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2020 Health Equity Fund Grantees Process

In November 2019, the City Manager approved these Health Equity Fund 2020 grantees pdf. Congratulations!

On November 18, 2019 the city held its 2019 Health Equity Fund Grantee Summit, for 2019 and 2020 grantees. The Summit included networking; a presentation on research about the sugar-sweetened beverage tax; and small group discussions to gain impact on Health Equity Fund indicators. Click below for presentation materials:

Health Equity Evaluation Framework

In February 2019 the consulting group Health Management Associates (HMA) finalized a Health Equity Fund “Theory of Change”. The Theory of Change describes the relationship between funding, grantee activities and health outcomes, and will help the city and grantees measure health equity impacts related to funded programs.



The City of Boulder's Health Equity Fund (HEF) provides funding to community organizations and agencies promoting health equity for Boulder residents. Funding is awarded through an annual competitive process based on alignment with the intent and language of the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax, a ballot measure which was approved in November 2016.

The Sugar Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax  (SSBPDT) is an excise tax of up to two cents per ounce on the first distributor in any chain of distribution of drinks with added sugar, and sweeteners used to produce such drinks. Revenue collected, minus the cost of tax collection and fund administration, is awarded to qualifying nonprofit agencies and organizations, educational or governmental entities – public or private – that propose to serve city residents. 

The HEF aims to reduce disparities and to improve health equity among our at-risk population. Examples of HEF-supported programs include those that prevent diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, heart disease, oral diseases) linked to consumption of sugary beverages; increase access to healthy food and clean water; expand health services and wellness programs; and more. Since the tax went into effect on July 1, 2017, the city has awarded or allocated roughly $7.3 million for health equity programs. 

For More Information

For more information contact Elizabeth Crowe, Human Services Investment Manager, Health Equity Fund at (303) 441-1928 or [email protected] .