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Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund

The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund provides funding opportunities for initiatives that have a direct correlation with social justice and health equity across Colorado and western Kansas. In formalizing our fiscal year priorities in 2020-21, we released the Social Justice Framework to guide intentional and strategic actions to advance efforts in changing both internal and external structures and systems to drive meaningful change in serving the community and delivering whole person care.

About the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund Grant

We recently established the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund, a $1 million community grant program to extend the impact of community efforts focused on advancing social justice through initiatives that extend health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas. The fund further supports our vision of every community, every neighborhood, every life - whole and healthy.

Envíe un correo electrónico a HealthEquityFund@Centura.org para recibir información sobre subvenciones y una solicitud en español.

  • Why has Centura Health set up this program?

    The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund was launched in 2021 in support of Centura Health’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion across our vibrant communities in Colorado and Western Kansas. Our commitment to social justice lies in our Core Values, our Mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, and from our Adventist and Catholic founders, who teach us that all people are made in the image of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth.

    We have implemented programs championing diversity and fostering inclusion for the past three years to make our company better, continuously seeking ways to improve our work. From internal councils focused on governance to how we better reach the people we serve, we are constantly looking at ways to amplify our associates and communities. The events around racial justice in 2020 accelerated the work we were doing to take more focused, impactful actions to address systemic racism and the issues surrounding health care equity.

    “All people are made in the image of God and are children of God. So, all people possess an equal and inalienable worth, and belong to a single, interconnected human family. We look at reality through the eyes of those who have been impacted by oppression and injustice. We join together in community. We care for and nurture all creation as well as actively participate in our community.”

    In formalizing our social justice objectives in 2020, we released the Social Justice Framework to guide intentional and strategic actions to advance efforts in changing both internal and external structures and systems to drive meaningful change in serving the community and delivering whole person care.

    The Social Justice Framework is focused on five areas: Recognition and Support,  Education and Development, Human Resources, Health Disparities and Community Impact. The Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund is part of the Community Impact initiative.

    Learn more about our Social Justice framework

  • Funding Criteria

    Funding criteria for the Centura Health Equity & Advancement Fund include projects that address social justice issues by advancing initiatives that extend health equity across Colorado and Western Kansas.

    Applicants should ensure that their proposed projects:

    Address a part of the Social Justice Framework and/or one or more prioritized significant needs in the local hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.

    • Serve identified vulnerable or underserved populations to help address health disparities
    • Collaborate with other organizations; joint applications are encouraged but not required
    • Integrate one or more of the following principles:
      • Focus on disproportionate unmet health-related needs
      • Emphasize primary prevention and address underlying causes of health problems
      • Contribute to a seamless continuum of care
      • Build community capacity
      • Demonstrate collaboration
      • Address social determinants of health to improve health outcomes
    • Identify – and plan to evaluate and report on – specific and measurable outcomes

    Proposals addressing needs exacerbated or created by the coronavirus pandemic (including physical or mental health, and health-related social, economic and human needs) are encouraged.

  • 2021 Program Timeline

    June 7, 2021 – Application period opens
    July 31, 2021 – Applications due
    August 1 - September 1, 2021 – Applicants notified of funding selection
    Fall 2021 – Project begins
    June 30, 2022 – Project/financial reports due

  • Eligibility and Parameters

    Projects focused on advancing social justice through initiatives that extend health equity and/or other work tied to our Social Justice Framework are eligible to apply. Projects can range from $5,000 to $250,000 and must serve specific diverse communities and/or populations, focus on diverse caregivers, and leverage funding from other sources to increase social impact.

    Eligible activities: General operating support, capacity building and technical assistance

    Eligibility:

    • 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organizations
    • Community organizations using a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor. If a non-profit organization cannot accept Federal funds directly, a letter must be included in the application stating that in the event the application results in an award, the award funds must be administered through a fiscal agent organization on their behalf. This agent must be identified in the letter from the applicant and the letter must be countersigned by an authorized representative of the fiscal agent organization. The letter must include the fiscal agent’s point of contact, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.   
    • Educational institutions
    • Must be operating in Colorado or Kansas and within 50 miles of a Centura facility

    Requirements:

    • Projects must have a direct correlation to advancing social justice and health equity, using our Social Justice Framework as a guide or resource
    • Projects must serve specific diverse communities and/or populations, focus on diverse caregivers, and leverage funding from other sources to increase social impact
    • A brief written report and financial report will be required upon completion
    • Application submissions can be from $5,000 - $250,000
    • One application per collaborating organization

    Preference will be given to projects that have direct correlation to social justice and equity, directly serve diverse populations and leverage funding from other sources.

