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Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation improves the health of western slope Coloradans serving as a catalyst and collaborator for innovative healthcare approaches and promoting 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.

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). The Board of Directors understands the need for support for general operating expenses.  General operating grants are generally $5,000 or less and are intended to be used for staffing support for new positions, simple purchases such as computers/technology/software upgrades, or other items such as a new piece of equipment or furniture that will allow your organization to be as effective as possible in delivering your mission. Grant applications for general operating expenses need to identify how these dollars will strengthen important aspects of your work that fits with serving our Foundation’s mission. 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.

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.


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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