TELLURIDE –The Telluride Foundation Board of Directors awarded $901,200 in Community Grants to 70 regional nonprofits last week, bringing the total grants given in 2011 by the Foundation to over $2.2 million.
“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and the leadership of the board, the Telluride Foundation was able to distribute over $900,000 in grant awards,” said Brian O’Neill, chair of the Telluride Foundation. “The board was able to match the 2008 levels of grant awards, which is a considerable goal during these difficult economic time. We are extremely grateful to these generous donors who support the vital work that our community nonprofits and organizations do for all of us.”
In its 2011 annual granting cycle, the foundation received 86 applications seeking $1,597,694 and awarded grants to 71 of the 86 groups that applied. Awards ranged from $1,900 to $40,000, with 28 percent going to human services, 22 percent of the grants funding early childhood development, 19 percent to arts and culture, 18 percent to education, 8 percent to athletic groups, and 4 percent to the environment/animals.
Local groups receiving grant awards included organizations serving Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway, Norwood, Nucla, and Naturita. The Telluride Foundation supports many types of organizations in the community that serve the people who live or work in San Miguel County.
“The Grants Committee was again faced with some very difficult decisions this year, as the economy continues to take its toll on our western slope communities,” said Patricia Maxon, a member of the Grants Committee and last year’s chair. “Across the board, grant requests generally increased from last year, mainly a result of the economy. We believe the decisions we made are reflective of the true need of our nonprofits in these challenging economic times.”
Programs Director April Montgomery said the electronic grants application system worked smoothly this year and the foundation will continue to upgrade the system as software improves.
The Foundation plans to send out an electronic survey to all grant applicants during January to better understand how the foundation can continue to improve the electronic application system and grant making process.
The Telluride Foundation’s Community Grant award recommendations are drafted by the seven-member Grants Committee, all of who 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. Their recommendations were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on Dec. 29. The Foundation’s next round of local grants will be announced in December of 2012, with applications due Oct. 29, 2012.
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 Tri-County Health Network, Bright Futures Early Childhood Development Fund, the family emergency Good Neighbor Fund, the Immigrant Integration Initiative – One Telluride, and the Special Initiatives Grant Program.
For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit www.telluridefoundation.org.