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Infusing Equity into Built Environment for Better Health

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Colorado Health Foundation
Oct 15, 2023

The Colorado Heath Foundation will provide capital grants for built environment, such as playgrounds, parks, and outdoor spaces in Colorado that allow children, youth, and families to engage in physical activity more regularly. Priority is given to communities living on low income, communities of color, and rural communities.

Communities must engage in an equity-centered, community-driven design process (ECCD) that brings various participants together to create outdoor spaces that reflect the community's history, culture, and legacy.

Project elements may include:

  • Fixed infrastructure: Funds can be used to purchase non-movable tables and benches and tangible, immovable, age-appropriate, outdoor play space equipment for diverse age groups, as well as necessary associated surfacing.
  • Playground markings: Funds can be used to support costs associated with painting a play area and public space with colorful, engaging and stimulating game and activity patterns that encourage physical activity.
  • Signage: Funds for signage must not exceed $2,500 and can be used to purchase and install clear and identifiable signage and information in and around the public space to provide directions to the play spaces and to encourage the use of the equipment.
  • Activation: A total of $2,000 of the budget can be used for promoting environmentally friendly materials and events, including a one-time groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Weather protection: Funds can be used to purchase structures for sun, rain and snow protection, including canopies and trees, to encourage intergenerational use year-round.
  • Amenities: Funding for amenities will be considered on a case by case basis. Funds can be used to build bathrooms and water fountains; construct sidewalks as needed so youth can bike or walk to the park or playground safely.

Communities in Colorado are eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Planning grants: Up to $25,000 to support and engage in the ECCD process at varying levels of readiness

Shovel-ready projects: $250,000 - $700,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Capital funding · Children and youth · Families · Health disparities · Physical activity · Poverty · Racial and ethnic groups · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Colorado

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