On November 1st, our regional Board of Directors approved $40,000 in grants to organizations across our region. Annually, our local steering committees and board members recommend grants in their counties to tackle unmet needs, provide seed funding for programs to start or expand, or help invest in innovative solutions to respond to community needs.
Our affiliates in Garfield County directed the following funding in their communities. The Rifle Community Foundation (RCF) recommended $3,000 for Reach-Out Colorado, whose mission is to connect those in need with solutions through programs like Totes of Hope, delivering weekly food bags to 250 elementary school students, and Angel Tree Christmas gifts to children in need. The RCF board also approved $2,000 for the Rifle Branch Library to support summer and Friday enrichment programs.
The Two Rivers Community Foundation (2RCF) board approved $5,000 for local programs, including a grant to the newly established Project PACK (Provide a Crisis Kit) that supplies backpacks with emergency supplies to kids in crisis. Other grants directed by 2RCF include Aspen Hope Center, Junior Achievement, Mountain Madrigals, Raising a Reader, River Bridge Regional Center, River Center and Windwalkers Equine Center
In Delta County, a total of $9,000 included funding for the newly established Kidz Clinic based at Delta County Elementary School and A Little Help North Fork which pairs volunteer community members with seniors that need help staying in their homes. Other Delta County grants include CASA of the 7th District – Delta County programs, Delta County Library District, and Girl Scouts – Delta County programs.
Grants in Cedaredge are supporting the Grand Mesa Nordic Council and Surface Creek Community Services.
In addition to A Little Help North Fork, Mountain Harvest Creative is receiving a grant to support agricultural education in honor of Bill Ela.
Our community grants also funded $2,000 to Lift-Up for programs in Parachute and Battlement Mesa. This funding helped increase the amount that our Mt. Callahan Fund had to distribute and was in recognition of our first and oldest geographic fund.