Building CORE Strength 

Providing updates about our work in conservation, outdoor recreation, and the environment here in western Colorado

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$100,000 in Grants to Protect and Enhance the Environment

These grants are part of our Community Foundation’s commitment to expand funding for conservation, outdoor recreation and the environment (CORE) issues.
Grants include:
Blue Star Recyclers – expand e-waste recycling in the Roaring Fork Valley
Citizens for Clean Air Grand Junction – ozone monitoring devices
Clean Energy Economy for the Region – renewable energy projects
Colorado Canyons Association – expand Nature Knowledge Days for 3rd graders
Eureka! McConnell Science Museum – youth leadership and stewardship initiative
Friends of Youth and Nature – Farm to School – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program
Grand Valley Audubon Society – wetlands improvement and education project
LIFT-UP – composting program
Mesa County Libraries Foundation – Discovery Garden bioswales
Mesa County Valley School District 51 – pilot project to reduce food waste
North Fork Friends of Montessori Foundation – solar panel for outdoor learning
North Fork Valley Community Rights – reusable bags to reduce plastic bag use
R-5 High School – develop youth leaders through aquaponics and agriculture projects
Solar Energy International – energy efficient equipment to reduce energy consumption and education
Valley Organic Growers Association – agriculture education and community outreach

Eureka! Environmental Institute Camps

Check out Eureka! Science Museum's Leadership Institute's Adventure Camps

Check out Eureka! Science Museum’s Environmental Institute for Leadership and Stewardship; one of the programs WCCF supported through our 2019 Community Grants for the Environment opportunity.


Conservation, Outdoor Recreation and the Environment – Our CORE Initiative

Many people live in western Colorado because of the beautiful landscapes and outdoor activities unique to our area. Local donors care about the environment and nonprofit organizations are working on a variety of projects in this sector. Historically, only 1% of our grant funding has been directed to support the environment, broadly-defined, but that is changing quickly. In 2021, 7% of our total grant funds supported environment projects.

Our Community Foundation is making a commitment to expand funding for the conservation, restoration, and enhancement of natural ecosystems important to the quality of life, health, and economy of our communities in western Colorado.

With the enthusiasm and financial support of a handful of founding donors who care about the environment, our Community Foundation is building an endowment fund to increase funding and distribute grants in support of conservation, outdoor recreation and environment projects.

The CORE Fund supports a wide span of projects as there are many issues to work on related to protecting and enhancing our environment and outdoor lifestyle. Like-minded donors who care about these issues and want to make grant investments are encouraged to join us.

Get in touch through our contact form to learn more.

Grants to Protect and Enhance the Environment

Grants to Protect and Enhance the Environment

$100,000 in Community Grant Funding Distributed Community Grants for the Environment was our board's designated theme for competitive grants this year. The focus of funding was to encourage recycling and reuse of materials, increase composting, decrease food waste,...

Community Grants for the Environment

Community Grants for the Environment

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) announces a new funding opportunity opening June 17, 2019. The Foundation directs its discretionary grant funds to address different needs each year. This year’s focus is the environment, in support of the Foundation’s...

Mouse through the picture gallery above to see some of the grantees of this initiative.