Application Process

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Our Grantmaking Process in 5 Easy Steps!

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation is committed to nonprofits and the work you do to strengthen the health of our communities. Whether it’s a big-win or pie-in-the-sky idea, or the routine plain-Jane work that’s vitally needed in your community, tell us your story and ask for what you really need. Reach out early and often if you need help! RMHF staff is available to support you throughout the entire grant application process.

1. Learn about Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

Explore our grantmaking pages to determine if your organization or program is eligible for grant funding by reviewing our eligibility requirements, areas of interest, and past grants.

2. Connect with the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

The first step is to schedule a 30-min pre-application meeting with staff. This meeting is REQUIRED for all applicants, whether returning or new. We find this to be a great way to learn more about each other, make sure you are the best fit for our funding priorities, and answer any questions you may have. You can easily set up this appointment by clicking on the link below according to the county in which your organization is located.

For Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco, or Routt counties: 

Stephanie Self
Phone: 970.697.1023

For all other counties on the Western Slope:

Julie Hinkson
Phone: 970.697.1038

Prior to the meeting, please review the grantmaking section of our website to familiarize yourself with our guidelines and prepare any questions you may have. Click here to download a sample application.

3. Submit a grant application through our online portal.

Following the required pre-application meeting, if eligible, you will receive an emailed link to access our online grant application.

All applications must be submitted online no later than 5 p.m. by the due date. In fairness to applicants who meet the deadline, no late applications will be accepted. Partial applications will not go forward into the review process.

4. Hang tight during the evaluation process, which includes:

  • Staff vetting for alignment, completeness, and clarity. You may receive a phone call from RMHF with clarifying questions about your project – check the Calendar Page and be sure someone is available during that timeframe who can answer questions about the application and your organization.
  • Grant Committee evaluation and recommendation
  • Board approval

5. Receive notification of award decision

Both awarded and declined applicants will be contacted first by phone, and then by a follow up letter. If you were declined, we are happy to provide honest feedback on why your proposal wasn’t funded, offer technical assistance, or provide resources when requested. Every application cycle is an opportunity for both of us to learn and grow.

The timeframe for an awarded application is approximately three months from the opening date of the funding cycle to the notification.

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