HDGP Funding Opportunities

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The Health Disparities Grant Program (HDGP) is funded by the Colorado state tobacco tax revenue as mandated by Amendment 35 (A35) and conducts its funding cycle according to the state fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  All A35 awards funding is contingent upon Colorado State Board of Health approval, spending authority of the program and appropriations by the state legislature each year.  The Health Equity Commission assists in the review of the grant program.

Current Funding Opportunities 

HDGP FY19-21 RFA #8473
Application deadline: November 29, 2017 at 5 p.m. (MST)

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Health Equity (OHE) is pleased to announce the release of the HDGP FY19-21 Competitive Grant Request for Application (RFA) #8473.

CDPHE acknowledges that generations-long social, economic and environmental inequities result in poorer health. They affect communities differently and have a greater influence on health than either individual choices or a person's ability to access health care. Reducing health disparities through policies, practices and organizational systems can help improve opportunities for all Coloradans.

To address these issues, the purpose of the HDGP is to ensure all Coloradans have an equal opportunity to live in thriving communities and achieve their full potential. To accomplish this (including preventing diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary disease and addressing health disparities), the OHE realizes we need to look at factors that affect where we are born, grow, live, learn, work, play and age. This includes social and economic factors that go beyond the realm of the health sector and are a result of unequal allocation of power and resources, such as unequal education, employment, social support, community safe, housing, transportation and environmental conditions.

These factors are called "upstream determinants" because they begin to have a negative impact on a person's health long before the person is diagnosed with a disease. Addressing these determinants presents an opportunity to prevent diseases from developing. By funding programs, policies and practices that address these upstream determinants, we can influence healthy social, economic and environmental conditions that have a sustainable impact.

In this RFA, HDGP is soliciting applications from agencies with existing multisector partnerships to work on systems and policy changes focused on upstream determinants of health.

  • Download the application packet here.
  • Use this link to listen to the Funding Opportunity Informational Webinar held on September 27, 2017 | click here for slides. There were technical difficulties during the webinar, so this is a re-recording. To view the questions that were asking during the webinar and the responses, please see the responses to the written inquiries below.  
  • Submit all questions by email to cdphe_healthequity@state.co.us by 5 p.m. (MST) on November 8, 2017.
  • All responses will be posted on 10/4/2017; 10/11/2017; 10/18/2018; 10/25/2017; 11/1/2017; 11/8/2017 and 11/15/2017. Please review responses to written inquiries here. (Updated 11/27/2017).
    Please note that questions will not be accepted or addressed in direct emails or phone calls to CDPHE staff to ensure consistent information for all applicants.

All notices related to RFA #8473 will be posted to this page. They may include any modifications to administrative or performance requirements, answers to inquiries received, clarifications to requirements and the announcement of the apparent winning applicants. Applicants are responsible for carefully and regularly monitoring publicized modifications to this solicitation for any such notices.

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Previous Funding Opportunities

The application period is now closed for FY16-18 funding (July 2015 through June 2018) for the HDGP.  A list of the currently funded projects can be found on the HDGP Funding Portfolio page.


Amendment 35 Funding Information