Online Application

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Rocky Mountain Health Foundation is committed to nonprofits and the work they do to strengthen the health of our communities. The grant application provides the opportunity for you to introduce your organization, tell us about the community you serve, what county health assessment gap you are addressing, and how we can help. It also allows us to determine whether the purpose or project for which you are seeking funding aligns with our mission and values. Whether it’s a big-win or pie-in-the-sky idea, or if you are doing the routine plain-Jane work that’s vitally needed in our community, tell us your story and ask for what you really need.


You may receive a phone call or email from the Program Officer with clarifying questions about your project.  Please respond within 72 hours.

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.

If you would like to discuss your project or funding opportunity prior to submitting your application,
contact Julie Hinkson, Program Officer, at 970-644-8188 or

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

The evaluation process includes:

  • Staff screening for alignment, eligibility
  • Staff vetting for completeness and clarity
  • If necessary, staff seek additional information and ask clarifying questions
  • Grant summary, application and budget to Grant Committee
  • Grant Committee evaluation and recommendation
  • Board approval

Helpful Hints 

  • Call if you need help! Julie Hinkson, Program Officer, is available to support you throughout your grant application process and can be reached at (970)644-8188 or
  • Pay attention to guidelines, instructions and required documents; include everything requested.  Make sure you upload every required document.
  • Be accurate and honest.  If there is bad news, don’t hide it.  Be honest and let RMHF know how we can help. 

Organizations should

  1. Address an unduplicated health gap in the community and make a measurable and positive impact on the health of the specific community. We want to ensure that your project is part of a collaborative effort and contributing to one of the identified community health needs. It is important to our Foundation to not have competition, but rather complementing and collaborative projects.
  2. Ensure that your project will advance the overall health and well-being of the community.
  3. Focus on at least one of the following: Basic Needs, Access to & Affordability of Physical, Oral & Visual Health, Access to and Affordability of Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health or Community-Based Health Projects.
  4. Accomplish clearly-defined goals as outlined in the grant application.
  5. Have a clear strategy to implement and manage the proposed project.
  6. Demonstrate fiscal responsibility through a detailed and realistic project budget that itemizes expenses and projected revenue.

Other Resources

  • Obtaining an IRS Determination Letter dated within the past five years: Although the IRS does not re-issue new Determination Letters, you can obtain an “Affirmation Letter” by calling the IRS at 1-877-829-5500. (Press 1 for English; press 2 for questions about exempt organizations; then press 4 to verify status of exempt organizations.) The letter “affirms” your current tax-exempt status as of the date it was requested and can be submitted with your grant application in place of your original Determination Letter.
  • Printing the Colorado Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing dated within the past year: Visit Search the name you are interested.  From the Summary page, select “Obtain Certificate of Good Standing”.  If the status of the entity is anything other than Good Standing (i.e., Delinquent, Exists, Dissolved or Revoked), a Certificate of Good Standing cannot be issued.
  • A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management and other grant administrative services. From the perspective of the IRS, a fiscal sponsor is held legally responsible for management of grant funds and the attendant requirements and obligations of the grant. Acceptable Fiscal Sponsor relationships:
    1. An operating organization has not yet secured its own 501(c)(3) status but has a formal relationship with a 501(c)(3) entity which acts as a fiscal sponsor to manage grant oversight functions, including financial operations and grant fund management.
    2. An operating organization is too small to support full administrative functions and has a formal relationship with a 501(c)(3) entity which acts as a fiscal sponsor to manage grant oversight functions, including financial operations and grant fund management.
    3. A cluster of eligible 501(c)(3) organizations work cooperatively on a project and select one of the members to manage grant oversight functions, including financial operations and grant fund management.
  • Application data links for Identified Needs: To help us understand how your program creates/contributes to a healthier community, provide documentation of a need or gap in your community using data from Kids Count, Community Health Needs Assessment, Western Colorado County Profiles, Colorado Health Institute’s County Health Profiles, your community’s Economic Development Dept. or Health & Human Services Dept. – dated within the past 5 years.
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