What We Fund

Investing in our community’s health through grantmaking and community education programs is at the root of our work. Funding approximately $49 million in grants from 2011-2020, we strategically invest in programs that prevent and respond to the underlying causes of poor health.  We focus on the social determinants of health, the conditions where people live, work, and play that impact their health. With 50,000 people served by our grants in 2020, we are engaged in work that will make it easier for our residents to achieve the quality health they deserve.

Strategic Priorities

As an organization, we prioritize funding programs that use innovative approaches to improve the health equity of our community and the health outcomes of our residents. The strategic priority areas established by our Board of Commissioners, and the Social Determinants of Health they overlap with) are:

Verdant Priority Area
Social Determinant of Health
Access to Healthcare (behavioral health, medical and dental)
Healthcare Access and Quality
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Childhood Obesity
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Food Security
Economic Stability
Supporting Seniors
Social and Community Context
Other Education and Prevention
Education Access and Quality

These descriptions provide context to Verdant’s area of interest within these priorities:

  • Access to Healthcare: Residents are able to access affordable, safe care when needed.
  • Housing: Residents are housed in safe, affordable housing
  • Food Security: Residents do not go hungry and have access to nutritious foods to support their health and needs.
  • Childhood Obesity: Youth and families in our community have access to information, education, services, and food to support healthy lifestyles.
  • Supporting Seniors: Older adults in our community age safely and respectfully in a healthy environment and with necessary social and medical supports.
  • Other Education & Prevention: Residents can access supportive services addressing the Social Determinants of Health broadly and/or emerging needs.

Our Decision-making Process

All applications received are considered for funding, with review and decision ultimately made by our voter-elected Board of Commissioners.

  1. Applications submitted for grants are evaluated using a scoring guide that reflects the following criteria:
    • Opportunity and Community Need
    • Community Impact and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Considerations
    • Desired Outcomes
    • Implementation
  2. Applications scored by staff members that meet a specific scoring threshold are then scored by the commissioners serving on the Board’s Program Committee using the same scoring guide. The Program Committee members meet with representatives from organizations requesting funds that we have not previously partnered with to get a better understanding of their organization and grant request.
  3. Funding recommendations from the Program Committee are shared with the full Board of Commissioners at its next regular monthly meeting for consideration and final decisions.
  4. Programs selected for funding will enter into a contract with Verdant, typically for up to 1 year with options to renew for up to 3 years based on demonstration of continuing community need and program success.
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father in baseball cap carries boy in Spiderman costume on his shoulders

Current Funding Opportunities

Verdant’s Multi-Year Health Program requests are open for applications quarterly throughout the year, and additional requests for proposals for specific needs identified by the Board of Commissioners will be issued as they arise. We also currently offer a COVID-19 Emergency Funding opportunity, with requests accepted on a rolling basis.

View our current funding opportunities

Fluxx Grants Management System

In late 2021, Verdant launched the use of its Grant Portal, which utilizes a web-based system called Fluxx. Through this portal, we:

  • Accept grant applications
  • Receive reports on the progress of our grants from funded partners
  • Track payments

This tool allows Verdant to track the impact of its grants while also streamlining the process for our community partners.

Helpful Resources

We have assembled resources to assist organizations in responding to our funding opportunities.

Verdant has created video tutorials to assist organizations in navigating the use of Fluxx, our Grant Portal. Visit our video library.

A full list of resources can be found on the Funding Opportunities page.

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Teen boy smiles at younger brother who is holding his hand and laughing

Sponsorship & Event Support Request

Verdant provides financial support for community health and wellness events. Please use this Event Support Request Form to have your event considered for funding.