The City of Boulder has released the 2023 Health Equity Fund (HEF) Request for Proposals (RFP), for community-based health equity programs benefitting Boulder community members experiencing health disparities.

Through the HEF, the city anticipates allocating roughly $3.8 million in funding in 2023, to qualified community organizations through a competitive application 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 HEF aims to reduce disparities and to improve health equity for people experiencing systemic socio-economic and health barriers. 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; promote physical fitness; and more.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2022 and must be submitted electronically using the Foundant grant management system. No paper or late applications will be accepted. Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a grant management system technical assistance session on Friday, June 24, and a HEF information session to be held on Monday, June 27.

To download the RFP – which includes links for the virtual information sessions -- and to apply for the 2023 fund round, visit the Health Equity Fund webpage. Applications from organizations that are led by and serve historically excluded populations, are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please email Elizabeth Crowe at crowee@bouldercolorado.gov.