Colorado Health Access Fund
The 2018 RFP closed on March 2. Grantees will be notified by July. Our next RFP will open in January 2019.
The Colorado Health Access Fund (Fund) was created in 2014 as a Field of Interest fund at The Denver Foundation. The intent of the Fund is to support programs/activities that generally increase access to health care and strive to improve health outcomes for populations in Colorado with high health care needs. The Fund will help to ensure health care services are equitably available to all Coloradans with high health needs by distributing the funds to organizations throughout the state. Between 2015 – 2022, the Fund is committed to allocating resources among rural, urban, and suburban areas with a focus on four categories of projects:
1. Education of those with high health needs, as well as their families and caregivers;
2. Transitions in care;
3. Innovation of care delivery; and
4. Improved access to care, particularly in rural communities.
In 2014, The Denver Foundation commissioned the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to conduct an asset and gap analysis to glean a solid understanding of Colorado’s current diverse health care landscape to guide the development of this Request for Proposals. This report, “Flashpoints and Fixes: An Asset and Gap Analysis of Barriers to Care for Coloradans with High Health Needs,” can be found here [PDF], and the Executive Summary can be found here [PDF].
The CHI report noted fifteen of the twenty-one Colorado Health Statistic Regions included mental/behavioral health as a top local public health priority. Furthermore, mental and behavioral health care was cited as a community priority in every community dialogue conducted by CHI. Discussions with health and community foundations identified access to mental health and substance abuse as the most pressing issues statewide. Thus, the Colorado Health Access Fund will focus on increasing access to behavioral health treatment.
In 2017, The Denver Foundation commissioned CHI to conduct a second asset and gap analysis to check in with Colorado’s health care landscape and to guide the development of future Request for Proposals. This report, “A Way Forward: How Colorado’s Behavioral Health Leaders Can Address Colorado’s Most Pressing Needs” can be found here.
Projects/Programs, Capital Improvements, and Collaboratives
The Colorado Health Access Fund will support projects and programs that increase access to behavioral health treatment in the community. Capital improvement applications will be considered as well. Applicants can submit one request for project/program OR capital improvements support. Applicants cannot combine requests.
Funding is available to support existing organizations that are already formally working together to meet shared goals around behavioral health treatment. These Collaboratives could be comprised of community organizations and government agencies including local public health agencies that have already come together across Colorado in a formal partnership of three or more unrelated organizations. By working together in ways that make sense for their community, organizations have the potential to bring assets and resources together in unique ways to increase access to behavioral health care and strive to improve behavioral health treatment outcomes.
The 2018 RFP is now open. You may reference the RFP, application information, budget template below. A webinar will be available beginning on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The webinar is recorded and you can access it at your convenience after the 16th. Participation is optional, but strongly encouraged.
Evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund