The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the new Workforce Development Fund, opened March 7. Approximately $585,000 will be available as program grants to organizations addressing the healthcare workforce shortage. Awards will typically range from $20,000 to $50,000.


This fund was created specifically for the purpose of promoting and supporting women, people of color, and people with low income who are seeking careers in behavioral health (case managers to psychiatrists) or health care (personal care providers to medical doctors). For example, but not limited to:

  • Scholarships for behavioral health or healthcare related degrees or certifications (such as Master of Social Work (MSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Personal Care Provider (PCP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).
  • Professional supervision for licensure and internships.
  • Paid internships & intern living expenses.
  • Capital requests <=$50k for instructional equipment (simulation labs, etc) or similar.


The Foundation has eliminated waiting periods for all previously awarded or declined applicants (yes, that includes awards/declines made in 2021!). Generally speaking, an organization may apply in only one funding cycle per year – either Simple Gifts Fund or Focus Area Fund, depending on fit. However, due to the special nature of this program initiative, a Workforce Development grant may be awarded in addition to a general-operating grant in the same year.

Check out RMHF’s website HERE to read a detailed description of each new fund and determine your organization’s best fit. If you are unsure, please call them (970.644.8188).

Our basic eligibility requirements still apply to all applicants:

  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3), a 509(a) or a governmental, tribal, school, or public entity or have an acceptable fiscal sponsor relationship.
  • Your organization must deliver services and have staff residing primarily within the 22 Western Slope counties.
  • Your request must align with the purpose of the funding initiative.


The Workforce Development grant cycle opens on Monday, March 7 and closes at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 1, 2022. All prospective applicants are required to schedule a pre-application call with Foundation staff! Please use the appropriate link below to schedule a 30-min Zoom meeting with your Resource & Relationship Partner. RMHF uses an online submission portal for all applications and reporting. You cannot access the online Workforce Development grant application until the pre-app call is completed.

  • If your organization is based in Delta, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, or Routt counties, please schedule with Stephanie Self using this link:
  • Organizations in all other Western Slope counties (Archuleta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Juan, San Miguel, or Summit counties) should schedule with Julie Hinkson using this link:

Please consider applying for funding. The RMHF Board and staff applaud your deep commitment to your community and want to help you fulfill your mission.