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Grand River Meal On Wheels

Community Food Bank

Colorado Canyons Association

MarillacHealth

Girl Scouts of Delta County

Grand Junction Senior Theater

The Nature Connection

Our Grantmaking


Since 1996, the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital western Colorado communities.  Through our grantmaking, WCCF invests in and improves the quality of life in the seven counties we serve.  WCCF distributes grants from dozens of donor-directed funds in accordance with our donors’ wishes. In 2018, WCCF awarded $2.7 million in grants across our region.  Most grant awards (96%) are donor-directed, and nonprofit organizations cannot apply for grants from donor-directed funds.

Nonprofit organizations can register through our online grants system to access the grant opportunities below.  Nonprofits are encouraged to register and fill out the WCCF Request for Funding (RFF) as an informal means to share information on their organization’s mission with WCCF, as staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting specific areas of service.

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WCCF 2020 COMMUNITY GRANTS for YOUTH OUTSIDE!

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) 2020 Community Grants for Youth Outside! focuses on youth development through outdoor recreation. WCCF recognizes that youth are under stress across our communities, leading to anxiety, depression, and in extreme cases, suicide. Current research shows a wide range of benefits for children and youth through outdoor experiences, including improvements in physical health and emotional well-being as well as increased learning, personal, and social skills. Our 2020 Community Grants will target projects that directly help youth address stress and anxiety through organized outdoor recreational activities.

The Community Grants for Youth Outside! funding opportunity is available to organizations that operate within the seven counties we serve (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and Rio Blanco). This funding is made possible through WCCF’s community grants endowment and generous donors across western Colorado.

Goal of 2020 Community Grants for Youth Outside! To fund youth development projects for ages 12-18 years, through outdoor recreation activities, in order to build confidence and self-esteem, strengthen resilience, and reduce stress and social isolation.

Primary areas of focus are projects that address one or more:

  • Develop or expand outdoor recreation activities for in-school/after-school or summer programs.
  • Increase opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation activities for at-risk and low-income youth.
  • Support youth team building activities and other leadership opportunities.
  • Engage college students and community members in mentoring youth through outdoor recreation activities.

 
Additional guidance

    • All projects should support a social/emotional learning component that emphasizes the potential harmful effects of excessive screen time and social isolation and the importance of spending time outside, engaged in confidence, resilience and team building activities.
    • Preference will be given to projects that involve collaboration of multiple organizational partners and/or develop intergenerational activities.
    • Grants will not support marketing or sponsorship of an event.

Funding Range: Grants will be awarded in the $2,500 – $10,000 range.  Funding up to $100,000 will be available to grant.

Criteria: Eligible organizations must be a 501 (c) (3) or other qualified charitable entity (school, church, govt.), recognized by the IRS and working within WCCF’s seven county region. Organizations should also be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing.

Grant Application will open Monday, February 24th and the deadline to apply is Friday, April 3, 2020, 5pm MST.  For more information, contact Tedi Gillespie, Director of Grants and Community Outreach at tgillespie@wc-cf.org. For all technical questions regarding site administration of our grant center and application process, contact Talitha Costello, Administrative Assistant at tcostello@wc-cf.org
 

WCCF REQUEST FOR FUNDING

As of January 1, 2020, WCCF’s RFF process will be temporarily unavailable as we make upgrades and improvements to this process.  This process will open again on April 1, 2020.  If your funding needs are critical for 1st Quarter 2020 only, contact Tedi Gillespie at 243-3767.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) offers nonprofit organizations an open Request for Funding (RFF) opportunity as a means to share information with our grants team about funding needs.  This is not an application process and there is no guarantee of funding, since the majority of our grant making is donor-advised/donor directed.  The RFF is an opportunity for organizations to submit a summary of their funding needs (general operating, project/program or capital campaign) so that the grant team can determine if there is a good fit with one of our donor-advised or field of interest funds. The RFF is available to organizations that operate within the seven counties we serve (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco).

Eligible organizations must be a qualified 501(c)(3), public school or tax-exempt public service agency providing services within WCCF’s seven county region.  Organizations should also be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing.

Questions should be directed to Tedi Gillespie, Director of Grants and Community Outreach through our contact form.

BRAY CARES FOUNDATION

Resources for Housing Related Needs in Mesa County

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The Bray Cares Foundation supports organizations that operate within Mesa County to provide support for housing-related needs.

BROWNSON MEMORIAL FUND

​Resources for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

Formerly the Bridge House, the Brownson Memorial Fund affiliated with WCCF in 2004, becoming WCCF’s first field of interest fund.  Since 1985, the Brownson Memorial Fund has granted over $350,000 to organizations addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County.

