Health Guidelines

Health Impact Goal

To promote a health care system that is more coordinated, affordable and accessible. Learn more about our Health philosophy and the various ways we strive to make an impact.

Health Grants Funding Priorities

Access to Care – Efforts to make health insurance coverage, and health and mental health services accessible to low-income individuals facing the greatest barriers to necessary health care.

Cost-Effectiveness of the Health Care System – Efforts to create a more cost-effective health care system, particularly for the underserved.

Health Policy and Public Health Leadership – Efforts to develop, inform and equip leaders who can help create a more accessible and well-coordinated health care system.

Primary Prevention – Efforts by organizations and coalitions working to prevent disease, and to promote community health.

The greatest consideration goes to applications that seek to improve access and coordination of the health care system over the long term. We may also fund local efforts to document and understand the community’s health needs. To address immediate needs for health care, we may fund direct services.

Grants Generally Not Supported

The Health program area generally does not fund:

  • Capital requests (except from safety-net providers that serve low-income populations)
  • Basic or clinical research
  • Disease-specific programs

Recent Grants

It may be helpful to review a list of recent Health grants to determine whether your program or project is a fit with our funding priorities.

Eligibility

We accept applications for programs or projects that primarily serve the seven-county Greater Denver area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Learn more about this and other grant eligibility criteria.

We encourage applicants to speak with Senior Program Officer Whitney Gustin Connor prior to submitting an application to the Health program area to discuss their program, project or organization.

How to Apply for a Grant

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis (no deadlines) and the submission process is all online. Learn more about submitting your application.

Required Forms and Reporting

All grantees are required to submit certain forms and reports.

Questions

Answers to many questions can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional questions, please contact Whitney Gustin Connor, senior program officer – Health, at wconnor@rcfdenver.org  or 303.398.7410.

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