Impact: Local Community Funds

Since 1996, with the help of hundreds of generous donors, our Community Foundation has invested nearly $20 million in grants and scholarships to improve our communities. The chart on the right shows what types of programs the grants went to support last year. Click here to see 2019 grants totaling $4.4 million

Since 2002, our Community Foundation has partnered with local steering committees within our seven-county region to create Local Community Funds (LCFs). These funds support nonprofits and programs in their areas. This “give where you live” philosophy has resonated for the community members there who value their homes and want to preserve and grow everything that makes their region the place they love to live. Check out the posts below to learn a little more about each of our LCFs (and a couple other community-focused funds).

Organizations seeking grant funding should check out our grantmaking page; there, you’ll learn more about opportunities which may suit your organizations needs. Alternatively, you can always fill out a request for funding to ensure that we have your organizations information on file in case a donor’s interests match your needs.

Grants by Area - 2019

Impact by County

Click on the tabs below to see our work in the counties that we serve. In some counties WCCF has one or several Local Community Funds that we help to grow and manage. In other counties we work with the established Community Foundation to collaborate and build on resources to support community needs. Please see our grantmaking page for opportunities to apply for grants through the different local community funds that we partner with.

Delta County

Launched in 2018, WECF is comprised of local donors and leaders who raise funds and direct grants annually to address community needs in Paonia, Hotchkiss, and Crawford.

Grants Totaling $110,000 Made to:

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A Kidz Clinic
A Little Help North Fork
All American Families dba Families Plus
All Points Transit
Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary
Blue Sage Center for the Arts
Cedaredge Community Gardens
Creamery Arts Center
Delta Christian Church
Delta County School District #50J
Delta Food Pantry
Delta United Methodist Church
Friends of the Nature Connection
Friends of the Paradise Theatre
Girl Scouts of Colorado Council
Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center
High Country News
Hotchkiss Bambino Baseball dba Hotchkiss Home Plate
Kids’ Pasta Project
KVNF Public Radio
Lamborn Foundation
Mountain Harvest Creative
Needlerock Family Health Outreach Clinic
North Fork Ambulance Association
North Fork Montessori @ Crawford
North Fork School of Integrated Studies
North Fork Valley Creative Coalition
Solar Energy International
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Surface Creek Community Services
Surface Creek Valley Historical Society
Technical College of the Rockies
The Learning Council
The Western Slope Conservation Center
Valley Organic Growers Association
Volunteers of America Senior Community Meals, Inc.
Young Life – Delta

Eagle County

Eagle Valley Community Foundation (EVCF) was founded in the summer of 2015 after recognizing the need for a convening resource for the region. EVCF supports the most vulnerable families under their umbrella.

Grants Totaling $11,500 Made to:

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame
Eagle Valley Land Trust
Gracious Savior Lutheran Church
Our Community Foundation
Ski & Snowboard Club – Vail
SOS Outreach
Ail Valley Salvation Army

Garfield County
Mt. Callahan Community Fund Logo

Established in 2002 by local community leaders, the Mt. Callahan Community Fund benefits the people in communities from Parachute to Battlement Mesa.

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Grants Totaling $130,000 Made to:

Advocate Safehouse Project
Alpine Legal Services
Carbondale Community School
Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities
Garfield County Department of Human Services
Garfield County Search and Rescue, Inc.
Garfield School District No. RE-2
Glenwood Springs High School
Grand River Hospital District/Meals on Wheels
Grand Valley Educational Foundation
Grand Valley Historical Society
Grand Valley Parks Association

Established in 2018, the Two Rivers Unrestricted Endowment Fund (T.R.U.E.) benefits the people in communities from Carbondale to New Castle.

Grand Valley Parks Association
Grand Valley/Parachute Kiwanis Club Foundation
High Country RSVP
KDNK Community Radio
Middle Colorado Watershed Council
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Project PACK (Provide a Crisis Kit)
Reach-Out Colorado
Rifle Animal Shelter
River Center of New Castle
Roaring Fork High School
Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund
Rocky Mountain Youth Medical and Nursing Consultants, Inc.
Schneegas Wildlife Foundation
Smiling Goat Ranch
Sopris Barracudas

Established for the support of communities from South Canyon to De Beque Canyon

Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley
The Buddy Program
Valley Senior Center
Valley View Hospital Foundation


Mesa County

Addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County since 1985.

MCSG Committee - 2019

Mesa County Small Grants Committee meets annually to review applications and distribute grant funding.

Established in 2019 to provide support for housing-related needs.

Montrose County

Grants Totaling $95,000 Made to:

Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club
CASA of the 7th Judicial District
Colorado Zone 4 Swimming/US Swimming Inc.
Common Ground Montrose – Kids Aid
Hispanic Affairs Program
Montrose County School District RE-1J
Montrose Memorial Hospital
Northside Elementary School
Sharing Ministries, Inc.

Ouray County

Grants Totaling $180,000 Made to:

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Established for the benefit of Ouray County

Fortuna Tierra Club
Friends of the Wright Opera House
Log Hill Mesa Fire Protection District
Mighty Miniature Horse Therapy Program
Mountain Air Music
Neighbor to Neighbor
Open Bard Poetry Series
Ouray Climbers Alliance
Ouray County Food Pantry
Ouray County Historical Society

Partnering with WCCF for the benefit of Ouray and San Juan Counties.

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Ouray County Ranch History Museum
Ouray Library District
Ouray Mountain Rescue Team
Ouray Mountain Trail Run
Ouray Trails Group
Ridgway Chautauqua Society, Inc.
Ridgway Railroad Museum

OCCF - Ridgway Spirit Fest Grant Presentation

The OCCF was pleased to present a grant to Ridgway Spirit Fest

Ridgway Spirit Fest, Inc.
Six Basins Project Inc.
Southwest Institute for Resilience
Top of the Pines, Inc.
Umcompahgre Watershed Partnership
UpSTART: Theater That Moves
Volunteers of America Senior Community Care
Voyager Youth Program
Weehawken Creative Arts

Rio Blanco County

Grants Totaling $10,500 Made to:

Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation
Meeker High School

San Juan County

Established in 2018 for the benefit of communities in San Juan County.

Grants Totaling $14,000 Made to:

Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies
Friends of the Silverton Public Library
Mountain Studies Institute
San Juan County Historical Society
Silverton and San Juan County Clinic
Silverton Family Learning Center
Silverton San Juan County Ambulance Association

Silverton School District Student Film

Click the thumbnail above to see a student film, supported by WCCF grant funding

Silverton School District 1
Silverton Youth Center
Weehawken Creative Arts