Grant Applicants

All nonprofit organizations who plan to apply for a grant, or would like to share information on their organization, must register in our new Online Grants Center.  All users, including former grantees, those who have submitted an organizational summary in the past, and new applicants will need to create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  For a quick overview or our new Online Grant Center click here, then register to access our applications.

Grand River Meal On Wheels

Community Food Bank

Colorado Canyons Association

MarillacHealth

Girl Scouts of Delta County

Grand Junction Senior Theater

The Nature Connection

Our Grantmaking


Since 1996, the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital western Colorado communities.  Through our grantmaking, WCCF invests in and improves the quality of life in the seven counties we serve.  WCCF distributes grants from dozens of donor-directed funds in accordance with our donors’ wishes. In 2018, WCCF awarded $2.7 million in grants across our region.  Most grant awards (96%) are donor-directed, and nonprofit organizations cannot apply for grants from donor-directed funds.  Nonprofit organizations can register through our online grants system to access the grant opportunities below.  Nonprofits are encouraged to register and fill out the WCCF Request for Funding (RFF) as an informal means to share information on their organization’s mission with WCCF, as staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting specific areas of service.

Get a quick overview at our new Online Grant Center, then register to access our applications.

Note: All nonprofit organizations should plan to register in our new Online Grants Center, including those that have filled out an Organizational Summary in the past.  All users, including former grantees, those who have submitted an organizational summary in the past, and new applicants must create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  Once a new account is created, you will be able to access the system at any time with your log in. In our new system, nonprofits will be able to update their organization’s information, submit funding requests for grant staff review, apply for a grant (if applicable), and submit reports directly.  Please contact Tedi Gillespie with any questions.

Note: Organizational Summaries submitted in the former system can not be updated in the new system.  Nonprofits should plan to register in the new system and will have an opportunity to apply for funding where they are eligible (Geographic/Local Community Funds, Brownson Memorial Fund or the Western Colorado Health Fund, and/or submit a Request for Funding (RFF) – see details under the WCCF Request for Funding below.

WCCF REQUEST FOR FUNDING

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) offers nonprofit organizations an open Request for Funding (RFF) opportunity as a means to share information with our grants team about funding needs.  This is not an application process and there is no guarantee of funding, since the majority of our grant making is donor-advised/donor directed.  The RFF is an opportunity for organizations to fill out a brief summary of funding needs (general operating, project/program or capital campaign) so that the grant team can determine if there is a good fit with one of our donor-advised or field of interest funds.  In some cases (requests under $5,000) the RFF will be enough for our team to make a determination, in the event there is a funding opportunity.  Other RFF’s may be asked to submit a more detailed application to further determine whether funding is available.   The RFF is available to organizations that operate within the seven counties we serve (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco).

Eligible organizations must be a qualified 501(c)(3), public school or tax-exempt public service agency providing services within WCCF’s seven county region.  Organizations should also be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing.

Questions should be directed to Tedi Gillespie, Director of Grants and Community Outreach at tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

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BRAY CARES FOUNDATION

Resources for Housing Related Needs in Mesa County

This site is under construction.  Please check back after May 1, 2019.

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BROWNSON MEMORIAL FUND

Resources for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Formerly the Bridge House, the Brownson Memorial Fund affiliated with WCCF in 2004, becoming WCCF’s first field of interest fund.  Since 1985, the Brownson Memorial Fund has granted over $350,000 to organizations addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County. Deadline is June 30th, annually.

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COMMUNITY GRANTS 2019

THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. PLEASE CHECK BACK AFTER MAY 2019 FOR THIS GRANT OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN.

 

 

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MESA COUNTY SMALL GRANTS FUND

Small Grants that Make a Difference

The community leaders who established this fund are fond of quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, “Energy can be generated for the solution of all kinds of problems by having a small amount of money in the right place.”  Mesa County Small Grants are available for Mesa County projects where a modest amount of dollars ($200 to $500) in the right places will make a difference. Deadline is October 1, 2018.

Note: WCCF is transitioning to an on-line grants management system for all application processes, starting June 1, 2018.  Thank you for your patience while this transition is in process.  Please check back after June 15th, on the specific tabs below, for more information, timeline and detailed instructions on how to apply.

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OURAY COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

The Ouray County Community Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders in Ouray County in order to build resources to help local nonprofits through annual grant distributions.  The OCCF grant application process will open July 15th, 2018 and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2018.  All applicants will be required to register in the system in order to have access to the application.  All applicants, including new, former, and those that have an organizational summary on file, will need to create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  Once you have created an account, this application will be available on your dashboard, starting July 15.  For questions or or problems with submitting an application, email tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

For a list of OCCF grants for the current year, click here.

