West Elk area nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding to the West Elk Community Fund (WECF), a local community fund, managed by the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF). Qualified nonprofits must be a 501(c)(3) or other qualified charitable entity currently serving the North Fork Valley. The local West Elk Community Fund committee is prioritizing applications that involve collaboration and/or offer learning opportunities for community members and nonprofits. Applicants will be notified of their award status in early October.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Applications should be submitted through the WCCF website at wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking, by clicking "West Elk Community Fund" tab. For questions on the application process, contact Tedi Gillespie at tgillespie@wc-cf.org

The West Elk Community Fund was established as an endowed fund by local community leaders to build resources to help local nonprofits serving Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford and surrounding communities through the distribution of annual grants.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves seven counties in western Colorado, including Ouray, managing charitable funds for community good. Currently, the Community Foundation manages more than 265 charitable funds totaling $80 million in assets and awards over $3.4 million in grants and scholarships annually.