Grantfunding

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Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Our grantfunding supports charitable organizations and programs that improve individual health by improving community health.

In 2017, we invested more than $122 million toward building healthier communities in Colorado through charitable coverage and care, medical research, grants and donations, community health initiatives, safety net partnerships, and knowledge dissemination.

Through commitments and partnerships with charitable and community based organizations we improve the community by addressing health disparities and public health issues in low-income, underserved, and at-risk communities.

Grantfunding Investments

Our work is driven by our conviction that good health is a fundamental right shared by everyone and by our heritage of prevention and health care. We understand that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. It begins with healthy environments: fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhood stores, successful schools, clean air, accessible parks, and safe playgrounds. These are the vital signs of healthy communities. Good health for the entire community requires equity and social and economic well-being.

Every 3 years, we conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to better understand the needs and resources of our communities. The CHNA informs our grantmaking investments and guides us in developing strategies aimed at making long-term, sustainable change. Our current community health investment needs include:

High Priority Health Needs

  • Economic Stability and Vitality
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Mental Health

Medium Priority Health Needs

  • Access to Primary and Specialty Care
  • Climate Change
  • Substance Use

Our grantfunding is focused in communities that fall within our Colorado service area. A map of our service area is available in our CHNA report. We  also have a national grantmaking program for nonprofits with a wider geographic scope beyond Colorado.

For commonly asked questions and answers about our grantfunding, please visit our questions and answers page.

Funding Focus

We currently have 2 main avenues for organizations seeking funding:
grants and funding for community gatherings.

We publish funding opportunities that describe initiatives we will fund with a grant, eligible applicants who may apply, and funds available for the initiative. Announcements of open funding opportunities are published on our website and are emailed to organizations on our mailing list. Typically, we release 2 – 4 funding opportunities each year that address specific community health needs. If your organization is not already on our distribution list, please email co-contributions@kp.org to be added to the list.

The Community Gatherings Fund supports local, community gatherings that align
with our community health needs assessment (CHNA), increase collaboration among community partners, and promote health equity outcomes. We consider requests up to $5,000 for gatherings that make a notable impact in the community. Community Gatherings Fund applications may be submitted at any time using our online request form.

We consider funding for nonprofit organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, sponsored projects of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization acting as a fiscal sponsor, and local government and public agencies, with some exceptions.

You can review funding opportunities that are now closed to see how our community initiatives are structured.

Together with our community partners we build a healthier Colorado.