Telluride Foundation Awards Grants to 75 Local Organizations
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Jan 06, 2014 | 2589 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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TELLURIDE –The end of the year brings an extra holiday gift to many local nonprofit organizations that serve the Telluride community and San Miguel County. On Monday, Dec. 30, the Telluride Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $900,000 in Community Grants to 75 regional nonprofits, bringing the total grants given in 2013 by the Foundation to over $2.7 million.

“The Community Grants program provides a significant investment in the community and affords critical funding to programs that not only make Telluride the special place it is, but also serve and support area residents that may be less fortunate,” said Dan Tishman, chair of the grants committee. “The community is fortunate to have such committed and generous donors, especially during the last few years of challenging economic times.”

In its 2013 annual Community Granting cycle, the Foundation received 84 applications seeking almost $1.2 million. The Foundation awarded grants to the majority of applicants that applied, and awards ranged from $1,900 to $50,000, with 28 percent going to human services; 25 percent funding arts and culture; 20 percent to early childhood development; 16 percent to education; 8 percent to athletic groups; and 3 percent to the environment/animals. Local groups receiving grant awards included organizations serving Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway, Norwood, Nucla and Naturita. The Telluride Foundation supports organizations in the community that serve the people who live or work in San Miguel County.

“The Grants Committee continues to improve its decision-making process each year, comparing and discussing program outcomes, evaluating financials and examining a number of key metrics, which measure financial sustainability, growth, and program effectiveness,” said Paul Major, president and chief executive officer of the Telluride Foundation. “By ensuring Community Grant dollars support high-performing nonprofits and effective programs, the Foundation remains accountable to our donors, the board and the community.”

“New this year, we invited organizations to submit a three-minute video explaining why they needed and how they would use grant funding,  "said April Montgomery, programs director at the Telluride Foundation. "We received some wonderfully creative videos from the groups that chose to participate, and believe that some organizations found it to be a fun new way to share their story and demonstrate their impact.”

The Telluride Foundation’s Community Grant award recommendations are drafted by the seven-member grants committee, all of whom sit on the foundation’s board of directors. The committee evaluates the grant requests against a rigorous set of criteria and forwards their slate of recommendations to the full board for review and final approval. The grants committee is comprised of Tishman, Richard Betts, Davis Fansler, Allan Gerstle, Megan McManemin, Joanne Brown, and Susan Saint James. Their recommendations were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on Dec. 30. The Foundation’s next round of local grant applications will be due in October, 2014 and will be announced at the end of December, 2014.

In addition to its annual Community Grant awards, the Foundation has continued to expand its funding and the reach of its initiative-based granting programs such as the Telluride Venture Accelerator, the Tri-County Health Network, Bright Futures Early Childhood Development Fund, the family emergency Good Neighbor Fund, its Paradox Community Development Initiative, and the Special Initiatives Grant Program.

The 2013 Telluride Foundation Grants Include:

• Pinhead Institute, Inc. was awarded $13,000 to support science educational programs.

• 7th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center, DBA The Dolphin House, was awarded $12,000 to provide assistance to victims of abuse in the San Miguel watershed area.

• Ah Haa School For The Arts received $18,500 for general operating support.

• Angel Baskets Inc. received $5,000 for general operating support.

• Arts Community and Education (ACE) of Norwood received $4,000 for general operating support.

• Basin Clinic, Inc. was awarded $12,500 to provide sliding scale indigent care.

• Bright Futures was awarded $15,000 for the Parents as Teachers Program.

• CASA of the Seventh Judicial District Inc., d/b/a Voices for Children received $3,500 for recruiting and supervising volunteers in San Miguel and west Montrose counties.

• Colorado Avalanche Information Center was awarded $4,000 to support avalanche forecasting in the Telluride region.

• Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was awarded $5,000 to build a sustainable trail to El Diente Peak.

• District R2J Library District #2 dba Norwood Public Library was awarded $2,500 for technical assistance.

• Haven House of Montrose, Inc (dba Haven House) was awarded $2,000 to provide assistance to families in San Miguel, west Montrose and Ouray counties.

• Hilltop Community Resources' Tri County Resources was awarded $8,000 to increase accessibility to advocacy, shelter & safehouse services for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault who live in Ouray and San Miguel counties.

• ICAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Techn was awarded $7,500 to provide outreach for the San Miguel Power Partners program.

• Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival $2,000 to support the annual Fiber Arts Festival.

• Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center was awarded $18,000 to provide general operating support, including emergency crisis services, sliding fee scale, and uninsured benefit package.

• Montrose Regional Library District was awarded $9,000 to provide after school, Friday, and summer educational programming.

• Mountain Munchkins Child Care and Preschool was awarded $26,500 to support infant operating expenses, continuing education, and scholarships.

• Mountain Sprouts Preschool was awarded $10,000 for general operating support and specialty programming.

• Mountainfilm Ltd was awarded $20,000 for general operating support.

• National Film Preserve "Film Festival" was awarded $20,000 to help underwrite the Nugget Theater.

• Norwood Fire Protection District, EMS Service was awarded $4,000 to support the emergency treatment and transport of low-income and indigent individuals.

• Norwood School District was awarded $4,000 for diversity and anti-bullying programming.

