Strengthen Community Health: Activating Places and Spaces Together Grant

The Colorado Health Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $100,000

Deadline: Oct 15, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Funding Overview

This funding opportunity supports locally-defined, place-specific efforts to get people outdoors and actively engaged in their neighborhoods – together. The goal of the funding opportunity is to help activate existing infrastructure in public places that contributes to a community’s overall health through residential usage and positive experiences. Foundation grant funds will support costs associated with project/program planning and/or implementation for up to one year. In addition, funding for technical assistance for community engagement, communications and marketing is available. Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Proposed projects must reflect the Foundation’s cornerstones. These outline who we serve, how our work is informed and our intent to create health equity.


The following are examples of actions that a community would take as part of a comprehensive approach to community health. The Foundation encourages innovative approaches that are relevant to the particular needs of the community being served:

  • Projects and/or programming that engages residents in communal, sustained, active use of existing public infrastructure including but not limited to:
    • Movies or concerts in the park series
    • Walking or running clubs
    • Community beautification and stewardship efforts, e.g. “friends of…” or similar
  • Enhancements to existing infrastructure intended to achieve the goal of this funding opportunity
  • Community outreach and participation in planning, design and implementation of projects and programming
  • Communications, local promotion and public awareness activities

Examples of programs and/or projects we’re interested in funding

  • Planning and/or implementation for projects and programs
  • Infrastructure enhancements, e.g. beautification, information/wayfinding, etc.
  • Project/program-related administrative costs
  • Community outreach and coordination
  • Technical assistance for community engagement, communications, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Generally, we make grants to two types of organizations:
    • Colorado organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3)
    • Colorado public agencies, including state and local governments
    • New or emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal sponsor.
  • To be eligible for funding organizations must abide by all applicable local, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws in hiring, employment practices and when providing services.
  • To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate within the online grant application that they meet the following criteria:
    • Must be an organization eligible to receive funding as described on the Foundation’s website
    • Must be a group or organization with experience working within the community or communities served
    • Must serve a high proportion of youth from high-need/low-income communities; the percentage of children eligible for free and reduced school meals, average family income or other indicators of need will be considered
    • Infrastructure proposed for activation must currently exist
    • Infrastructure proposed for activation must be public or fully accessible to the public through a binding use agreement
    • Infrastructure proposed for activation must be walkable/bikeable and contiguous or linked by public, walkable/bikeable accessways
    • Proposed activation effort(s) must have demonstrated support of the surrounding community
    • Proposed activation effort(s) must target youth in the Pre-K through 12th grade age group and their families
    • Proposed activation effort(s) must be relevant and appropriate to the needs and interests of the youth served; applicants must demonstrate (through program satisfaction and/or survey results, youth/family engagement process, existing participation data or similar methods) that demand exists for proposed activities
    • Must demonstrate sufficient capacity and utilization of available technical support to effectively implement the proposed activities
    • Proposals should include support and/or commitments from local government whenever possible
    • Applicants must consider implementation and long-term sustainability of proposed activities 


  • The Foundation does not award grants to organizations that willfully discriminate against a particular class of individuals. 
  • Generally, the Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:
    • Individuals
    • Programs that require membership in a certain religion or advance a particular religious faith
      • (faith-based organizations may be eligible for funding if they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious faith, and provided that they do not require participation in activities that are specifically religious)
    • For-profit organizations or programs operated by, or for the benefit of, for-profit organizations
    • Debt retirement
    • Fundraising events
    • Endowments
  • Examples of programs and/or projects that are not eligible for funding at this time
    • Purchase and installation of new infrastructure
    • Rehabilitation or replacement of existing infrastructure, i.e. capital projects
    • General operating support

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