Champion Health Equity: Rapid Response Funding Opportunity: Advocacy

The Colorado Health Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $75,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Funding Overview

The Advocacy Rapid Response funding opportunity aims to fund short-term advocacy initiatives (three-to-nine months in length) that ensure Coloradans’ interests and priorities are front and center in shaping policy decisions that will have long-term impacts on creating health equity in Colorado.

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

Grants typically range from $15,000 to $75,000.


Advocacy Rapid Response grant applications should seek support for projects that meet the following criteria:

1. Focus on time-sensitive opportunities for public policy advocacy:

Proposed projects for rapid response funding may seek to:

  • Promote a public policy change at the local, state and/or federal level related to one or more of the priorities listed below or;
  • Protect or improve implementation of an existing local, state or federal policy related to one or more of the priorities listed below.

2. Reflect one or more of the following priorities that aims to advance health equity in Colorado by:

  • Creating equity in access to and use of high-quality, comprehensive primary care.
  • Supporting children to move their bodies safely and conveniently on a daily basis.
  • Enhancing services and supports that foster social-emotional development and resiliency of young children.
  • Ensuring teens and young adults have access to the resources they need to support healthy minds.
  • Ensuring adults have access to local recovery resources that promote healthy minds and productive lives.
  • Ensuring Coloradans have enough affordable, nutritious food.
  • Supporting access to affordable, safe and high-quality housing options.

3. Include each of the following features:

  • Foundation Alignment: Aligns with and advances the Foundation’s cornerstones that are necessary to serve our mission.
  • Priority Alignment: Clearly articulates how activities undertaken at this time contributes to and advances one or more of the Foundation’s seven issue focused priorities that aims to advance health equity in Colorado.
  • Advocacy Focus: Focuses on advocacy related to public policy at the local, state and/or federal level. Activities that address individual behaviors or provide direct services will not receive consideration.
  • Urgency: Describe the intended impact on public policy at the local, state or federal level and the critical importance of timeliness within the current policy environment.
  • Community Support: Reflects the interests of community members most impacted by the current policy environment; this should go beyond demonstrating support of the sponsoring organization or group and instead show authentic engagement of and /or with community members.
  • Impact: Describe the intended impact on public policy at the local, state and/or federal level related to the above priorities, as well as how activities undertaken will contribute to bringing health in reach for communities experiencing health inequities.
  • Right Group: Reflect why this is an appropriate group to conduct this work, including expertise in the proposed approach, understanding of the issue, appropriateness for representing the community you are seeking to serve, and trust from the community, other advocates, and policymakers. 

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


  • Generally, we make grants to the following 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. See details here.
  • 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.
  • The Foundation may provide Rapid Response Advocacy funding to eligible organizations who are conducting time-sensitive advocacy projects, such as:
    • Coalition building, management and facilitation
    • Grassroots organizing
    • Litigation and legal advocacy
    • Media relations and media advocacy
    • Policy and legal analysis
    • Policymaker education
    • Public education
    • Influencer education
    • Public opinion research
    • Messaging development and testing
    • Regulatory advocacy


    • Preference will be given to initiatives that focus on one of the following policy priorities:
      • Protecting our statewide health coverage and access gains, while maintaining a commitment to our values of equity, addressing social determinants of health and securing coverage for uninsured and underinsured populations.
      • Organizing, educating and building leadership in local communities – and among historically marginalized populations – in an effort to unite communities on health coverage-related policies.
      • Elevating the consumer voice to help drive system-level policy change for cost containment, payment and delivery reform, and integration of care including primary care, specialty care, oral health, behavioral health and substance use treatment.  
      • Identifying innovative fiscal reform opportunities to address local and statewide fiscal challenges as it relates to health care spending and budgeting.


    • We do 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
    • Funding may not be used for the following:
      • Bridge funding (to fill a funding gap); 
      • Long-term initiatives;
      • Previously planned Initiatives;
      • Staff salaries;
      • Supporting or opposing candidates for elected office or partisan political activities.