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2020 Community Grants for Youth Outside!

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Charitable
Entities to Benefit Youth in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF)

Deadline Date:

04/03/20 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations and charitable entities including churches, schools, and government units for programs that benefit youth in eligible regions. Funding is intended to encourage recreational activities for youth, middle through high school. The Community Grants for Youth Outside! funding opportunity is available to organizations that operate within the seven counties WCCF serves: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and Rio Blanco.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) 2020 Community Grants for Youth Outside! focuses on youth development through outdoor recreation activities, in order to build confidence and self-esteem, strengthen resilience, and reduce stress and social isolation. The goal of 2020 Community Grants for Youth Outside! is to fund youth development projects for ages middle through high school, through outdoor recreation activities, in order to build confidence and self-esteem, strengthen resilience, and reduce stress and social isolation.

Primary areas of focus are projects that address one or more:

  • Develop or expand outdoor recreation activities for in-school/after-school or summer programs.
  • Increase opportunities for participation in outdoor recreation activities for at-risk and low-income youth.
  • Support youth team building activities and other leadership opportunities.
  • Engage college students and community members in mentoring youth through outdoor recreation activities.

All projects should support a social/emotional learning component that emphasizes the potential harmful effects of excessive screen time and social isolation and the importance of spending time outside, engaged in confidence, resilience and team building activities.

Preference will be given to projects that involve collaboration of multiple organizational partners and/or develop intergenerational activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188189

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in the $2,500 – $10,000 range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must be a 501 (c) (3) or other qualified charitable entity (school, church, govt.), recognized by the IRS and working within WCCF’s seven county region. Organizations should also be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and be in good standing.

Grants will not support marketing or sponsorship of an event.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Application will open Monday, February 24th and the deadline to apply is Friday, April 3, 2020, 5pm MST.


Information about the Online Grant Center:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Grant System:

For more information, contact Tedi Gillespie, Director of Grants and Community Outreach at

For all technical questions regarding site administration of the grant center and application process, contact Talitha Costello, Administrative Assistant at

WCCF’s main office is located on the 5th floor of the Alpine Bank building in downtown Grand Junction at 225 N. 5th Street.

Mailing address:
PO Box 4334
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Phone: 970-243-3767

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and Rio Blanco Counties

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