovation Review, July 2012 for more insight on backbone functions
  • Participating organizations contribute resources (in-kind or cash) to the effort
  • The work involves evidence-based practices, whenever possible
  • The collaboration has transformative potential

Even if your collaboration does not possess all of the attributes described above, it may still be a good fit for applying. Discuss your collaboration with CSHF staff.

How to apply:

The application may be found on-line.

Length of grant:
Up to three years.


None. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

If you are interested in applying for funding, you must speak with Colorado Springs Health Foundation staff about your proposal before applying. If you do not have this conversation first, your application will not be considered. Please sign up for a date/time that works for you.

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Questions? Contact Cari or Jamie at info@cshf.net