Health Equity Fund: Grants that support health for all Boulder community members

The Health Equity Fund provides grant funding to community organizations and agencies promoting health equity for Boulder community members experiencing health disparities.

2020 Health Equity Fund Report

The annual report outlines key community impacts that resulted from Health Equity Fund (HEF)-funded programs. Thousands of Boulder community members have directly benefitted from these programs and are reporting increased food security, increased physical activity, reduced consumption of sugary drinks and greater access to holistic health care for people of all ages. HEF grantees also helped determine programmatic community-wide health equity goals, such as fewer barriers to health services, reduced disparities in chronic disease rates and increasing use of health equity policies and practices.

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2020 Health Equity Fund Annual Report

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Health Equity Fund 2022 Request for Proposals Now Closed

Applications were due on Aug. 17, 2021. The city expects to announce final 2022 funding decisions in November 2021. More information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.

Background

The City of Boulder's Health Equity Fund (HEF) provides grant funding to community organizations and agencies promoting health equity for Boulder residents. Funding investments are 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 grants or allocated nearly $17 million for health equity programs.