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.
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
- Requests from re-granting organizations for their own grantmaking activities
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.
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.
- [New in 2020] Prevent or heal trauma; Strengthen resilience
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.