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SAN JUAN COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

The San Juan County Community Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders in San Juan County, in order to build resources to help local nonprofits through annual grant distributions.  The SJCCF grant application process will open July 15th, 2018 and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2018 All applicants will be required to register in the system in order to have access to the application.  All applicants, including new, former, and those that have an organizational summary on file, will need to create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  Once you have created an account, this application will be available on your dashboard, starting July 15.  For questions or or problems with submitting an application, email tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

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T.R.U.E. GRANTS FUND

The  Two Rivers Unrestricted Endowment (T.R.U.E)  Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders in Garfield County in order to build resources to help local nonprofits through annual grant distributions. Non-profit organizations providing services to people from the communities throughout Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, New Castle and surrounding communities are eligible to apply.

The T.R.U.E. grant application process will open July 15th, 2018 and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2018.  All applicants will be required to register in the system in order to have access to the application.  All applicants, including new, former, and those that have an organizational summary on file, will need to create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  Once you have created an account, this application will be available on your dashboard, starting July 15.  For questions or or problems with submitting an application, email tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

Note: WCCF is transitioning to an on-line grants management system for all application processes, starting June 1, 2018.  Thank you for your patience while this transition is in process.  Please check back after June 15th, on the specific tabs below, for more information, timeline and detailed instructions on how to apply.

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WESTERN COLORADO HEALTH FUND

 Improving Access to Health Care

The Western Colorado Health Fund offers funding for clinics, hospitals and other organizations to address issues of access to health care and to improve health care delivery in smaller, rural communities in our region.  Tax-exempt organizations with programs to improve resident health through innovative or creative staffing arrangements, new technologies or other program, system or infrastructure investments are invited to submit an application.  Preference will be given to programs serving less populated communities. Deadline is October 1, 2018.

Note: WCCF is transitioning to an on-line grants management system for all application processes, starting June 1, 2018.  Thank you for your patience while this transition is in process.  Please check back after June 15th, on the specific tabs below, for more information, timeline and detailed instructions on how to apply.

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WEST ELK COMMUNITY FUND

The West Elk Community Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders in the West Elk region (Crawford, Hotchkiss, Paonia), in order to build resources to help local nonprofits through annual grant distributions.  The WECF grant application process will open July 15th, 2018 and the deadline to apply is September 15, 2018.  All applicants will be required to register in the system in order to have access to the application.  All applicants, including new, former, and those that have an organizational summary on file, will need to create a new account when accessing the system for the first time.  Once you have created an account, this application will be available on your dashboard, starting July 15.  For questions or or problems with submitting an application, email tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

Note: WCCF is transitioning to an on-line grants management system for all application processes, starting June 1, 2018.  Thank you for your patience while this transition is in process.  Please check back after June 30th, for more information, timeline and detailed instructions on how to apply.

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Grant Guidelines


  • Applicants must register an account in our Online Grant Center in order to access an application or a request for funding (RFF – first step in Invitation Only grant funding).
  • Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organization with a current IRS Tax Exempt status. No grants will be made to individuals. www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Charitable-Organizations.  See more information and guidelines for grants to churches, schools and other charitable, tax-exempt organizations.
  • Organizations should be registered with the State of Colorado and be in full compliance with Colorado’s Charitable Solicitations Law. https://www.sos.state.co.us/.
  • Organizations must serve within the seven counties in our region.
  • See more information and guidelines.

Grant FAQ’s


How do I apply for a grant?

In order to apply for any of the grant opportunities listed on this page, you must first register in our Online Grant Center.  Once you register, you can log in to your profile to complete an application by the required deadline for that process.

 

How do I register my organization in the Online Grant System?
Please review the  information in at Online Grant Center before registering as a user.  Once you have reviewed the process, you may register a new user account.  The system is very user friendly and will walk you through everything you need to know,  but you can access these tutorials to understand the process before creating an account.

 

What is the application deadline?
Each grant opportunity has its own application deadline.  Be sure to check under each individual opportunity for the correct deadline.

 

What size grant should we request?

Each grant opportunity has its own funding range. Please refer to the description and purpose of the grant opportunity for more detail.

 

 

Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?
There is no application process for donor-advised funds. Donors that have established donor advised funds make grants to nonprofit organizations based on their own areas of interest. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register their organization through our Online Grant Center as an informal means to share information with WCCF staff. WCCF staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting your organization or project.