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COVID-19 Investments Update

Thank you to all of our Health Equity Fund grantees and community partners who are helping provide critical services to our community members with the greatest needs, during the COVID-19 crisis. We see you, we hear you, we appreciate you and we are here to help.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 citywide revenue impacts, the city will not be releasing a Request for Proposals for grants in 2021, and is not accepting unsolicited applications or funding requests. Instead, the city will continue to work with 2020 HEF grantees to plan for 2021 program investments, based on HEF criteria; COVID-19 investment priorities and criteria; and as Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax funds are available.

Our city HHS Community Investments staff are in touch each day with grantees and our funding partners throughout the county, to make informed, strategic decisions about current and potential future COVID-19 related investments. City staff are in touch with our Health Equity Advisory Committee about this issue, and also developed COVID-19 Investment Priorities and Criteria for clarity and transparency about our process at this time. The Boulder County Funders Collaborative has adopted a similar set of priorities and criteria.

For any questions about Health Equity Fund priorities related to COVID-19, please contact Elizabeth Crowe at [email protected] or leave a message at (303) 441-1928 and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

For more information about COVID-19 related services and assistance through our grantee and community partners, please visit the City of Boulder Coronavirus resource page, and check out the COVID-19 Basic Needs and Services Guide pdf.

Health Equity Framework for COVID-19

The Health Equity Fund evaluation framework can be useful in understanding who in our community is at increased risk for COVID-19 impacts, and what we can do to ensure health equity now and in the future.

Read and share the City of Boulder HHS Health Equity Framework for COVID-19 Response and Recovery pdf document, and see the evaluation framework section below for more background information.


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 nearly $14 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].