Health foundation awards $239,000 in grants to nonprofits

The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation based in Grand Junction has awarded a total of $239,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations providing services in Western Colorado.

The inaugural round of grants support services that promote health and wellness, said Lisa Fenton Free, executive director of the foundation. “We are thrilled to distribute funds from our first cycle. We are funding the future of community health and developing the next generation of community health leaders. What a gift it is to work with others and make our community better.”

The recipients are the Counseling and Education Center, Karis/The House and Mesa County Partners in Grand Junction as well as the Valley Settlement in Carbondale; Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club, Montrose County Senior Citizens Transportation/All Points Transit and PIC Place in Montrose; Family & Intercultural Resource Center in Silverthorne; Silverton School District No. 1 in Silverton; and Yampa Valley Autism Program in Steamboat Springs.

Founded in 2017 to promote health in Western Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation expects to distribute a total of $1 million through quarterly grants in 2018. Proposals for the next funding cycle are due April 18.

For additional information about grants, contact Kim Lewis at 697-1038 or For more information about the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, log on to the website located at