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 2020 grants totaling $4.2 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.

For more information about any of these community funds or our community foundation, please contact Kristin Lynch through our contact form, or call our office at (970) 243-3767.

Grants by Area - 2019

Local Community Funds​

Click on the tabs below to learn more about Local Community Funds. Donors of our Local Community Funds share a connection to the place they live and a commitment to make their community better. These areas do not have a community-wide funding vehicle like a United Way. The Western Colorado Community Foundation has partnered with West Elk Community Fund, Ouray County Community Fund, Surface Creek Community Fund, and San Juan County Community Fund to create such a vehicle. Each fund is also a permanent charitable endowment that distributes its earnings each year into the community and will continue for generations to come.

Ouray County Community Fund (OCCF)

Ouray County nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding to the Ouray County Community Fund, managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF).  Eligible organizations must serve Ouray County and be a 501c3 or other charitable entity (school, church, government).

Citizens state bank is a proud funding partner of OCCF. Thanks to generous donors, OCCF was able to distribute $50,600 in funding to 23 different organizations in 2021

Applications for funding are now closed in and will open in September 2022. 

Learn more about Ouray County Community Foundation here.



Surface Creek Community Fund (SCCF)

SCCF benefits the people of Austin, Cedaredge, Cory, Eckert, and Orchard City. Thanks to generous donors, SCCF was able to distribute $17,250 in funding to nine different organizations in 2021.

Applications for funding are now closed in and will open in September 2022. 

To learn more about Surface Creek Community Fund, click here.

San Juan Community Fund (SJCCF)

San Juan County nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply to the San Juan County Community Fund for the 2021 grant cycle, now open.  Western Colorado Community Foundation and Citizens State Bank partner to support this local community fund.

Thanks to generous donors, and funding partner Citizens State Bank, in 2021 SJCCF granted $12,000 to (4) nonprofit organizations 

Applications for funding are now closed in and will open in September 2022. 


Two Rivers Unrestricted Endowment Fund (T.R.U.E)

Charitable investment account to benefit the people of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and New Castle communities.

Thanks to generous donors, the T.R.U.E grants fund was able to distribute $15,000 in funding to 10 different organizations in 2021.

2021 applications are now closed.

Click here to download the T.R.U.E brochure or visit their website to learn more.

West Elk Community Fund (WECF)

Launched in 2018. Thanks to generous donors, WECF was able to distribute $20,000 in funding to 11 different organizations in 2021.

Nonprofits serving Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford and the surrounding communities are encouraged to apply to the West Elk Community Fund (WECF), a local community fund, managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF).  Nonprofits must be a 501c3 or other qualified charitable entity and serving the North Fork Valley.  The local West Elk Community Fund committee is prioritizing applications to fund projects that support and strengthen the community and leave a positive impact for future generations.

Applications for funding are now closed and will open again in September 2022. 

Click here to learn more about West Elk Community Fund.

WECF - Logo - West Elk Community Fund

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


  • West Elk Community Fund granted $25,640 to 12 nonprofit organizations.
  • Surface Creek Community Fund granted $10,500 to 8 nonprofit organizations.
Eagle County

Eagle Valley Community Foundation In 2020 granted $11,500 to (7) organizations

  • 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 - Grant Funding Available

Mesa County

MCSG Committee - 2019

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

  • Bray Cares Foundation; established in 2019 to provide support for housing related needs
  • Brownson Memorial Fund; addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County


Bray Cares Foundation Logo Brownson Memorial Fund Logo



Montrose County

In 2020, Montrose community foundation made grants totaling $256,000 to 18 organizations.

  • All Points Transit
  • Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club
  • CASA of the 7th Judicial District
  • Center for Mental Health
  • Colorado Airlift Outreach
  • Community Options Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County
  • Haven House of Montrose
  • Hispanic Affairs Project
  • Horsefly Volunteer Fire Protection
  • Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center
  • Montrose County School District RE-1J
  • Northside Elementary School
  • Partners of Delta, Montrose & Ouray
  • PEER Kindness
  • Sharing Ministries, Inc.
  • The PIC Place (Partners in Integrated Care)
  • Valley Symphony Association
Ouray County

In 2020, the Ouray County Community Fund made grants totaling $41,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations.

Click the video icon to view a showcase of 2020’s grantees.


Rio Blanco County

In 2020, Rio Blanco community foundation made grants totaling $48,500 to 3 organizations.

Grants Totaling $48,500 Made to:

Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation
Rangley Community Resource Pantry

San Juan County

In 2020, the San Juan County Community Fund made grants totaling $13,000 to 6 nonprofit organizations.

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

Silverton School District Student Film

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