Community Initiated Grants

Application period closed

The 2021-2022 application period is closed. To learn more about future opportunities, contact Whitney Pennington.

As part of the HICAHS Outreach Program, funds are provided to organizations to augment their existing worker health and safety programs or create new ones. In addition to financial support, HICAHS can provide expertise to organizations on improving or evaluating their existing health and safety materials. All funded projects must focus on improving the health or safety of agricultural, forestry, or fishing workers. Priority is given to organizations/projects addressing this population in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and/or Wyoming.

Funded organizations often work closely with university personnel and stakeholders to implement a project of their choice. Successful projects utilize social marketing and are attentive to cultural considerations. Previously, funds have been used to develop video training materials, support professional training certifications, create print/digital campaign materials, and facilitate in-person training events. Applicants may request up to $20,000.

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2021-2022 Timeline

Request for Applications Released

Application materials:

Applications Due
Award Notification

Applications are scored according to the following criteria:

  • Compatibility to the HICAHS mission and grant program objectives;
  • Significance of the problem and demonstrated need for the project; and
  • Potential magnitude of regional and community impact.
Estimated Project Start Date
  • Funds will be made available once a subcontract has been finalized between the applicant organization and Colorado State University. This process may require additional time to complete due to audit and/or financial risk assessment requirements.
Budget End Date (2022)
  • Purchases made/expenses incurred after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.
Project Report Due (2022)
  • Although a formal interim report will not be required, HICAHS staff will be in touch with awardees on a quarterly basis to check-in on their progress.
  • A final written report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the budget period. Please use this final report template.
  • The organization must acknowledge support from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety in all publications and presentations resulting from the award, using CDC NIOSH U54OH008085.  Use of the HICAHS logo is encouraged, and logo files are available by emailing


John Rosecrance, PhD

Community-Initiated Grants Program Lead

Whitney Pennington
Whitney Pennington, MPH

Outreach Program Coordinator