The Foundation makes grants to programs and organizations that assist in accomplishing the mission of the Foundation. These procedures ensure that recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.
The mission of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families in the Rocky Mountain region.
Eligibility: For an Organization’s program(s) to be eligible for a grant from Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, the organization must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in good standing. (Note: New or emerging organizations are permitted to apply through a tax-exempt organization acting as the fiscal agent.)
- Align with the mission and interests of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation.
- Be a community based program that assists in filling important gaps in our communities for pediatric patients and their families.
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to inclusiveness, in its programs, staff, board, and volunteers.
- Have the capacity to fulfill the plans for which the funds are requested.
- Show a financial participation commitment from 100% of the board members. (NOTE: The amount is not as much a concern as the demonstration of willingness to support the organization.)
- Provide an ongoing effort to evaluate organizational and program effectiveness and commitment to making adjustments as needed.
- Enhancement of therapeutic programs to support holistic healing of children and their families (art programs, cooking programs, music therapy, toy provisions and/or play therapy, animal therapy, museum presentations etc.)
- Provision, promotion and facilitation of educational and supportive programs regarding medical issues that affect children for the community, children, their parents and their healthcare providers.
- Existing community based pediatric programs which assist in accomplishing the above purposes.
Generally, the Foundation does NOT make grants to or for the following:
- Debt Restructure
- Capital-bricks and mortar
- Operational expenses of an organization
- Physician costs and healthcare expenses
- Grants to individuals
- For profit organizations or programs
- Government Programs
- Grants to one organization to be passed to another
- Religious organizations
- Start-up costs
- Multi-year initiatives
- Direct medical costs
Cycle for Grants:
- Grants shall be awarded semi-annually in June and December.
- Grant applications are accepted between January 1st - May 15th for a June grant determination and July 1st - October 15th for a December grant determination.
Grant making capacity:
- The total grant funding available is set by the board each year.
- Only one active grant per calendar year is permitted.
- Grant amounts vary and depend on many factors. Some important considerations include:
- Applicant organization’s program budget
- Amount of support received from other sources
- Grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000.
- The Foundation respectfully requests that no plaques or memorials be used without the Foundation’s approval and that press releases be cleared with the Foundation prior to distribution.
- If a grant is awarded, Grantee shall use the funds for the sole purpose outlined in the grant request, unless specifically authorized by the Foundation.
- Any unused grant monies should be returned to the Foundation at the end of the grant period, unless specifically authorized by the Foundation.
- Each grantee organization should submit a Grant Project Summary Report on the disposition of the funds and the most recent evaluation, results, findings or outcomes of the project within a year of the final payment of the grant.
- Application for repeat grants cannot be considered until the prior year’s Grant Project Summary Report is received.
- The Grant Project Summary Report should include:
- A brief (300 words or less) narrative on the completed project activities.
- A short statement (150 words or less) regarding the relative success of the project compared to the initial goals and any lessons learned during the project.
- Any data gathered during the project assessing satisfaction, increased capacity, effectiveness, outcomes, or measurable impact.
- Although not mandatory, we would welcome the inclusion of photographs, testimonials, materials produced for the project, or other “collateral” data that would further describe your activities during the project.
- The Summary Report should be signed and dated by the CEO/Executive Director or Board Chair.