Our Grantmaking


Grants are one of the primary means by which the Western Colorado Community Foundation (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 2016, WCCF awarded over $1.8 million in grants across our region.  Most grant awards (97%) are donor-directed, and nonprofit organizations cannot apply for grants from donor-directed funds.

WCCF also accepts donations to and makes grants from our unrestricted Community Grants Fund. We also have three small funds that nonprofit organizations can apply to directly: the Brownson Memorial Fund, Mesa County Small Grants Fund and the Western Colorado Health Fund.

Please share information on your nonprofit with our grants department by submitting an Organizational Summary, found under the Western Colorado Community Fund tab.

20th ANNIVERSARY FUND - IMPACT GRANTS

Impact Grant Information and Application Process

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) is pleased to announce a special one-time grant opportunity in celebration of our 20th Anniversary.  The 20th Anniversary Fund is made possible through the generosity of a challenge grant of $50,000 from the Boettcher Foundation which WCCF plans to match with gifts from donors and community members throughout our region.

Goal: The goal of the 20th Anniversary Fund grants is to help make something new happen that will improve our communities.  WCCF plans to make available five $20,000 Impact Grants across our region.

Criteria:  Organizations must be a qualified 501 (c) (3), registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and providing services within WCCF’s seven county region.

Primary

Grant requests must address a clear, documented unmet need

Grants will support an innovative solution to address that need

Grants will support projects that involve collaborations across several partner organizations

Additional 

Preference will be given to support direct programs over capital projects and/or expansions

Grants will go to organizations with solid leadership and capacity to implement a new program

Grants will not support existing programs or on-going operational expenses

Programs should have the capacity to be implemented within 3-6 months

Grants are meant to “seed” projects that have the capacity to go beyond pilot and be financially sustainable

Process:

A brief letter of interest (LOI) addressing the primary criteria above should be submitted via WCCF’s website wc-cf.org or emailed to tgillespie@wc-cf.org by June 30, 2017. (Note: emailed submissions must follow the on-line submissions form’s format).

Proposals will be reviewed and those meeting criteria and guidelines will be invited to present further information (by providing additional detail on goals, budgets, partners, etc.) The 20th Anniversary Fund Committee will review selected proposals for final determination in late summer/early fall 2017.

Post Grant: Organizations receiving Impact Grants will submit a final report to include a detailed program evaluation, photos and video clips, and will be invited to make a presentation to the WCCF Board of Directors.

For more information, visit wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking or call Tedi Gillespie, Director of Grants and Community Outreach at 970.243.3767, tgillespie@wc-cf.org.

Submit a 20th Anniversary Fund LOI
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 $270,000 to organizations addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County. Deadline is June 30th, annually.

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WESTERN COLORADO COMMUNITY FUND

The Western Colorado Community Grants Fund is designed to respond to unmet needs as they arise in our communities, help local nonprofit organizations leverage matching grants and fund new projects that benefit the entire community.

WCCF began awarding its first community grants in 2005 from a donation made by the Boettcher Foundation. Community grants totaled $27,260 that first year, distributed to a variety of nonprofits across our seven counties. In 2014, we awarded $50,000 in community grants.

A major long-term goal for our Community Foundation is to increase the availability of discretionary funds (Community Grants Fund and Field-of-Interest Funds) to better and more fully meet needs in the communities we serve. To learn more about ways to donate to the Community Grants Fund, CLICK HERE

Community grant recommendations are developed each year by the board’s Community Grants Committee. The committee’s recommendations are reviewed and approved by the full board of directors at their November quarterly meeting. At this time, there is no application process for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals to the WCCF Community Grants Fund. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit an Organizational Summary as an informal means to share information on mission, goals and projects with WCCF staff. Appropriate projects may be forwarded to the Community Grants Committee for consideration. Additionally, WCCF staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting your organization or project.

Submit an Organizational Summary

 

 

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 September 15th.

Click Here to Submit an Application
OURAY COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND
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 September 15.

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Grant Guidelines


 

 

Grant FAQ’s


How do I apply for a grant?
Complete the applications by the required deadline for the three funds that have an application process.

What is the application deadline?
The deadline differs for the three funds that have an application process. Check our Grants Section above to verify deadlines.

What size grant should we request?
Grant requests for the three funds that have an application process, Brownson Memorial Fund, Mesa County Small Grants and Western Colorado Health Fund, typically range from $250 to $1500. Please refer to the description and purpose for each fund for more detail.

How can I apply for a Community Grant
Community grant recommendations are developed each year by WCCF’s Community Grants Committee. The committee’s recommendations are reviewed and approved by the full board of directors at their November quarterly meeting. At this time, there is no application process for nonprofit organizations to submit proposals to the Community Grants Fund.

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit an Organizational Summary as an informal means to share information on mission, goals and projects with WCCF staff. Appropriate projects may be forwarded to the Community Grants Committee for consideration. Additionally, WCCF staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting your organization or project.

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 submit an Organizational Summary as an informal means to share information on mission, goals and projects with WCCF staff. WCCF staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting your organization or project.