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How to Apply for Funding From the Health Equity Fund

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How to Apply for Funding

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. 

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

Health Equity Fund Application Process

Does your organization or institution work to address health disparities in the City of Boulder? If so, your program may be eligible for funding through the Health Equity Fund (HEF). The HEF accepts applications from eligible organizations, institutions and agencies, for its annual competitive funding cycle. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued in the summer, with applications due in late summer/early fall with the goal of funding decisions by the end of the calendar year.

As noted above, due to COVID-19 impacts the city will not be issuing an RFP for 2021 funding. We will continue to post updates about funding opportunities here.

Funding recommendations are made collectively by Human Services Department staff and a Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC), comprised of nine community volunteers with diverse perspectives and expertise on health disparities and health equity.

Health Equity Fund Eligibility

Funds may be awarded for health equity programs (not general support) that meet HEF criteria,are recommended by the HEAC and the City Manager and approved by City Council. Eligible programs may be located in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or public or private educational organizations. Proposed programs must serve primarily Boulder residents, and benefit community members experiencing health disparities. Through the HEF, the city is interested in supporting diverse organizations and programs. 

Programmatic expenses that are eligible to receive funding include: program-specific staff pay and benefits; program materials and supplies; programmatic administrative support; and, subcontracts and/or consultation services that are necessary to carry out the program. Potential applicants are encouraged to carefully review the fund round RFP for detailed information about eligibility and criteria.