Community Grants

The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation is pleased to offer our grant making process in a manner that is both flexible and user friendly. Please take time to read the guidelines in its entirety as well as the Grant FAQs. They provide helpful information that will make the process easier.


Mission

The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation exists to reduce the human and economic impact of cancer on the citizens of El Paso County through the financial support and development of effective programs for cancer patients and their families.

Since our inception, the Foundation has granted over $4 million to organizations that work in the areas of support services, quality of life, treatment and diagnostic and prevention programs.


Call us at the Foundation, 915-562-7660, should you have any questions.

Funding Policies

To be eligible for funding, programs must:

  • Focus on the Foundation's mission
  • Encourage collaboration and eliminate duplication of services
  • Address new and emerging needs or incorporate new approaches to meeting current needs
  • Demonstrate vision, action, effectiveness, good management, and quality
  • Applicant organizations must be non-profit and tax exempt and must qualify under IRS status 501(c) (3) or Section 170 (c)
  • Provide proof of exemption status is required

The Foundation does not fund:

  • Cancer research
  • Requests outside El Paso County
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Projects over 5 years in duration
  • Endowment funds
  • Organizations that are political or partisan in purpose
  • Past operating deficits

Grant FAQs

Yes, priority is given to:

  • Programs which mirror the direction and focus of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.
  • Projects where a moderate amount of grant money can have an impact.
  • Project that show collaboration with other organizations.

Yes, the Foundation generally does not consider grants asking for:

  • Cancer research
  • Requests outside El Paso County
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Projects over 5 years in duration
  • Endowment funds
  • Organizations that are political or partisan in purpose
  • Past operating deficits

The Board of Directors is responsible for approving all requests that have been researched and recommended by staff and advisory committees. Grants over $25,000 are paid incrementally; all others are paid at receipt of the properly executed contract.

Grant requests will be considered only from agencies located within or offering services to the citizens of El Paso County. Applicants must be exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Grants will generally not be made for annual campaigns, dinners or special events, capital campaigns or travel.

Most of our grants are between $5,000 and $25,000. However, larger grants are possible for critical community projects or emergencies, depending, of course, on availability of resources.

September 15 of each year

Some important issues to address include:

  • Does the project fill an unmet need?
  • Is the budget reasonable?
  • Does the request show collaboration with other organizations?
  • What is the reputation of the applying organization?

Grant Application

RGCF has upgraded to a web-based grant application process. The applications are due this year on Saturday, 16th Sep 2017

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Currently not accepting grant applications. Grant application is available on 15 August 2017

Grant Report

Grant reports are due 8 months after the grant is awarded.

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Currently accepting grant reports

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