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 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.

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COMMUNITY GRANTS

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.

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OURAY COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

Grants for Nonprofit Organizations Serving Ouray County

The Ouray County Community Fund was established in 2016 by community leaders who care about the place they call home and want to support the nonprofits who serve their community.  The Ouray County Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund that will benefit the citizens of Ouray County, for good, forever.  Nonprofit organizations serving Ouray County are invited to apply annually for grant assistance to support their mission.  Grants are for general support or special projects, no capital campaign or grants to individuals will be considered.  Grant awards generally range in size from $1,000 to $2,500. Deadline to apply is September 15th.

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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 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.

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