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A.V. Hunter Trust

The A.V. Hunter Trust was established in 1924 as the first private foundation in Colorado. The Trust was founded with the estate of Absalom Valentine Hunter, who accumulated his wealth by founding the first bank in Oro City, Colorado (presently known as Leadville), serving as the president of the First National Bank, and investing. The mission of the Trust is to support those in need and improve the lives of Coloradans.

Regions: The A.V. Hunter Trust serves all areas of Colorado, including rural and non-rural areas.

Issues Supported: The Trust supports a range of projects supporting well-being and quality of life. Issue areas addressed include education, mental health care, residential care, and youth development.

Grant Process and Application: Grant application deadlines vary. Submitting a letter of inquiry is the first step in the grant application process. To find out more information, visit the Trust’s website or contact the Trust by phone at 303-399-5450 or by email at news@avhuntertrust.org.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2021, the Trust provided grants in the amount of $2.4 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Haven House of Montrose, Inc, is located in Montrose, Colorado, in rural Montrose County. The Haven House serves homeless populations, families, and individuals struggling with substance abuse to support recovery and self-sufficiency.

Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation is based in Denver, Colorado and was established in 1995 as the HealthONE Alliance, when the nonprofit hospital system HealthONE created a partnership with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Assets grew significantly when the partnership was dissolved, and HCA became the sole owner. The Foundation supports programs that improve the health of Colorado’s communities.

Regions: The Colorado Health Foundation serves all areas of Colorado, including both rural and non-rural counties. Examples of rural counties served include Alamosa, Garfield, Huerfano, Phillips, Routt, and San Miguel.

Issues Supported: The Colorado Health Foundation supports initiatives that address all aspects of health, including physical health, mental health, community health, and health equity. Examples of focus areas include access to primary care, increasing physical activity, childhood development, food access, and affordable housing.

Grant Process and Application: The Colorado Health Foundation has a recent funding opportunity aimed at supporting Colorado residents in recovery. Grants through this funding program support access to non-clinical services for individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. Grant application deadlines usually fall in February and June on a yearly basis. Find out more information about the grant application process by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $95 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Crossroads Turning Points is a grantee located in partially rural Pueblo County, Colorado. Crossroads provides a variety of services for individuals struggling with addiction, including treatment options and sober living opportunities.

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado was founded in 1975 by local citizens and the Fort Collins Mayor Karl Carson. The Foundation’s mission is to unify and inspire the communities of the area.

Regions: The Foundation serves the communities of Northern Colorado, including both rural and non-rural counties. Examples of rural counties served include Gunnison, Logan, and Pitkin. Regional committees are located throughout the area, and communities of focus include Berthoud, Eastern Colorado, Estes Valley, Fort Collins, and Loveland.

Issues Supported: Issue areas receiving the most grant dollars include health, human services, education, and public affairs.

Grant Process and Application: The Foundation has several Community Fund Committees whose grant programs have July deadlines, while the Fort Collins and Loveland Community Fund Committees have rolling grant cycles. The Foundation encourages you to connect with the Philanthropic Services team to determine if your group and project match with the Foundation’s mission. Find out more information regarding grant applications by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado provided grants in the amount of $9.9 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Harmony Foundation is a grantee located in Estes Park, in partially rural Larimer County. The Harmony Foundation provides treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. The ReCommitment to Recovery program is a specific program for individuals who have relapsed and are seeking sobriety. Program participants live on the Harmony campus and have access to services including relapse prevention services, peer support, and case management support.

El Pomar Foundation

The El Pomar Foundation was established by Spencer Penrose, a businessman in mining and real estate, and Julie McMillan, a founder of Broadmoor Art Academy and Central City Opera. The

couple established El Pomar Foundation in 1937 to support the well-being and future of all Colorado residents. The Foundation is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Regions: The Foundation serves all areas of Colorado, including both rural and non-rural counties. Examples of rural counties served include Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, and Eagle.

Issues Supported: El Pomar Foundation’s funding interests are broad. Arts and culture, education, sports and recreation, and human services are a few key funding areas. Other specific areas of interest include addiction services, nutrition, and natural resources.

Grant Process and Application: El Pomar Foundation uses an online grant application portal and has several deadlines each year. Find out more about the grantmaking process by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2020, El Pomar Foundation provided grants in the amount of $17.5 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Step, located in Denver, is a recovery center that provides services to men struggling with substance abuse. Step provides sober living homes designed for men who have completed the previous stages of treatment. The sober living home is designed to provide a safe, structured environment while facilitating reintegration into society.

Colorado Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Colorado

  • $385 million

Fund Distribution

  • 10% will be allocated to the state
  • 10% will go towards statewide projects for opioid abatement
  • 20% will go to local governments
  • 60% will go to regions of Colorado
  • The Opioid Crisis Recovery Fund Committee and regional governing boards will oversee spending

Timeline

  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • The bulk of settlement funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid during the first 3 years
  • $1.71 million expected in the fourth quarter of 2022

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • •Office of the Attorney General Phil Weiser, 720-508-6000
  • •Heidi Williams, Director of Opioid Response, Office of the Attorney General, opioids@coag.gov

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

This web page is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $13.7 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources.

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