The Colorado Trust has several ways by which grants are made, depending on the funding area, rationale and more.

The Trust has recently developed a grantmaking process based on its Community Partnerships approach. In partnership with communities, The Trust is funding a range of innovative, local solutions that advance health equity. Such initiatives could focus on anything and everything that can impact the health of a community, such as transportation, housing, education, employment, the natural environment, public safety and more.

Any such ideas to improve health equity in a community will be determined by community residents themselves—not by The Trust, nor a nonprofit, nor an elected official. The Trust’s team of community partners are working with Coloradans across the state to bring this to fruition.

The Trust occasionally issues requests for proposals (RFP) or requests for applications (RFA). In recent years, these requests have primarily been for the Health Equity Learning Series and Health Equity Advocacy strategies. In such cases, The Trust welcomes responses from nonprofit organizations and communities across Colorado.

Additionally, The Trust periodically provides one-time or time-limited funding for specific programs or needs that align with our health equity vision. These grants or program-related investments are referred to as Health Equity Investments.

When a competitive funding opportunity is available, a detailed RFP or RFA with related instructions and application deadlines is posted to the home page of our website. Sign up to be automatically notified by email of future funding opportunities, and visit our funding areas page for more details and descriptions of current grant strategies.

Eligibility
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for Colorado Trust funding opportunities:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a)
  • Independent, sponsored projects of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor
  • Government and public agencies

When applying for funding from The Colorado Trust, indirect costs should not exceed 10 percent.

What We Don’t Fund
The Colorado Trust does not make grants for the following:

  • Political campaigns or voter registration drives
  • Operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • Capital campaigns
  • Clinical and medical research studies

If you have any questions, or would like further information about how The Trust makes grants, please contact Gwyn Barley, vice president of Community Partnerships & Grants, gwyn [at] coloradotrust.org (via email) or by telephone at 303-837-1200.