Colorado nursing home patients and their families will soon benefit from $200,000 in state grants for projects aimed at improving nursing home residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

Money for these grants comes from fines levied by the Colorado Nursing Facility Culture Change Accountability Board against nursing homes that fail to meet state inspection standards.

The measure HB 1196 was sponsored by Sen. Betty Boyd (D-Jefferson). Its passage was heralded by Gov. Bill Ritter this week as a way “to help our most vulnerable of citizens live better lives.”

The CNFCC Accountability Board is accepting applications for grant funding for projects that can be replicated in other facilities. Projects must have a continuing and long-term beneficial effect on the quality of life of residents in nursing facilities even when additional grant funds are not available.

Proposals can focus on building consumer awareness of resident-centered care, training and the hiring of culture change consultants and implementing resident-centered care initiatives.  Proposals must be received by the Culture Change Accountability Board by March 30.

Contact Sheri Clark at to apply

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Applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 30.