KPCO closed requests for proposals

The following are previously released requests for proposals (RFP). The application period for these RFPs is closed and the community work is underway.


    1. The Neighborhood Active Living, Phase 2 planning grant, was designed to increase access to safe and accessible routes to prioritized destinations within a neighborhood. We plan to invest up to $1,100,000 over three years to increase the number of individuals who walk, bike, or wheelchair roll for transportation. The concept of neighborhood includes both geographic (place-oriented) and social (people-oriented) components.
    2. The Specialty Care RFP focused on increasing/improving access to specialty care, particularly for adults 18 years of age and older, who receive Medicaid assistance and/or are low-income uninsured (including undocumented individuals). We plan to invest up to $1,000,000 over three years, for up to four organizations.Specialty care refers to medical care, provided by a clinician with advanced training and specialized clinical expertise in such specialty areas as cardiology, dermatology, and rheumatology. Specialty care does not include urgent and trauma care, family practice, or internal medicine. Up to four grantees will work together as a cohort to identify and implement ways to increase connectivity and scalability of specialty care programs across organizations, service areas, and systems. Read the frequently asked questions about this RFP.
    3. The Specialty Care Cohort Convener RFP was designed to contract with vendors to assist the grantees that will be awarded the Specialty Care grantfunding mentioned above. A Request for Qualifications was issued to solicit applications from qualified individuals and/or organizations for contractual services to regularly convene the cohort of grantees, facilitate collaboration, and evaluate the cohort's progress. The scope of work for this contract will be agreed upon and finalized with the selected individual or organization once the individual/organization is determined. Read the frequently asked questions about this RFP.
    4. The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities and Towns Campaign  RFP focused on healthy eating active living initiatives in Colorado cities and towns. We plan to invest up to $495,000 over three years to support one grantee to implement the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign in Colorado. The HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign provides training and technical assistance to help municipal officials adopt policies that improve access to healthy eating and active living in their communities.The goal of this grantfunding is to increase the affect of the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign in Colorado. Over the three year grant period, the successful grantee will collaborate with the current HEAL cities and towns partner, identified as the Colorado Municipal League, to provide technical assistance to cities and towns in Colorado.
    5. The General Operating Support RFP was designed to support nonprofit organizations with general operating support through an investment up to $1,250,000 over three years. General operating support provides grantees with predictable funding for a limited time to support the infrastructure of the organization; this funding allows for flexibility to explore additional sustainable funding, innovative opportunities, and advocacy and policy education initiatives. This RFP is divided into two groups.
    6. Group 1: applicants were co-founded by Kaiser Permanente Colorado; startup funding for these organizations was provided through a community benefit investment. These organizations received an invitation to apply for general operating funding.

      Group 2: applicants must primarily serve low-income communities of color and offer programs or services that strengthen financial literacy and yield positive results.

      We acknowledge that the terms ‘people of color,’ or ‘communities of color’ are not viewed by all as preferred terms. There is discussion in both academic and popular press that rejects and embraces these terms as the commonly used, acceptable terms for people of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds other than Caucasian. We note that in the majority of literature addressing health disparities, racial inequities, and issues of social injustice, the term ‘people of color’ is often used. For these reasons, the term ‘people of color’ and ‘communities of color’ were used in this request for proposals.


      1. The Neighborhood Active Living RFP was released in two phases. Phase 1 is a fifteen-month planning grant and Phase 2 is a two-year implementation grant.The RFP that closed is for phase 1, the planning period. Applicants for Phase 2 must have been selected as a grantee for Phase 1. We plan to invest up to $300,000 over 15 months to support up to four neighborhood-based organizations to achieve the following outcomes by the end of the three-year funding period:
        • Increased access to safe and accessible routes to prioritized destinations within a community
        • Increased number of individuals who walk, bike, or wheelchair roll for transportation
          1. The Sustainable Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Behaviors RFP is an investment up to $1,600,000 over two years to support LiveWell Colorado communities’ continued implementation of evidence-based or evidence-informed strategies that support HEAL. This funding opportunity was open to LiveWell Colorado communities in their fifth year of implementing HEAL community-level interventions. LiveWell Colorado community strategies will achieve the following goals:
            • Increase healthy eating (e.g., increase fresh fruit, vegetable and water consumption, decrease consumption of sugar sweetened beverages)
            • Increase physical activity in community settings (e.g., reduce television/computer screen time, increase walking to school/work, increase daily physical activity)
              1. The Decrease Food Insecurity RFP is an investment of $1,000,000 focused on decreasing food insecurity. The outcomes of this funding opportunity are:
                • Increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program
                • Increase enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
                    1. The Thriving Schools Initiative to Advance Social/Emotional Wellness and Behavioral Health in School Districts RFP is an investment of up to $1,500,000 in support of six school districts to focus on social/emotional wellness and behavioral health in school districts. This funding opportunity is expected to achieve the following outcomes by the end of the three-year funding period:
                      • Implement and improve policies and practices to create trauma-sensitive and culturally responsive classrooms and schools
                      • Increase participation in social/emotional wellness prevention programs
                      • Increase a sense of belonging/connectedness among students and their families, teachers, and staff
                      • Improve teacher and staff social/emotional wellness competencies through professional development opportunities
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