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Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Check back in mid-March for funding cycle details and application requirements

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation strives to improve the health of western slope Coloradans. We are a catalyst and collaborator for innovative healthcare approaches. We want to promote the health and well-being of Western Slope communities. “Well-being” includes not only physical and behavioral health-related issues but the factors that can affect one’s health—or the social determinants of health.

The Foundation is dedicated to being both a funder and a partner to community groups, keeping the grant-making process as easy and impactful as possible, while learning solutions along the way with grantees, as to how to best improve the health of our communities. This is our inaugural, pilot year. We are living, learning and adapting as we move through our first year of funding. It is anticipated that $1 million will be distributed in 2018 through both program and operating grants. To see our list of grant recipients, click here.

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation will consider one year funding commitments for general operating and programmatic requests from qualified nonprofit organizations who serve the 22 counties defined in the traditional maps of Colorado’s Western Slope (Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, San Miguel, and Summit). At this time, we are not funding capital requests.

This year we do not have a recommended range to ask for; we did that by design. Since it is our inaugural year, we are open to all possibilities. Grant applicants are encouraged to be realistic in your budgeting. Request only what you need for a project to be successful and don’t exaggerate the need. Keep in mind that the Foundation will be responding to 22 counties on the Western Slope, which reflects many organizations, and we anticipate distributing about $250,000 each quarter.

Organizations may apply for funding annually. We ask that you prioritize your needs and explore mission alignment with our focus areas

Grants will be awarded to organizations and programs that address:

» Access to healthcare, including telehealth
» Preventive care and services
» Behavioral health services
» Case management
» Population health (including integrating social service programs and health systems)
» Community-based projects

Before you begin the application process, make sure you are eligible.

»  Are you a 501 (c)(3) or County Public Health Department? If not, do you have a fiscal sponsor?
»  Are you in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State?
»  Do you serve in one of the 22 western slope counties as defined by RMHF’s service area?
»  Does your project funding request align with the priorities identified by your hospital or Public Health Dept’s Community Health Needs Assessment?
» Have you ensured that your project will advance the overall health and well-being of the community?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, you are not eligible to apply for funding to the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.


Please contact us to talk more about your ideas.
Prospective grant applicants may inquire with questions to Kim Lewis, Grant Manager, at 1-970-697-1038 or kim@rmhealth.org.


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