Operating as a field of interest fund of the Denver Foundation, the Colorado Health Access Fund works to improve healthcare access and outcomes for underserved populations in the state by reducing barriers to treatment, supporting community-based solutions, and disseminating project successes and obstacles, all with the goal of improving industry best practices.
In support of this mission, the fund currently is accepting applications from behavioral health organizations working to increase access to treatment for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to programs, collaborations, and capital improvements that help improve health care for those who have an identified behavioral health issue concurrent with an additional barrier to health equity such as homelessness, a lack of health insurance, a physical disability, or a primary language other than English. Grants may be awarded for up to three consecutive years.
Applications should focus on treatment rather than prevention. The foundation prioritizes methods rooted in scientific evidence that have proven to be successful, as well as promising new practices based on current literature.
Focus areas the fund has identified for this opportunity are patient and caregiver education, transitions in care, innovation in care delivery, and improved access to care (with a spotlight on rural communities).
Pre-registration by February 28, 2019, is required.
Eligible applicants must be based in Colorado and be a nonprofit organization (though some government agencies are eligible, with stipulations).
See the Denver Foundation website for complete guidelines and application instructions.