Nursing Home Innovations Grant Board

The Nursing Home Innovations Grant Board (NHIGB) makes recommendations for the approval of grants, funded by Civil Money Penalty funds that benefit residents of nursing facilities for at least one year and not more than a three-year cycle.

COVID-19 Grant Opportunity

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance for Nursing Home Visitation. Recognizing that considerations allowing for visitation in each phase of re-opening may be difficult for residents and their families, CMS has developed this application template for requests for the use of Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Reinvestment funds to provide nursing homes with in-person visitation aids.

COVID-19 In-person Visitation Aid Request Resources

Traditional Grant Opportunity

Apply for a grant (grant closed - no longer accepting applications).

A complete application includes:
Application
Deliverables Worksheet
Applications are no longer being accepted. 

All applications must be fully complete, meet all criteria and included all required attachments in order to be considered.

Criteria

Measures should benefit residents of nursing facilities by fostering innovation and improving the quality of life and care at the facilities.  This could include the following:

  • Consumer education to promote resident-centered care in nursing facilities.
  • Initiatives in nursing facilities related to the quality measures promoted by the federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid services and other national quality standards.
  • Education and consultation for purposes of identifying and implementing resident-centered care initiatives in nursing facilities.
  • Each project must be portable, sustainable, and replicable in other nursing facilities. This includes requiring powerpoint presentations, handouts, and other materials developed for the project to become public information.
  • The project must include a plan for measuring results in quantifiable terms. 
  • The project must be completed in no more than three years.
  • No state agency nor any other governmental entity, with the exception of a facility that is owned or operated by a governmental agency and that is licensed as a nursing care facility under section 25-1.5-103(1)(a)(I)(A), may apply for or receive a grant hereunder.
  • Any work product from a grant-funded through the nursing home penalty cash fund will become the intellectual property of the state of Colorado and will be made available without charge to all nursing homes in the state.
  • In accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance, projects for capital improvements; to pay for items or services that the facility is already responsible for (required services and supplies); or to fund projects that are unrelated to improving the quality of life of nursing home residents will not be considered.
  • A public presentation must be provided at the end of the grant project per the direction of the Board.

Colorado Legislature, in Senate Bill SB14-151, has directed this Board to identify projects yearly that will be recommended for funding to benefit the residents of Colorado nursing facilities.  The amount available for distribution will be 25% of the moneys deposited into the fund in the previous fiscal year, up to $250,000. 

Resources

Application Resource Guide
Examples of Non-Allowable Uses
Project Spotlight
Completed Grant Projects
Meeting minutes and handouts, board membership, reports (HCPF)