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Grand River Meal On Wheels

Community Food Bank

Colorado Canyons Association


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 2019, WCCF awarded $3.6 million in grants across our region. Most grant awards (81%) 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.


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.

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Resources for Housing Related Needs in Mesa County

This process opened on September 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is October 12, 2020.

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

Now in it’s second year of funding, the Bray Cares Foundation awarded grants to six organizations to address this issue in 2019, including Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, HomewardBound, Joseph Center, and Karis, among others.

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Resources for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

​This process closed for applications on June 30, 2020 and will open again in 2021.

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.

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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 until 2021.


Small Grants that Make a Difference

This process opened for applications on September 10, 2020. The deadline to apply is October 16, 2020.

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.

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Grant application will return in 2021.

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 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.

The process closed September 18, 2020.


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.

The process closed September 18, 2020.


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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.

The process closed September 18, 2020.


Funding Available for Organizations Serving Veterans in Mesa and Delta Counties

This grant application cycle closed September 1, 2020.


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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 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 process closed September 18, 2020.



 Improving Access to Health Care

This process is open for applications. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2020.

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.

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WECF - Logo - West Elk Community FundThis 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.

The process closed September 18, 2020.

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.  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.
  • Organizations must serve within the seven counties in our region.
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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.



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.