    Ineligible activities/organizations include:

    • Capital projects
    • Debt retirement
    • Scholarships/endowments
    • Studies/research
    • Political campaigns
    • Debt retirement or operating deficit
    • Public agencies including health departments and local governments
    • Physician-owned (or physician immediate family-owned) organizations where physician may be in a position to refer 


How to Apply

If you are an eligible organization, we look forward to receiving your application. Before you begin, you should read the "Grant Application Question List & Required Documentation" in the box below so you are thoroughly prepared in advance of beginning the online application. All applications are due by July 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact HealthEquityFund@Centura.org

  • Grant Application Question List & Required Documentation

    The following sections will be required on the online application in individual fields. You will have 90 minutes from the time you open the online application to complete and submit. You should be prepared with ALL answers and supporting documentation in advance of beginning the online application. All long form answers have a 1000 word limit.

    It is highly recommended that you have your answers crafted in a separate document to easily cut and paste into each section.

    Questions about your organization:

    1. Please provide a brief description, purpose and goals of the project, and how it advances work in social justice, health equity or similar priorities in your organization/community.
    2. Background:  Please provide a summary of data that documents the current need.  Describe how this project addresses a priority need identified in Centura’s Community Health Implementation Strategies found under the link for each hospital, and/or the Social Justice Framework and how these needs align.
    3. Describe your collaborative network if you are working with multiple organizations in the grant submission. If this is not a multiple organization submission, explain how this engages with other organizations in a collaborative way to support the local community you are serving.
    4. What outcomes do you intend to achieve? What evidence-based or evidence-informed methods of measurement will be used?  


    Questions about your project:

    1. Provide statement of opportunity/purpose of the project
    2. Provide project description/summary of goals and objectives for initiative
    3. Provide quantitative/qualitative data that documents the identified need or opportunity
    4. Describe collaborative partners in the grant submission (if applicable).  Collaboration is encouraged, but not required. If this is not a multiple organization submission, explain how this engages with other organizations in a collaborative way to support the local community you are serving.
    5. What difference will you make in the lives of those served? (Include baseline information)
    6. How will this initiative address social determinants of health (if applicable)?
    7. Work Plan: List specific strategies/action steps and timeframes to achieve objectives. Please cite evidence-based or evidence-informed practices in your strategies and actions
    8. How will you monitor and measure project results? How will you know you are making a difference in the lives of individuals and in the health of the community?  How does it advance efforts in social justice and/or health equity? How does it directly serve diverse populations and/or underserved communities? Please cite evidence-based or evidence-informed evaluation measures you will use.
      1. Output measures – products of activities (e.g., number of meals provided, classes taught, brochures distributed). Please include expected number of people served.
      2. Outcome measures – measurable results that demonstrate benefits/expected changes for people served during or after project: Evidence-based or evidence informed outcome measures must be included.
    9. Roles & Responsibilities: Please provide bios of staff involved in the project (1-2 sentences.) Funds should be used for initiatives in the community with less emphasis on staffing; full-time equivalents (FTE) cannot exceed a quarter of the budget unless justified in the proposal details
    10. Describe the diversity of your board, leadership team, employees and the community addressed in this proposal


    Questions related to costs and financials:

    1. What is the amount requested from Centura Health?
    2. What is the total cost of the initiative?
    3. Please list other funding sources for this initiative to which you have applied, and amounts awarded from grants, contracts, etc.  If you are waiting to hear from other sources, please list them and indicate that they are pending. 
    4. How will your organization support this initiative?
    5. Please describe plans for project sustainability beyond the funding period.  How will the initiative be funded and sustained in the future?
    6. List expected in-kind services (rent, administrative support services, existing staff member time, supplies, etc.)
    7. What will happen if this initiative is not funded by Centura Health?


    Supporting Documentation

    Please have these documents complete and ready to upload as individual files prior to beginning the online application.

    • Proof of Organization Eligibility – IRS W-9 form, proof of 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status or status as an educational institution
    • Budget and Budget Narrative – You must use Centura's file which you can download here. (When link opens, icon at top right will trigger the editable Excel file download.)
    • Statement of Present Responsibility – A statement certifying that your organization and staff are presently responsible and not excluded from participating in any governmentally funded healthcare program including Medicare and Medicaid. The statement should be signed and dated by an authorized representative of your organization.
    • Fiscal Agent Letter (if applicable) – For community organizations using a nonprofit 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor, as fiscal agent can be used. If a non-profit organization cannot accept Federal funds directly, a letter must be included in the application stating that in the event the application results in an award, the award funds must be administered through a fiscal agent organization on their behalf. This agent must be identified in the letter from the applicant and the letter must be countersigned by an authorized representative of the fiscal agent organization. The letter must include the fiscal agent’s point of contact, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.

    Printable Question & Documentation List

    Questions? If you have questions or issues filling out the online form or need assistance, we are here to help. For smaller organizations with limited technology support, we can work with you on alternate ways to submit. Please contact our grants administrator at healthequityfund@centura.org with questions.

Proceed to Grant Application

After you have read all "Grant Application Question List & Required Documentation" details above and are prepared with answers and supporting documentation, you can proceed to the online application.