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 residents experiencing health disparities.

Health Equity Fund 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) Now Available

Does your organization work to address health disparities in the City of Boulder, or is interested in integrating health equity activities and goals into your work? If so, your program might be eligible for funding through the Health Equity Fund (HEF). Eligible nonprofit agencies are welcome to apply for grants supporting HEF outcomes and activities in 2022. The city anticipates allocating $3.4 million in 2022 for health equity programs.

Interested agencies are encouraged to carefully read the RFP for information about eligibility, criteria and how to apply.

Applications for funding are due 4 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Applications must be submitted through the city’s online grant management system.

HEF Application Q&A

City staff hosted an informational webinar for agencies interested in applying to the Health Equity Fund. If you missed participating in the webinar, you can watch a recording here.

Apply for HEF Grant Funding

Download the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP)

Review and follow instructions for applying

Applications are due by 4 p.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Contact us if you have any questions

If you need technical assistance or want to meet with city staff to discuss this grant opportunity, follow the instructions in the RFP or contact

Ana Silvia Avendano-Curiel, Grants Specialist, at

Avendano-CurielA@bouldercolorado.gov or

(303) 441-4363.

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.