Overdose deaths in Colorado one of the nation’s highest increases

June 10, 2022, Grand Junction, CO – The Brownson Memorial Fund is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that address substance use education, prevention, and treatment in Mesa County.  The application can be found at wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking and the deadline to apply is July 15, 2022.  Colorado continues to rank higher than the nation in overdose deaths, and Mesa County lost 39 individuals to drug intoxication with an additional 8 individuals who completed suicide through drug ingestion.

Past grantees for this funding include Girls on the Run/Heart and Sole; Girl Scouts/Girls are Great; Grand Valley Catholic Outreach/La Mariposa; HomewardBound/Recovery Living Program; Mesa County Partners/Minor in Possession; Mind Springs Health/Women’s Recovery Center; Karis, Inc./Recovery Advocacy for Homeless Youth, Peer 180 Recovery Community/Circle of Parents Recovery Group, Riverside Educational Center/After School Substance Use Prevention, and Western Colorado Area Health Education Center/Mesa County Opioid Response Group.

Since 1985, the Brownson Memorial Fund has granted over $430,000 in Mesa County and is the only local funding source directed solely towards this issue.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good.  Currently, the Community Foundation manages over 350 charitable funds totaling $100 million in assets and awards over $5 million in grants and scholarships annually.