Funding for nonprofits that provide substance use education, prevention, and treatment

September 2, 2021, Grand Junction, CO – The Brownson Memorial Fund, managed by Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF), announced the selection of their 2021 grant awards which will benefit nonprofits that provide substance use education, prevention, and treatment in Mesa County.

“This is a Field of Interest fund, established by one of our donors to provide resources and services for substance abuse in Mesa County, Colorado.” Tedi Gillespie, Grants and Community Outreach Director for Western Colorado Community Foundation, said. “With $31,000 in grants being awarded this year, the fund has distributed over $430,000 in grants since its inception in 1985, to organizations serving in Mesa County, and is the only local funding source directed solely towards this issue. We’re grateful for the generosity of our donor and all those that contribute to support this cause.”

The fund awarded grants to the following organizations for 2021:

  • Counseling and Education Center
  • Girls on the Run of the Grand Valley
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • HomewardBound of the Grand Valley
  • Karis, Inc.; Recovery Advocacy for Homeless Youth
  • Marillac Health
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Mind Springs Foundation
  • Peer 180 Recovery Community
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center

The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good.  Currently, the Community Foundation manages over 300 charitable funds totaling $100 million in assets and awards over $5 million in grants and scholarships annually.