“By contributing to the Ouray County Community Fund, you help invest in innovative solutions and respond to our communities’ unmet needs. Your donation of any size makes a difference and changes lives.”

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About Ouray County Community Fund

The Ouray County Community Fund (OCCF) is a charitable investment account to benefit the people of Ouray County. Community-minded donors can make contributions of any size. Funds are used to support local nonprofit organizations and community improvement projects through a competitive grants application process.

A local steering committee made up of community leaders reviews grant applications and make decisions once a year. Funds are distributed in November and can be used for projects the following year.

Our donors share a connection to the place they live and a commitment to make their community better. Ouray County does not have a community-wide funding vehicle like a United Way. The Western Colorado Community Foundation has partnered with OCCF to create such a vehicle. It is also a permanent charitable endowment that distributes its earnings each year into the community and will continue for generations to come

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. Since its establishment in 2016, the Ouray County Community Fund has distributed $276,838. in grants to nonprofits in Ouray County.

The Ouray County Community Fund has closed for grant applications for 2022 and will re-open for fall of 2023.