Colorado Springs Health Foundation’s main purpose is to make grants. This page outlines our general grant guidelines and our funding focus areas. Please note that each specific funding opportunity may have different or additional requirements or parameters.
Funding Focus Areas
Colorado Springs Health Foundation has identified five funding focus areas. These areas align with the Foundation’s mission, community need, community and stakeholder input, and the population health framework described above.
- Expand access to healthcare for those in greatest need. This includes care for physical, mental, oral and/or substance use disorder-related concerns.
- Address the healthcare workforce shortage
- Prevent suicide
- Cultivate healthy environments in high-need or underserved communities. Healthy environments are those that encourage greater physical activity or those that increase access to healthy, affordable food.
- Prevent or heal trauma
Multiyear grant requests are considered 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.
Starting Jan. 1, 2022, a current funded partner may not request additional funding from CSHF until/unless it has spent down its current grant funds and submitted its final grant report. After these steps are completed, the organization is welcome to pursue funding again.
As has been CSHF’s ongoing practice, this time-out guideline does not apply to capacity-building/technical assistance requests. An organization may apply for and/or receive capacity-building/TA funding even if it is a current funded partner.
The Colorado Springs Health Foundation will consider emergency funding requests in exceptional and uncommon circumstances. Please contact CSHF staff for additional information.
In 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.
The Foundation’s geographic scope is El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado.
CSHF’s main funding opportunity opens in November with applications due late January. CSHF also has two ongoing funding opportunities that have no specific deadlines (collaboration and capacity-building). On occasion, CSHF offers a more limited funding opportunity that opens in July with a deadline in late August/early September. These grant cycles are subject to change.
Generally, the review and decision making process takes between two and four months. Decision turnaround time depends on how many applications are up for review at a given time and when the application was received relative to the board’s meeting schedule.
CSHF does not have set grant award minimum or maximum. We look at the amount of the request relative to the total cost of the project/program and/or organizational budget. We like to see a diverse network of support for the work. Like most funders, CSHF prefers not to be the sole or majority funder.
If you are facing some implementation challenges and/or if you won’t spend down the grant award within the grant period, please call CSHF staff to discuss. An extension is possible, but we need to speak with you and understand the situation before considering an extension request.
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