MARY FERGUSON CARBONDALE TEACHER MINI-GRANTS

These grants are for the purpose of improving education by supporting special projects, professional development of teachers, classroom environment improvements, field trips, etc.

Applicants must be a certified teacher ( no administrative or support staff) from one of the following schools:

Crystal River Elementary
Carbondale Community School
Carbondale Middle School
Roaring Fork High School
Ross Montessori
Bridges High School

Up to $1,000 in funding may be requested. The review committee will make final selections and candidates will be informed of the outcome.

This fund will open for applications on February 3, 2020. Applications are due March 3, 2020 by 5:00 pm.

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MESA COUNTY SMALL GRANTS

Small Grants that Make a Difference

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The community leaders who established this fund are fond of quoting Eleanor Roosevelt, “Energy can be generated for the solution of all kinds of problems by having a small amount of money in the right place.”  Mesa County Small Grants are available for Mesa County projects where a modest amount of dollars ($200 to $500) in the right places will make a difference.

MT. CALLAHAN COMMUNITY FUND

Mt. Callahan Community Fund Logo

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The Mt. Callahan Community Fund  was established in 2002, by local community leaders to benefit the people in communities from Parachute to Battlement Mesa.

SAN JUAN COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

​This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The San Juan County Community Fund (SJCCF) was established by local community leaders in order to help local nonprofits through the distribution of annual grants. This is made possible with support from both the Western Colorado Community Foundation – Dave and Mary Wood Fund, and Citizens State Bank.

Citizens State Bank (CSB) has been in operation for over 100 years with locations in Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton and Naturita. CSB partners with people and businesses to make the communities they serve successful today and sustainable tomorrow.

T.R.U.E. GRANTS FUND

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This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The Two Rivers Unrestricted Endowment Fund (T.R.U.E.) was established in 2018, by local community leaders to benefit the people in communities from Carbondale to New Castle.  This year, in celebration of the Two Rivers Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary, the TRUE grants committee would like applicants to document how this year’s funding will help their organizations grow and have impact over the next 20 years.

TRUTTA FUND SUPPORTING VETERANS

Funding Available for Organizations Serving Veterans in Mesa and Delta Counties

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

WESTERN COLORADO HEALTH FUND

 Improving Access to Health Care

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The Western Colorado Health Fund offers funding for clinics, hospitals and other organizations to address issues of access to health care and to improve health care delivery in smaller, rural communities in our region. Tax-exempt organizations with programs to improve resident health through innovative or creative staffing arrangements, new technologies or other program, system or infrastructure investments are invited to submit an application. Preference will be given to programs serving less populated communities.

OURAY COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

The Ouray County Community Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders in Ouray County in order to build resources to help local nonprofits through annual grant distributions.

 

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WEST ELK COMMUNITY FUND

This process will open again in the summer of 2020 with a new deadline, to be determined based on the committee review schedule.

WECF grant funding is available to organizations that primarily operate within the three communities we serve (Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford). This funding is made possible from WECF’s community grants endowment and from generous donors in the North Fork Valley.

 

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Grant Guidelines


  • Applicants must register an account in our Online Grant Center in order to access an application or a request for funding (RFF – first step in Invitation Only grant funding).
  • Applicants must be a registered nonprofit organization with a current IRS Tax Exempt status. No grants will be made to individuals. www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Charitable-Organizations.  See more information and guidelines for grants to churches, schools and other charitable, tax-exempt organizations.
  • Organizations should be registered with the State of Colorado and be in full compliance with Colorado’s Charitable Solicitations Law. https://www.sos.state.co.us/.
  • Organizations must serve within the seven counties in our region.
  • See more information and guidelines.

Grant FAQ’s


How do I apply for a grant?
In order to apply for any of the grant opportunities listed on this page, you must first register in our Online Grant Center.  Once you register, you can log in to your profile to complete an application by the required deadline for that process.

 

How do I register my organization in the Online Grant System?
Please review the  information in at Online Grant Center before registering as a user.  Once you have reviewed the process, you may register a new user account.  The system is very user friendly and will walk you through everything you need to know,  but you can access these tutorials to understand the process before creating an account.

 

What is the application deadline?
Each grant opportunity has its own application deadline.  Be sure to check under each individual opportunity for the correct deadline.

 

What size grant should we request?
Each grant opportunity has its own funding range. Please refer to the description and purpose of the grant opportunity for more detail.

 

 

Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?
There is no application process for donor-advised funds. Donors that have established donor advised funds make grants to nonprofit organizations based on their own areas of interest. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to register their organization through our Online Grant Center as an informal means to share information with WCCF staff. WCCF staff may be aware of donor-directed funds that would have an interest in supporting your organization or project.