Eligibility & Guidelines


  • Qualified nonprofit organizations who have both programmatic services and personnel residing primarily in one of the 22 Western Slope counties (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).
  • Organization must be classified as one of the following:
    • A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity
    • Independent sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit acting as a fiscal sponsor
    • A 509(a) or a governmental, tribal, school or public entity


  • Organizations need to be established in and provide programs or services within the 22 Western Slope counties. CLICK HERE to view our county map.
  • We will accept one grant application per organization, except if an organization is acting as a fiscal agent or if the organization is part of a collaboration.
  • Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.

One-year grants will be awarded to organizations and programs that address:

  • Basic Needs
  • Access to & Affordability of Physical, Oral & Visual Health
  • Access to and Affordability of Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health
  • COVID-19 Response


  • Grant awards range between $1,000-$25,000. In the most recent grant cycle, the average grant award was $9,000.
  • Agency requests to RMHF should not exceed 25% of annual expense budget or 50% of program budget.
  • We consider grants for general operating and programmatic support.

GENERAL OPERATING – Intended to be used to support an organization’s overall activities in any way the agency sees fit, including operating expenses and overhead. Examples include staffing support, purchases such as computers, technology, furniture, software upgrades, or other items that will allow the organization to be as effective as possible.

PROGRAMMATIC SUPPORT– Intended to be used for a specific project or program of a nonprofit and is tied to project-based outcomes. Examples include a substance abuse prevention program at a family service agency.

What types of nonprofit organizations are eligible for a grant from RMHF?
  • Programs organized and implemented by established Western Slope agencies
  • Alignment with RMHF’s mission and interests
  • Unduplicated, needed programs and services addressing identified health gaps in the community
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Clearly presented goals, purpose, activities
  • Established method for defining and measuring impact
  • Proven track record of success with implementation or a new, innovative concept
What types of organizations, people or projects are not eligible for grants from RMHF?
  • Organizations outside of the 22 Western Slope counties
  • Organizations that discriminate based on age, sex, religion/creed, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information.
  • Educational institutions, except for programs that align with our mission
  • Environmental stewardship programs
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Capital construction or endowment campaigns
  • Grants to individuals
  • Multi-year commitments
  • Debt reduction or loans
  • Sponsorships for events, conferences, speakers
  • Special events
  • Travel, conferences, group meetings, or seminars
  • Marketing plans and materials
  • Policy, advocacy or research
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
What we are looking for?
  • Evidence of need
  • Clarity of problem statement
  • Relevance of the goals and objectives
  • Alignment with RMHF’s priorities and geographic area
  • Clearly-articulated budget request
  • Evidence of community partnerships
  • Method for defining and measuring impact
  • Programmatic and financial strength, capacity of the organization
  • Potential for positive impact on community health and wellness
  • Are you a 501 (c)(3), a 509(a) or a governmental, tribal, school or public entity? Or do you have a fiscal sponsor?
  • Are you in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State?
  • Does your organization have both programmatic services and personnel residing primarily in one of the 22 Western Slope counties as defined by RMHF’s service area? CLICK HERE to view our county map.
  • Does your proposed project align with at least one of RMHF’s funding priorities?
  • Does your project funding request address an unduplicated health gap in the community?
  • Have you ensured that your project will advance the overall health and well-being of the community?
If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you are most-likely not eligible to apply. Please call Julie Hinkson, Program Officer at (970)644-8188 or julie@rmhealth.org to further discuss your fit.
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