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 2014, almost 97% of our grants were donor-directed. 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.
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.
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
Arts & Culture Grants Application
Note for Arts and Culture Grant Applicants: 2016 Arts and Culture funding is intended as a one-time measure to fill a funding gap in resources to Art and Culture organizations in Mesa County, and should not be seen as a means of annual support. These grants will not fund: Capital campaigns; scholarships or prizes; fundraising expenses; reduction of previously incurred deficits and/or as an exclusive means of operational support. Please call Grants and Community Outreach Director Tedi Gillespie at 970.243.3767 with any questions or concerns.
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.Click Here to Submit an Application
- Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organizations with a current IRS Tax Exempt status. No grants will be made to individuals. www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Charitable-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/
- Grants are available for special projects and/or general operating support.
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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.
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