Rocky Mountain Health Foundation gives over $45,000 to Grand County nonprofits |

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation gives over $45,000 to Grand County nonprofits

Sky-Hi News staff report

Three Grand County nonprofits received over $45,000 in grant funding to better serve the community’s health needs.

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, a health nonprofit that serves the western counties of Colorado, announced its second round of 2019 grant winners, including Mountain Family Center, the Grand County Rural Health Network and the Colorado Lions KidSight Program.

In total, Rocky Mountain Health Foundation awarded $450,000 to 33 health nonprofits for projects all across the Western Slope.

Mountain Family Center received $16,500 for general operating expenses for basic needs programs, such as the food pantry and thrift store, that help underserved families.

The Grand County Rural Health Network’s grant will fund a patient navigator, who helps locals figure out what services are available to them and at a price they can afford. The rural health network received $23,500 for a patient navigator in Grand and Jackson counties.

Finally, the Colorado Lions KidSight Program got $6,500 to offer vision screenings to children ages six months to six years in several counties, including Grand. The program aims to provide 10,000 children with vision screenings and follow-ups.

Currently, Rocky Mountain Health Foundation is taking applications for its 2020 grant cycle, when it plans to hand out $1.5 million to Western Slope health nonprofits. Applications are due Jan. 10.

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