Impact: Local Community Funds

Since 1996, with the help of hundreds of generous donors, our Community Foundation has invested over $15 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 2018 grants totaling $2.7 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.


Delta County


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Eagle County


Kids Aid Gets a Permanent Home

Kids Aid Gets a Permanent Home

The Kids Aid backpack program that provides weekend food supplies to hungry children has been growing steadily for years. The organization currently serves 2,200 children a week and has maxed out what it can do in its current donated warehouse. The program has been...

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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.

Grants Totaling $2 Milllion Made to:

Alano of Grand Junction
American Red Cross/Western Colorado Chapter
Avalon Theatre Foundation
Birthright of Grand Junction
Boy Scouts of America – Western CO Council

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

CASA of Mesa County
Cats League and Assistance of the Western Slope
Child and Migrant Services
Clifton Christian Church
Colorado Canyons Association
Colorado Dept. of Military and Veteran’s Affairs
Colorado Discover Ability
Colorado Mesa University Foundation
Colorado National Monument Association
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association Inc.
Colorado Riverfront Foundation
Colorado State University Foundation
Colorado West Land Trust
Community Food Bank
Counseling and Education Center
Desert Edge Therapy
District 51 Foundation
Dream Big Adaptive Water Sports
Eureka! McConnell Science Museum
First Christian Church
First United Methodist Church
Fruita Monument High School
Girls on the Run of the Grand Valley
GJ MakerSpace
Graceland Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
Grand Junction Imagination Library
Grand Junction Rotary Club Foundation
Grand Junction Senior Theatre
Grand Junction Symphony Foundation
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center
Grand Valley Peace and Justice
Grand Valley Pets Alive
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County
Harmony Acres Equestrian Center
Hilltop Community Resources
Holy Family School
Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley
Hope of the Grand Valley
IHM Church
Juniper Ridge Community School
KAFM 88.1
Karis, Inc.
Kids Aid
Koinonia Church
League of Women Voters of Mesa County
Loma Cat House
Lutheran Church and School of the Messiah
Marillac Health
Mesa County Department of Human Services
Mesa County Partners
Mesa County Public Library Foundation
Mesa County Right to Life
Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team
Mesa County Valley School District 51
Messiah Choral Society
Mind Springs Health
Mind Springs Health – Desert Region
mindSpark Learning
National MS Society – Colorado Chapter
Operation Revamp Inc.
Palisade High School
Palisade High School Band Parents’ Organization
Redlands United Methodist Church
RiversEdge West
Riverside Educational Center
Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome
Rocky Mountain PBS
Poice-Hurst Humane Society
Salvation Army
Second Wind Fund
St. Mary’s Family Residency Program
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
The Joseph Center
The Museum of Western Colorado
Thrift Shop of Fruita – Lower Valley Imagination Library
Two Fishes Farm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley
United Way of Mesa County
Volunteers of America
West Middle School SBA
Western Colorado AIDS Project
Western Colorado Center for the Arts
Western Colorado Congress
Western Slope Center for Children

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