Health foundation awards $470,000 in grants

Michaelle Smith

The Eureka McConnell Science Museum and Western Colorado Area Health Education Center in Grand Junction are among 30 nonprofit organizations that received grants from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.

The latest grants are worth nearly $470,000 and bring to more than $1.8 million the total amount of grants awarded by the foundation since its inception in 2017 to improve the health and well-being of Western Slope communities

“We are excited to support organizations from across the Western Slope who are working to positively impact their communities through a wide variety of approaches to health and wellness.  It is a privilege to partner with effective local community organizations who are making a difference every day,” said Michaelle Smith, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation.

Grants were awarded to organizations that promote health and well-being by supporting the economically disadvantaged, providing resources to achieve and maintain health, strengthen minds and bodies and improve quality of life.

The Eureka McConnell Science Museum offers exhibits and activities promoting science, technology, engineering and math as well summer camps to teach children about biology, the environment, hydrology and other topics.

The Western Colorado Area Health Education Center promotes healthier communities through education and health care quality improvement and to improve access to health care in underserved areas.

The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation expects to distribute a total of $900,000 in grants in 2019. Proposals for the next funding cycle are due October 4.   More information and funding guidelines are available at