Healthcare and Basic Needs Organizations Receive Nearly $2 Million in Grants

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Health Foundation has awarded Focus Area Fund grants totaling $1,974,500 to health-related organizations on the Western Slope, bringing the total giving for the year to $3,962,550.  Nearly 240 organizations received grants in 2023, with the dollars supporting physical, behavioral, and social-emotional health, basic needs, and healthcare workforce development.

In this final funding cycle of the year, the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation board of directors approved awards to 103 organizations from 17 Western Slope counties. Forty-eight percent of the grants went to basic needs programs helping to ensure that individuals and families are housed, have access to transportation, feel safe, and do not go hungry. Programs that help people access affordable, quality physical and behavioral healthcare and disability services accounted for 52% of the grants. Awards ranged from $10,000 to $40,000.

Multi-year, general operating grants were awarded in the following categories:

Direct Healthcare Services (year 1 of 3):

  • Physical Health (dental, vision, hearing, and medical screening and care; animal-assisted physical & occupational therapy; health navigators & promotoras; hospice/palliative/home health care; disability services, securing health insurance):  $284,000 / 18 grants
  • Behavioral Health (mental health counseling and therapy, crisis response, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, treatment, and therapy, animal-assisted behavioral health therapy, grief counseling): $403,000 / 19 grants
  • Integrated Care (offering both physical and behavioral healthcare): $153,000 / 9 grants
  • Specialized Disability Services: $95,000 / 9 grants

Basic Needs (Renewals, year 2 of 3)

  • Food (food banks and pantries, meal services, food-related equipment and delivery vehicles):  $213,000 / 14 grants
  • Housing (emergency shelters, safe houses, rental/mortgage assistance):  $80,000 / 5 grants
  • Safety (domestic violence, sexual assault, child advocacy, in-home parent education and child abuse prevention):  $244,000 / 13 grants
  • Transportation (medical, dial-a-ride vouchers, bus passes):  $45,000 / 2 grants
  • Multi-need (family resource centers):  $279,000 / 14 grants

Focus Area Fund grant recipient Terri Hanley Reichert, Development Manager for Vail Valley Charitable Fund / Eagle County Smiles, wrote “Your support over the years is so appreciated.  We love serving our kids in Eagle County. The fact that you are so interested in this work and open to hearing about our challenges and celebrations is something we are grateful for.”

In addition to these general operating grants, Staff Care grants were made to each of the funded organizations for a total of $178,500.  Events of the last few years have put tremendous strain on everyone, but especially on employees in the health and human service field who are often stretched to the limit and sacrifice their own health in caring for their clients. The Foundation understands that staff are the most precious resource for any organization. In response, these unsolicited, restricted grantswere awarded as a means for organizations to directly support the emotional and physical wellbeing of staff. RMHF believes these grants are a unique and meaningful way to further promote the health of people on the Western Slope. 

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation was established in 2017 to improve the health of people living on the Western Slope by investing in community assets and by acting as a catalyst for new approaches.  To learn more about Rocky Mountain Health Foundation and to see a detailed list of this year’s funded projects, visit

Contact: Michaelle Smith, 970.644.8126,


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