• One to One San Miguel Mentoring was awarded $40,000 for general operating support and technical assistance on fundraising.

• Ouray and San Miguel County WIC Program $2,500 was awarded for the 2014 Farmer's Market Nutrition Program.

• Ouray County Food Pantry, Inc.was awarded  $3,000 to support the Ouray County Food Pantry.

• Ouray County Performing Arts Guild was awarded $3,000 to support art performances for families and children.

• Ouray County Public Health/Homemaker Program was awarded $5,000 to support residents over 60 years of age or with disabilities, enabling them to remain in their homes.

• Ouray County Schools Community Resource Consortium/"Voyager" was awarded $13,500 for general operating support.

• Palm Arts Inc. was awarded $14,000 to support dance scholarships, Palm Theatre programming and general operating.

• Paradox Valley Charter School was awarded $9,500 to support arts and academic focused after school programs.

• Rainbow School and Daycare Center Inc. was awarded $30,000 for tuition assistance.

• Reach Out And Read Colorado was awarded $1,900 to support the Reach Out and Read program in San Miguel and west Montrose counties.

• Region 10 Economic Assistance and Planning was awarded $50,000 to provide coordinated services to seniors and disabled adults in west San Miguel and Montrose counties.

• Rico Preschool was awarded $3,000 for general operating support.

• Ridgway Elementary School was awarded $2,000 to provide scholarships for extended day preschool and kindergarten.

• Ridgway School District R-2 was awarded $6,500 to support the Learn to Ski program.

• San Juan Field School was awarded $6,000 to support winter programs, the Telluride Avalanche School, and the Community Avalanche Awareness Program.

• San Miguel and Ouray Counties Juvenile Diversion Program was awarded $10,000 for general operating support.

• KOTO was awarded $19,000 to enhance daily news coverage and to develop and implement public affairs programming.

• San Miguel Resource Center was awarded $39,900 for general operating support.

• Second Chance Humane Society was awarded $9,000 to fund prevention, outreach, and education programs to reduce regional pet overpopulation.

• Sheridan Arts Foundation was awarded $18,500 to support nonprofit rental subsidies and the Young People's Theater scholarship fund.

• Telluride Academy was awarded $28,500 for tuition assistance for Academy summer and after school programming and for operating support for after school programming.

• Telluride Adaptive Sports Program was awarded $22,500 for instructor and volunteer training, scholarships for low income residents, and the Disability Awareness Program.

• Telluride Aids Benefit Inc was awarded $6,500 to provide regional free HIV testing and student education programs.

• Telluride Arts was awarded $25,000 to maintain programming and implement the Telluride Arts District.

• Telluride Avalanche Dogs was awarded $1,000 to support the avalanche dogs.

• Telluride Chamber Music Association was awarded $6,000 for general operating support.

• Telluride Choral Society was awarded $5,000 for general operating support.

• Telluride Community Television (Telluride TV) was awarded $15,000 for general operating support and $10,000 for equipment and space renovations.

• Telluride Early Childhood Center was awarded $20,000for working family scholarships, parent education, and quality improvements.

• Telluride Education Foundation dba We R-1 was awarded $12,500 to support Program and Teacher Magnet Grants and Community Outreach Programs.

• Telluride Historical Museum was awarded $12,500 for general operating support.

• Telluride Lizard Heads was awarded $6,000 for general operating support.

• Telluride Mountain Club was awarded $4,000 for the Community Climbing Wall Program, the Regional Trails Initiative, and general operating support.

• Telluride Mountain School was awarded $10,000 for financial aid.

• Telluride Nordic Association was awarded $5,000 for trail maintenance, equipment and technical assistance.

• Telluride Preschool was awarded $12,000 for scholarships, teacher salaries, and technical assistance.

• Telluride R-1 School District $5,000 was awarded to support a pilot Entrepreneurship Class at Telluride High School. 

• Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club was awarded $20,000 for financial assistance for low-income youth and for programming.

• Telluride Society For Jazz was awarded $12,500 for general operating support.

• Telluride Theatre was awarded $16,000 to support the 2014 season and the ACTions education programs.

•Telluride Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $4,000 to help fund the annual Chief's Banquet.

• Telluride Youth Lacrosse Association was awarded $2,000for general operating support.

• Telluride Youth Soccer Club was awarded $6,500 for general operating support.

• The Wright Stuff Community Foundation was awarded $40,000 for general operating expenses.

• Toddler Town of Telluride was awarded $10,000 for general operating support and quality improvements.

• Top of the Pines, Inc. was awarded $2,000 for road and trail signage.

• Tri-County Health Network was awarded $19,400 for general operating support, including increased participation in outreach programs, improved clinical outcomes, and movement toward sustainable funding.

• Uncompahgre Medical Center was awarded $20,000 to provide subsidized dental care for underserved children and adults.

• Uncompahgre Volunteer Legal Aid was awarded $5,000 for general operating support.

• Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Technical assistance for financial and Quickbooks technical assistance.

• University Centers of the San Miguel was awarded $10,000 for general operating support.

• Weehawken Creative Arts was awarded $14,000 for general operating and programming support and technical assistance with your collaboration efforts.

• West End Family Link Center was awarded $10,000 for general operating support and technical assistance on financials.

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