Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Building & Bridging Power: Introducing The Colorado Trust’s New Advocacy Funding Strategy

Colorado has a rich history of organizing and movement building on a variety of issues, and The Colorado Trust believes there is a timely, urgent opportunity to provide resources to strengthen and grow organizing infrastructure towards equitable outcomes in rural and urban communities. Similarly, there are strong policy and advocacy networks in the state, as well as the opportunity to increase community-driven solutions at the local, regional and state levels, and support connections between rural communities and Denver metro-based or statewide policy organizations. The Trust also understands that the stories we tell ourselves and each other about why health inequities exist are deeply embedded in the historical and current context and lived experiences, and in turn can affect policy and advocacy efforts.

With all of this in mind, last month The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees approved a four-and-a-half-year, $14.5 million funding strategy titled “Building & Bridging Power to Advance Health Equity through Policy & Advocacy” (Building & Bridging Power). This new strategy will support the work of organizing people in communities, including people we work with through The Trust’s Community Partnerships strategy who are experiencing the most inequities and building policy infrastructure with and between grassroots and grasstops organizations in Colorado.

The Trust will announce a Building & Bridging Power request for applications in the coming months. This information will be provided via email, and also posted to our social media channels. For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Noelle Dorward, Colorado Trust advocacy and policy partner, at (303) 539-3134 or

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