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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 2020, WCCF awarded $4.2 million in grants across our region. Most grant awards (82%) 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 REQUEST FOR FUNDING

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.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

COMMUNITY GRANTS 2021 FUNDING; RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE FOR YOUTH

Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) Community Grants for 2021 focused on helping youth regain skills and build resilience, coming out of COVID. WCCF recognizes the clear need to help our youth recover academic and social emotional skills lost during the past year of disruption and isolation due to the pandemic.

The goal of 2021 Community Grants for Recovery and Resilience for Youth! is to fund projects that help youth recover and rebuild academic, coping, and resilience skills to come through COVID stronger and more successful.

This process is closed for 2021.

BRAY CARES FOUNDATION

Resources for Housing Related Needs in Mesa County

Applications for funding NOW OPEN!

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

Now in it’s third year of funding, the Bray Cares Foundation awarded grants to five organizations to address this issue in 2020, including Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, HomewardBound, Joseph Center, and Karis, among others.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

Applications close Friday, October 15, 2021

BROWNSON MEMORIAL FUND

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​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 $370,000 to organizations addressing substance abuse prevention and treatment in Mesa County. The Mesa County Substance Use Resource Guide was created as a result of a partnership between the Brownson Memorial Fund and the Mesa County Opioid Response Group.

Read the latest newsletter here.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

 

The fund awarded grants to the following organizations for 2021:

  • Counseling and Education Center: Bilingual Addiction Counseling
  • Girls on the Run Grand Valley: Heart and Soul for D51 Middle Schools
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach: La Mariposa
  • HomewardBound of the Grand Valley: Recovery Living Program
  • Karis, Inc.; Recovery Advocacy for Homeless Youth
  • MarillacHealth: Warrior Wellness Center
  • Mesa County Partners: DTOC-Care and Share, and Substance Abuse Prevention Classes
  • Mind Springs Foundation: Women’s Recovery Center
  • Peer 180 Recovery Community: Circle of Parents Recovery Group
  • Riverside Educational Center: After School Substance Use Prevention
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center: Mesa County Opioid Response Group

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

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 grant application cycle ran in Spring 2020 and is currently closed but will have a 2021 cycle.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

MESA COUNTY SMALL GRANTS

Small Grants that Make a Difference

Mesa County Small Grants will not run a grant cycle in 2021; please fill out a Request for Funding (see above) to let us know about your organization or project’s needs.

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.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

MT. CALLAHAN COMMUNITY FUND

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Grant application will return in 2022.

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

 

 

The following organizations received $4,000 in total funding for the 2021 grant cycle:

  • CASA of the Ninth
  • Garfield Co School District 16
  • Grand River Hospital District/MOW
  • Literacy Outreach

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

OURAY COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

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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.

This opportunity is now closed for 2021.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

The following organizations were awarded grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 for a total of $50,600 in funding.

  • Fortuna Tierra Club
  • Friends of the Wright Opera House
  • George Gardner Scholarship Fund
  • Horsefly Volunteer Fire Protection
  • Live in Ouray
  • Log Hill Mesa Fire Protection District
  • Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center; The Center for Mental Health
  • Ouray County Food Pantry
  • Ouray County Historical society
  • Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Inc.
  • Ouray County Ranch History Museum
  • Ouray County Schools Community Resource Consortium; Voyager Youth Program
  • Ouray Ice Park
  • Ouray Mountain Rescue
  • Ouray Mountain Trail Run
  • Ouray Public Library
  • Ouray School District R-1
  • Ouray Trail Group
  • Ridgway Community Garden (program of Southwest Institute for Resilience)
  • Second Chance Humane Society
  • Top of the Pines, Inc.
  • UpstART: Theater that Moves
  • Weehawken Creative Arts
SAN JUAN COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND

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.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

The following organizations were awarded $12,000 in grants ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 in 2021:

  • Silverton Skijoring – Safety and Sanitation for 2022 Silverton Skijoring
  • Silverton Creative District – 2022 Silverton Arts Festival
  • Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies – Data collection in San Juan County
  • Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center – Snowmobile for CAIC San Juan County data collection
SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS FUND FOR MESA COUNTY

The Suicide Prevention and Awareness Fund was formed in 2018 for the purposes of supporting programs and initiatives that promote awareness, education, advocacy, and collaboration towards the prevention of suicide among all age groups and demographics in Mesa County.

Applicants must be a 501(c)3 or other tax-exempt charitable entity as defined by the IRS, such as a school or church. Organizations should also be registered and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 5, 2021 by 5pm MT.

Grants typically range from $1,000 – $5,000.

 

SURFACE CREEK COMMUNITY FUND

The new Surface Creek Community Fund was established in 2019 by local community leaders to benefit the towns of Austin, Cedaredge, Cory, Eckert, and Orchard City in Delta County.

This opportunity is now closed for 2021.

To learn more about Surface Creek Community Fund click here.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

The committee awarded $17,250 in funding to the following organizations for 2021:

  • Cedar Mesa Community Club
  • Cedaredge Community Gardens Association
  • Quilts of Valor Foundation
  • All American Families
  • Surface Creek Saddle Club, Inc.
  • Surface Creek Community Services
  • Surface Creek Animal Shelter
  • The Nature Connection (Delta County School District 50J)
  • Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center
T.R.U.E. GRANTS FUND

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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. The theme for 2021 funding was: Make an Impact. Rebuild and Renew your organization.

This opportunity is now closed for 2021.

Congratulations to our  2021 T.R.U.E grant recipients
• River Bridge Regional Center
• A Way Out
• Voices
• Summit 54
• Smiling Goat Ranch
• River Center
• Center for Independence
• Carbondale Clay Center
• Family Resource Center
• The Meeting Place

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

TRUTTA FUND SUPPORTING VETERANS

Funding Available for Organizations Serving Veterans in Mesa and Delta Counties

Eligible organizations must be a qualified 501 (c) (3), public school, or tax-exempt public service agency providing services within Mesa and/or Delta County

The Trutta Fund is managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation and supports organizations that serve veterans and their families. The Fund is named in honor of the USS Trutta SS 421, which was established by the donor as a way to support and give back to those who served.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

The fund awarded grants to the following organizations for 2021:

  • Western Slope Veterans Coalition
  • HomewardBound of the Grand Valley
  • Harmony Acres Equestrian Center
  • Operation Revamp Inc. – Veterans Art Center
  • Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

WEST ELK COMMUNITY FUND

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WECF - Logo - West Elk Community FundWECF 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.

This opportunity is now closed for 2021.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

The following organizations received $20,000 in total funding for the 2021 grant cycle:

  • All American Families
  • Blue Sage Center for the Arts
  • Citizens for a Healthy Community
  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance
  • Elsewhere Studios Art Residency
  • Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter
  • Friends of Youth and Nature
  • Mountain Harvest Creative
  • North Fork Historical Society
  • North Fork Senior Connections
  • The Nature Connection (Delta County School District 50J)
WESTERN COLORADO HEALTH FUND

 Improving Access to Health Care

Deadline to apply is October 29, 2021

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.

Any time you access the system, there may be other application opportunities open. Please ensure you are applying to the correct funding opportunity.

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.

Templates for Grant Applicants
Churches and Schools Without CO SOS #

If you are applying on behalf of a charitable organization (such as a church or school) that is not registered with the Colorado Secretary of State then you can fill in the CO SOS number as zeros.