Telligen Community Initiative (Colorado or Oklahoma-based Applications)

Telligen Community Initiative

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Medical Education & Professional Training Health Care Access & Delivery Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Epidemiology & Public Health Health Information Technology

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Colorado, Oklahoma

Location of residency: Colorado, Oklahoma

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About Telligen Community Initiative

Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is a private, non-profit foundation originated by Telligen, Inc. TCI works from a vision of helping empower organizations and citizens to improve their individual and overall community health. Our mission is to initiate and support innovative and forward-looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being and educational attainment.

Our philanthropy is done within the strategic funding priorities of:

  • Health innovation
  • Healthcare workforce development
  • Social determinants of health

TCI works from the following guiding principles:

TCI wants to advance a framework that brings together health care delivery systems, public health agencies, community organizations and health educators to improve health. We seek to be a grant-maker that works to create and sustain collaborations where health responsibility is shared and accountable by all. TCI philanthropy seeks to provide catalytic funding to those that share this belief and can spread its adoption. The following represents guiding principles for our approach to philanthropic support:

  • Every person deserves health education and services, especially the most vulnerable members of our communities.
  • Health promotion provides opportunities for the development of community and individual capacity.
  • Many factors shape health and health outcomes (social determinants of health), putting a premium on prevention and integration of health with other community stakeholders and sectors.
  • Active and intentional collaboration with others that share common ground, views and beliefs.

During our over 14-year history, we have funded many worthwhile projects and initiatives. We have learned the most effective way to make change and have the greatest impact is to foster and support collaborative efforts and initiatives that embrace and address the social determinants of health within their planning and work. This lens is what we hope differentiates us and forces a more upstream definition of health and explains our approach and resulting community support investments. 

Request for Proposals: An Introduction

TCI funding  will continue to focus on improving the health of communities within the context of specific funding priority areas. These priority areas were identified to more specifically define TCI’s community responsive grant programming, to produce more defined themes within our priority areas, and to enhance the portability and replication potential of similarly themed projects across Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Oklahoma communities. We continue to believe in multiple funding mechanisms that try to meet applicants where they are in their work and evolution. This could encompass multiple themes or forms of support:

  • First-dollar, programmatic funding or seed funding to nonprofit organizations or governmental entities is a powerful contribution TCI can make to positively impact health status.
  • This funding can also be positioned to provide core support for critical work of an organization in strong alignment with our funding priorities.
  • Expansion or spread of already impactful and successful approaches you are doing to other populations or geography.
  • This funding could also be evaluated by a potential applicant to support meaningful capacity building of an organization to better deliver its work or mission that strongly aligns with TCI funding priorities.

In all we do, TCI seeks to support projects that are at the intersection of and connect clinical and community-based work; build on collaborations to address underserved populations, and recognize the role of the social determinants of health within the design of project plans and proposal development. We want to meet you where your work is currently positioned and contribute to the successful advancement of your mission.

TCI Funding Priorities

Priorities: All three (3) funding priority areas are important to TCI. We seek to place an emphasis on upstream and systemic conditions which immediately or eventually impact health. We are drawn to proposals with this emphasis as its core, true focus in our funding decisions.

Following are brief introductions to our thinking around each funding priority. Each priority introduction includes a brief description about the funding areas and a list of ways that initiatives and projects could be positioned for funding consideration – themes about the types of grants TCI might fund. We obviously want to foster innovation and creativity, but the themes that follow represent the ways in which TCI prefers to deploy its philanthropic support within our priority funding areas. 

Health Innovation

This area is encouraged to think creatively and differently regarding issues and opportunities that can bring innovation to the way we all envision to achieve and advance health.

  • Initiatives and projects designed to build leadership capacity, facilitate interdisciplinary and nontraditional collaborations with health stakeholders, or increase data transparency and consumer education.
  • Efforts that advance a new or emerging process improvement or program delivery method for your organization or your field.
  • Projects that infuse or use new technology or technology introduction into the internal or external operations of your organization to create an efficiency, process improvement or direct improvement on the work with your targeted population.
  • Efforts to build community data infrastructures. Communities can have a greater chance of succeeding at health and well-being when organizations work together to create networks that integrate health with social and community services.
  • Projects that advance theories of behavioral economics (the study of how people make choices, drawing on insights from psychology and economics) to investigate the promise of applying these techniques to the health sector (actionable behavior change).
  • Telehealth efforts to advance or strengthen health delivery in new or non-traditional settings (mobile, use of technology to connect people to needed health services or to share health data or health promotional programming in unique ways to improve patient-provider interaction).
  • Initiatives to creatively integrate primary care and mental health interventions.

Healthcare Workforce Development

TCI believes the challenges of health workforce shortages and an aging population (health workforce and general

public) will require progressive and a fundamental reshaping of the way in which patient care is delivered, especially for primary care. TCI also envisions change in the point of care and the roles of the inter-disciplinary direct care team of providers needing to be factored into the needs of our future healthcare workforce. TCI sees strategies to mitigate the geographic distribution of the healthcare workforce as a place for potential focus, as well as efforts to encourage new populations to consider health career opportunities.

  • Identify new models of health workforce development and deployment. This could and should include the related training and education that support new models, either directly or through new infrastructure, spread or scale activities.
  • Distance learning or efforts to integrate and use technology to create health education access in rural and frontier rural areas.
  • Community Health Workers, community health navigators, targeted health apprenticeships or other unique and new disciplines that are emerging to specifically offer new paths into the health workforce. This is meant to include progressive programming to build engagements with regions to help committed health stakeholders acquire community health planning skills needed to improve health outcomes to more coherent, multi-stakeholder approaches.
  • Initiatives (outreach and supportive programming) addressing underserved populations and first-generation learners to consider how to become future members of the health workforce via the creation of viable health career pathways. This can include pre-planning or programming necessary for the health workforce needs of the future.
  • Inter-disciplinary healthcare workforce education to advance care team concepts and unnatural partnerships that can work to transform both the educational experience (for the healthcare learner), as well as potentially create interesting, impactful community programming and care models (often addressing a health disparity, equity or an emerging need).
  • Advance practices necessary to address the growing need for health workforce – due to aging, population change and workforce retirement.

Social Determinants of Health / Health Equity

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The social determinants of health can be most responsible for resulting health inequities. TCI believes in advancing health equity and achieving this requires novel approaches to positively address the social determinants of health. The range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health. It is the interrelationships among these factors that determine individual and population health. This interrelationship and connection to health is a connection we want to support with our resources

  • Advance patient navigation, case management and/or engagement with other community, wrap-around services. We strongly view health as more than what happens in a purely clinical setting and want to support the need for traditional health settings to connect to and with often fragmented approaches to health and social service integration.
  • Strategies to better address health literacy, cultural competency and Limited English Proficiency.
  • Improve the availability of resources to meet essential needs (safe housing, healthy foods, early childhood education, transportation).
  • Efforts to increase public safety (exposure to crime, violence or toxic situations).
  • Access and use of mass media and emerging technologies (cell phones, Internet and social media) for health-promoting purposes.
  • Ensuring seamless and effective connections between medical provider and support for socioeconomic challenges, particularly focusing on two-generation efforts to help intentionally break the cycle of poverty.
  • Efforts to identify and assist in the development of a culture of innovation in leaders – to better foster local community health capacity to creatively address upstream determinants of health in new or emerging ways. This is meant to embody characteristics of Public Health 3.0 (public health practice to emphasize cross-sectoral environmental, policy and systemslevel actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity).
  • Work that promotes a higher-performing public health system that strives for better access, improved quality or efficiency – particularly focused on the most vulnerable members of our population through innovative programming or resourcing collaborative work with other non-health sectors or social service stakeholders (integrated referral or prescriptions to community resources – efforts to better connect the traditional health sector to other supports available to assist).
  • Test value-based health interventions that might happen across sectors or outside traditional health venues, but can use our funding to pilot and demonstrate how efficiencies and health improvements can be financed and sustained by reimbursement and payor support to reward shared savings betwee the health system and community-based organizations.

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


  • To request a grant, your organization must be a recognized as a federally tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, an accredited school, or a public/governmental agency located in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Colorado or Oklahoma.
    • Note: a public agency is an organization established and primarily funded by a unit of government. 
    • Examples could include a public school, public library, local public health department or state governmental agency.


  • Note that TCI does not fund organizations with a pending 501(c)(3) status.
  • Telligen Community Initiative grants are typically not available to or for the following:
    • Organizational indirect costs 
    • Religious or sectarian organizations for religious purposes
    • Capital campaigns
    • Organizations that practice discrimination by race, color, creed, sex, age, religion or national origin
    • Deficit reduction or retirement of debt
    • General endowments
    • Real estate/land acquisitions
    • Political projects
    • Vehicles
    • Athletics or athletic events
    • Grants to individuals
    • Fundraising events (sponsorships)
    • For projects that the sole purpose is redistributing the awarded funds