$100,000 in Community Grant Funding Distributed

Community Grants for the Environment was our board’s designated theme for competitive grants this year. The focus of funding was to encourage recycling and reuse of materials, increase composting, decrease food waste, and engage young people in learning and leadership projects. We are pleased to announce funding for 15 local projects to protect and enhance our environment in Western Colorado.
These grants are part of our Community Foundation’s commitment to expand funding for conservation, outdoor recreation and the environment (CORE) issues.
Grants include:
Blue Star Recyclers – expand recycling in the Roaring Fork Valley
Citizens for Clean Air Grand Junction – ozone monitoring devices
Clean Energy Economy for the Region – renewable energy projects
Colorado Canyons Association – expand Nature Knowledge Days for 3rd graders
Eureka! McConnell Science Museum – youth leadership and stewardship initiative
Friends of Youth and Nature – Farm to School – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle program
Grand Valley Audubon Society – wetlands improvement and education project
LIFT-UP – composting program
Mesa County Libraries Foundation – Discovery Garden bioswales
Mesa County Valley School District 51 – pilot project to reduce food waste
North Fork Friends of Montessori Foundation – solar panel for Grannynomics
North Fork Valley Community Rights – reusable bags to reduce plastic bag use
R-5 High School – develop youth leaders through aquaponics and agriculture projects
Solar Energy International – energy efficient equipment to reduce energy consumption and education
Valley Organic Growers Association – agriculture education and community outreach

Our leadership work on the environment will be ongoing as we identify strategies and projects to address these important issues in our communities. For more information on our CORE Initiative, contact Chris Herrman at cherrman@wc-cf.org.

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