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Summer/Fall 2023 Funding 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. To this end, the Foundation is pleased to offer the Summer/Fall 2023 Funding Opportunity to eligible organizations serving El Paso and/or Teller Counties, Colorado.

CSHF will open the Summer/Fall 2023 Funding Opportunity in early June.

The Summer/Fall 2023 Funding Opportunity will accept requests related to healthy environments in high-need or underserved communities. Specifically and exclusively, CSHF invests in:
• Efforts that encourage greater physical activity
• Efforts that increase access to healthy, affordable food
• Efforts that increase or maintain/retain transitional or permanent affordable housing. This includes home improvement, weatherization and energy efficiency efforts to maintain affordable housing as well as efforts to connect people in need with transitional or permanent affordable housing, e.g. case management, resource coordination, navigation, and support.
NOTE: Emergency shelter and emergency rent/mortgage requests will not be considered.

For more details on this funding opportunity, see our website, and scroll down to Grant Opportunities. The application deadline is Thursday, August 17, noon Mountain Time and a pre-application phone call is required.

Upcoming Virtual Learning Sessions

CSHF’s Learning Sessions are free and open to the public. Please share with others who may be interested in the topics.

2023 Colorado Legislative Wrap-Up:
Thursday, June 22, 2023
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Register Here

QPR* Training:
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Register Here
[*QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, an evidence-based suicide prevention training.]

Winter/Spring 2023 Funding Cycle: A Summary

In late April, Colorado Springs Health Foundation awarded 44 grants totaling $2.5 M. These grants related to CSHF’s Access to Healthcare, Suicide Prevention and Preventing/Healing Trauma funding focus areas.
Here are some data on the applications and grant awards:
• Total applications: 51
• Total grant awards: 44 (86% award rate)
• The largest grant awarded was $197,726 and the smallest was $5,000
• % of grants awarded by funding focus area: 55% Access to healthcare; 42% Prevent/Heal trauma; 3% Suicide prevention
• % of grants awarded by grant type: 59% program; 39% general operating; 2% capital
• Behavioral health-related grant awards: 52%
• Military-related grant awards: 7%
• Rural region-focused grant awards: 7%
• SE Colorado Springs-related grant awards: 7%

2022 Annual Report

CSHF’s 2022 annual report is available at the News page of the website. Our 2022 Audit is also available at the bottom of the About Us page of the website.

What We Are Reading About or Listening to Now

• For those of us who struggle with work-home “balance,” this episode of The Ezra Klein Podcast is a very interesting listen. Ezra Klein interviews Judith Shulevitz on the wisdom of Sabbath and its application to modern life as experienced by some in the US.

• An Invisibilia podcast called Therapy Ghostbusters about community-level trauma and creativity, tenacity, time and flexibility necessary to identify approaches that are culturally responsive and resonant. (48 minutes)

• The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker. Wow…I (Cari) needed to read this! After decades of facilitating meetings, this was a critical reminder of how we can ensure our gatherings are more constructive and enjoyable. If you lead meetings, design meetings, participate in meetings, hate meetings…this is the book for you. And, if you prefer a pod vs. a book, check out Kristin Tippet interviewing Priya Parker in the On Being podcast.

• Tracy Kidder’s new book, Rough Sleepers. A reminder that medicine is about care—deep caring for our fellow human beings.

• David Brooks’s essay on the loss of a dear friend, “How to Serve a Friend in Despair?”

• This New York Times piece on racial disparities in childbirth outcomes.

• Matt Richtel’s New York Times piece, “The Income Gap is Becoming the Physical-Activity Divide.”

• Christina Caron’s “How to Feel Less Lonely, According to the Surgeon General” in the New York Times. Five simple and actionable suggestions for decreasing loneliness. If you would prefer a podcast, Kristin Tippet interviews the Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, on “To Be A Healer” in the On Being podcast.



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