The Colorado Springs Health Foundation will pay out approximately $8 million in grants during the next three years.

Interested and eligible organizations serving El Paso and Teller counties are invited to apply for funds related to the foundation’s four funding focus areas:

  • expanding access to care for those in greatest need;
  • addressing the primary care and psychiatric workforce shortage;
  • preventing suicide; and
  • developing/expanding school-based efforts to improve child/family healthy eating and active living.

These funding focus areas were developed based on the foundation’s mission, local need, focus group and key stakeholder input, and evidence behind what drives the health of a community, according to a news release issued by the CSHF.

“We are delighted to begin making grants dedicated to improving our community’s health,” said BJ Scott, foundation board chairwoman. “Focus group and key stakeholder input helped inform the funding focus areas that support our mission and build on evidence that drives the health of a community.”

Cari Davis, the foundation’s executive director, said establishing a foundation to improve public health was decided by voters with Memorial Health System’s lease to UCHealth in 2012.

“When the citizens of Colorado Springs voted to lease Memorial to UCHealth, they did so knowing that the proceeds of this transaction would establish a foundation to improve health In El Paso and Teller counties,” Davis said. “We are now in a position to begin making this mission a reality,”

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According to the foundation’s website, applicant organizations must be one of the following:

  • tax-exempt 501(c)3;
  • operating under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)3; or
  • tax-supported like schools or local/state government.

Additionally, applicant organizations must serve either El Paso or Teller counties.

The foundation does not support:

  • organizations that have not secured their legal 501(c)3 IRS designation or are not operating under the fiscal agency of a nonprofit;
  • for-profit organizations;
  • individuals; or
  • requests for annual appeals, membership drives, fundraising events, political candidates or lobbying efforts

The foundation supports grant requests for general operations, projects/programs and capacity building.

According to its website, the foundation will consider capital requests, but those requests will not be a priority. An individual capital request must not exceed $100,000.

Interested organizations may find detailed information on grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and the link to the application at cshf.net.