Funding Opportunities

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RMHF awards grants to Western Slope organizations offering programs and services that improve conditions for underserved, vulnerable or marginalized people, and are aligned with the purpose of one of our funds described below. Each fund has a separate, annual cycle; for details, see the current Timeline and Calendar here!

FOCUS AREA FUND

General Operating grants to organizations that deliver outcomes aligned with the Foundation’s core focus: to provide for basic needs, and to increase access to and affordability of health care. Follows our standard grant application, in-depth review process, and reporting schedule. Awards will typically range from $20,000 to $50,000.

Basic Needs
• food (food banks and pantries, meal services, food-related equipment & delivery vehicles)
• housing (emergency shelters, safe houses, rental/mortgage assistance)
• transportation (medical, dial-a-ride vouchers, bus passes)
• safety (domestic violence, sexual assault, child advocacy, in-home parent education & child abuse prevention)

Physical Health
• dental screening & service
• visual/hearing screening & services
• medical screening & services
• animal assisted PT, OT
• health navigator, promotora
• hospice/palliative/home health care
• securing health insurance

Behavioral Health
• mental health counseling & therapy
• crisis response
• suicide prevention
• substance abuse treatment & therapy
• substance abuse prevention
• animal-assisted behavioral health therapies
• grief counseling

Case Management (in the above areas)

SIMPLE GIFTS FUND

General Operating grants to organizations that are not directly aligned with our focus areas but are worthwhile and important to their community. Utilizes a streamlined application, expedited timeline, and minimal reporting. Awards up to $10,000.

• social/emotional supports (creating social connections and alleviating isolation, especially for seniors and special populations)

• positive youth development (afterschool/summer programs that offer kids leadership opportunities, relationship & decision-making skills)

• mentoring (1:1 youth to adult mentorships paired for a specified length of time and which may include case management)

• adaptive sports, arts, or camps for people living with developmental, cognitive, or physical disabilities or trauma

• peer support groups (behavioral health support in a peer-group setting)

• community coalitions (local organizations collaborating on a focus issue/population)

• community gardens (garden space for community use that may also include nutrition education, or supply fresh food to local food pantries)

• early childhood development (training & support by child specialists to enhance the ability of childcare center staff (and/or parents) in helping children achieve full cognitive, emotional, social and physical potential)

• legal aid (assistance to low-income individuals/families for legal issues such as child-custody, restraining orders, landlord disputes, immigration)

• housing counseling (coaching & tools to help people avoid eviction/foreclosure)

• respite care (day or short-term care for elderly/medically fragile/disabled individuals)

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND

Program grants specifically for the purpose of promoting and supporting women, people of color, and people in poverty who are seeking careers in behavioral health and healthcare. Awards will typically range from $20,000 to $50,000. For example, but not limited to:

• Scholarships for behavioral health or healthcare related degrees or certifications (such as Master of Social Work (MSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Personal Care Provider (PCP), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
• Professional supervision for licensure and internships
• Paid internships & intern living expenses
• Capital requests <=$50k for instructional equipment (simulation labs, etc.) or similar

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE FUND

By invitation only. A small cohort selected based on alignment with a specific focus issue. Utilizes a co-design application and reporting model. Renewable, general operating grants, with annual awards typically ranging from $20,000 to $30,000.

Search our Grants Awarded to see the types of programs and projects we have supported in the past.

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