Simple Gifts Fund

About the fund: Awards one-year, General Operating grants up to $10,000, with a streamlined application, expedited timeline, and minimal reporting. This cycle is designed for organizations that may not offer direct services within our focus areas of Basic Needs or Healthcare but do contribute to health and wellness by addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH):

  • community coalitions/alliances (local organizations collaborating in a RMHF focus area such as Basic Needs, Behavioral or Physical Healthcare )
  • community gardens (garden space for community use that includes nutrition education and supplies fresh produce to local food pantries)
  • language justice/integration (organizations working to dismantle language barriers, equalize power dynamics, and build strong communities for social and racial justice)
  • peer support groups (behavioral health support in a peer-group setting)
  • positive youth development (multi-faceted, youth-serving organizations that offer mentoring (1:1/peer/group), case management, life-skills training, or suicide/substance use prevention education)
  • respite care/in-home supports (caregiver respite and non-clinical, in-home assistance to create social connections, alleviate isolation, and help keep seniors and people living with disabilities in their homes)
  • focus area <=$10k (fit with a Focus Area priority — Basic Needs (food, housing, transportation, safety, resource centers) or Healthcare (physical, behavioral) — but are applying off-cycle or are a better fit here)


The Simple Gifts application opens in January of each year.  Click on the calendar link  below to see details. 

How To Apply

The Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofits and the work you do to strengthen the health of our communities. We want to hear YOUR story and help you get the funding you need. Reach out early and often if you have questions! We are ready to support you throughout the entire grant process.

Take the Eligibility Quiz to determine if your organization is eligible for grant funding.

A pre-application Zoom call is REQUIRED FOR NEW OR PREVIOUSLY DECLINED APPLICANTS. During this call, we’ll first confirm that your organization is eligible to apply. If eligible, we’ll discuss your proposed funding request (the services/activities provided, target population, and expected results), the financial health of your organization, and go over the timeline for the cycle. If we recommend you apply, we’ll also ask for more information about your organization, such as contact information, mission statement, and EIN. To prepare for the pre-application call, please review the Simple Gifts SAMPLE GRANT and EVALUATION CRITERIA so we can discuss any questions you may have.

You can easily set up a pre-application call with your Foundation staff partner by clicking on the link below according to the county in which your organization is located. 

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

Stephanie Self     970.697.1023    SCHEDULING LINK

For all other counties on the Western Slope:  VIEW THE MAP

Julie Hinkson     970.697.1038     SCHEDULING LINK

The scheduling link is only active when a cycle is open!  Check the Calendar below to see the dates for this cycle.

You will submit the grant application through our online portal.

  • New or previously declined applicants: If approved to apply during our pre-application call, we’ll email you a link to our online grant application portal.
  • Currently funded applicants: about two weeks before the grant cycle opens, you will receive an emailed link to access the grant portal and current application.

We suggest that you download the Simple Gifts SAMPLE GRANT to preview the exact application and to give you an idea of our expectation for each question. It is the same grant you will complete online, so you may use it as a template to prepare and edit your responses before completing and submitting your application through the grant portal.

All applications must be submitted online no later than 12:00 noon MST on the due date (see Calendar below). No late applications will be accepted.

Whew!  Now comes a short wait, so hang tight during the review and evaluation process, which includes:

  • Vetting by Foundation staff for alignment, completeness, and clarity. 
  • Reviewer evaluation and recommendation (read the EVALUATION CRITERIA)
  • Board approval

Following Board approval, all applicants will be notified of the funding decision first by phone, and then with a follow-up letter.  

If you are awarded: we’ll email you instructions on how to view and accept your award. Grants are paid via ACH following award acceptance. 

If you are declined: we will provide honest feedback on why your proposal wasn’t funded. We may offer technical assistance or direct you to other resources when possible. We feel that every funding cycle is an opportunity for us to learn from each other and deepen our relationship.

This cycle requires just one short, written report completed online at the end of the funding year. You will tell us how you used the funds and provide basic demographics (age, gender, & race/ethnicity) of the people you served. We will email you the link to complete this report when it’s time.

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