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Accelerator Program

Accelerator Applications open January 16, 2018. You can apply here. Contact your local advisor to discuss the program to begin planning your project!

As part of the WorkWell Collaborative through Eagle County Public Health and the Valley Well-Workplace Partnership through Garfield County Public Health, grant programs awarded by the state health department, Health Links will award employers up to $1,000 to be spent on capital workplace improvements for identified health promotion and safety priorities. For questions about the Accelerator Program, contact Kaylee Rivera at 303-724-8562.  

Eligibility

Qualified employers should consist of at least two or more employees, be a current Health Links Recognized Healthy Business, and be operating in Colorado’s Economic Development Region 12 (Eagle, Summit, Jackson, Pitkin, Garfield and Grand Counties). Qualified organizations include for-profit businesses, nonprofits, and public-sector organizations. If your organization is not currently recognized but would like to be and become eligible for this award please visit www.healthlinkscertified.org/getgoing   

Funding Area

Capital investment to improve and enhance workplace health and/or safety; 

Funds can be used to purchase workplace enhancements that support the following areas: workplace safety, tobacco control, physical activity, healthy eating, chronic disease prevention, family-friendly workplaces, stress management, or other approved focus area.
Examples of items include, but are not limited to: signage for a tobacco-free zone, equipment for safer working conditions, equipment for breastfeeding rooms, break room refrigerator for fresh food storage, water filling stations, exercise equipment, bicycle racks, sit stand stations, and facility improvements (e.g., better and/or safer walking paths, etc.).

Examples of items that are NOT considered capital improvements include: FitBits or other activity trackers, gym memberships for employees, prizes/gifts or other incentives, snack/food delivery programs, etc. If you are unsure about your proposal idea, please contact Health Links for clarification and guidance.

Timeline

January 16 Applications open online
March 7 Application closes
March 8 Committee reviews applications
March 14-30 Awardees receive their advising session and finalize action plan
April 27 Organizations makes project purchases/implement changes; invoice to Health Links due
May 4                       Health Links reimburses organizations for eligible expenses
June 1 Deadline to deposit reimbursement checks
September 3 Health Links sends impact report sheet to awardees
September 28 Deadline to send Health Links completed impact report worksheet 

Important Note About Purchases

If ANY purchasing changes need to be made to the original application, businesses are to contact Health Links and request approval. Any purchases made that are not included in the original application and are not approved by Health Links as suitable substitutions will NOT be reimbursed. Please consult with your Advisor or the Health Links team if substitutions are to be made for originally outlined purchases.