CommonSpirit Health Equity & Advancement Fund

CommonSpirit Health has established the CommonSpirit Health Equity & Advancement Fund. For the year 2023, the fund will distribute $5 million in community grants to extend the impact of community-based organizations that are focused on advancing social justice and health equity across Colorado, Utah and Kansas. The fund supports our vision of every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy.

CommonSpirit Health Equity & Advancement Fund

CommonSpirit Health has established the CommonSpirit Health Equity & Advancement Fund. For the year 2023, the fund will distribute $5 million in community grants to extend the impact of community-based organizations that are focused on advancing social justice and health equity across Colorado, Utah and Kansas. The fund supports our vision of every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy.

FAQs

Projects that address social justice issues and advance health equity across Colorado, Kansas and Utah. 

Applicants should ensure their proposed work/project:

  • Serves a specific diverse underrepresented or underserved community (either based on geography or lived experience).
  • Addresses specific Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
  • Integrates members of communities being served (community participatory approach)
  • Builds community capacity, with an emphasis on utilizing community health workers
  • Identifies specific objectives that will be measured and reported.
     

Priority will be given to work that:

  • Aligns with CommonSpirit’s Social Justice Framework
  • Is done in collaboration with other organizations
  • Fills a significant and unique health-related gap
  • Supports existing successful care models
  • Is innovative, trying new approaches to reducing health disparities
  • Leverages funding from other sources.
  • $ 1 million will go to proposals addressing food security
  • $ 1 million will go to proposals addressing mental health
  • $ 3 million will go to proposals otherwise advancing social justice and health equity
  • April 15 - May 15, 2023: Interim reports due for 2022 awardees who are re-applying. 2022 Awardees may complete that report here
  • May 11 & May 12, 2023: Informational webinars for prospective applicants
  • May 15, 2023: Online application period opens
  • June 11, 2023: Online applications period closes
  • June 11 - June 30, 2023: Application review process
  • Week of July 2, 2023: Awardees announced 
  • July 1 - July 15, 2023: Checks sent to recipients
  • August 2023: Projects/work begins
  • October 2023 - August, 2024: Awardee site visits  
  • April 2024: Interim reports due
  • August 31, 2024: Final reports due

Requested amounts must be $50,000 or greater. Please note that depending on number of applications, some proposals may only receive partial funding. Please indicate if you are open to partial funding in the online application form.
 

Eligible activities:  

  • General operating support, capacity building, and technical assistance. Capital project funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
     

Eligible Applicants:

  • 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organizations
  • Non 501(c)(3) community-based organizations dedicated to serving diverse, underrepresented populations applying in conjunction with a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization as a fiscal sponsor (see Sponsor Letter Template here).
  • Sovereign Tribal Nations (federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Applicant must be operating in Colorado, Western Kansas, or Utah and within 50 miles of a CommonSpirit facility or a CommonSpirit-affiliated facility.
     

Ineligible activities/applicants:

  • Debt retirement or operating deficit
  • Scholarships/endowments
  • Studies/research
  • Political advocacy work or campaigns
  • Public agencies including health departments and local governments (excluding Sovereign Tribal Nations)
  • Physician-owned (or physician immediate family-owned) organizations where physician may be able to refer
     

Requirements:

  • Complete online grant application submitted by deadline. No emailed applications will be accepted.
  • If awarded, conduct one meeting/visit with CommonSpirit leadership within the project year.
  • If awarded, submit outcomes and financial report by August 31, 2024 at this link.

CommonSpirit's health priorities maps help to identify the most pressing health and safety needs within the regions of our various hospitals.

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Kaitlyn Garcia, People Resource Center Representative, photographed for the Open Enrollment photo shoot at the CommonSpirit Health corporate headquarters in Centennial, Colorado on Monday March 22, 2021.

Online application process

The 2023 application period is now closed.

IMPORTANT! There is a 90-minute time limit to complete the online application. The online application form automatically closes after that time. The limit is the maximum the online application software will allow. We recommend you compose your answers in a separate Word document and copy-paste them into the online application, so you do not lose content. Review the sample application.

Questions?

Questions?

Questions regarding the grant can be directed to our email. Please allow one week for responses. No emailed applications will be accepted.

 

Informational webinars

Informational webinars

Watch the English and Spanish versions of the informational webinars.

 

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Helpful resources

Helpful resources