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North Routt Community Fund

North Routt Community Fund: Now Accepting Applications

The North Routt Community Fund was established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation for the purpose to benefit North Routt County, Colorado.  Only grant requests for charitable purposes that have a public benefit will be considered. Programs and services that receive funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation shall not include any political or religious intentions. Grants up to $5,000 will be considered for funding. Successful grant proposals should:
  • Demonstrate impact in the North Routt County
  • Define the process used to measure impact and evaluate expected results
  • Effectively demonstrate collaboration within the community
  • Exhibit best organizational and financial practices
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WHILD STORIES: Missy Dressen… Leading Across Boundaries!!

WHILD STORIES: Missy Dressen… Leading Across Boundaries!! By Michael Osterman Collaboration is not a word being used very frequently these days.  Yet without the partnership formed between various governmental agencies and private landowners, Routt County would not be seeing the many benefits of the work being done to improve wildlife habitat.  Respectively, the local US Forest staff of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest has utilized the Good Neighbor Authority to coordinate with the Colorado State Forest Service and private landowners.  Perhaps the best example of how this has been achieved is the Steamboat Front. The Steamboat Front comprises almost 25,000 ...
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YVCF is seeking members to serve on the South Routt Education Endowment Granting Committee

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is seeking residents of the South Routt community to serve on the South Routt Education Endowment Fund Granting Committee. The grant committee must include a minority representation of South Routt School Staff members, including up to one member from the South Routt School Board. The purpose of the fund is to provide a permanent endowment to support Pre-K through 12th Grade within the geographic boundaries of the South Routt School District.  Following the terms of the endowment fund, the goal of the endowment is to reach $1M before annual distributions are made.  The granting committee will ...
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YVCF Awards $211,300 in Scholarships to Local Students

Scholarships were awarded to students at, Yampa Valley High School, Steamboat Springs High School, Moffat County High School, Soroco High School, Hayden High School, Meeker High School, and Colorado Mountain College. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) awarded scholarships totaling $211,300 to 108 students to attend college, university, post-graduate studies or trade school next year. Of the scholarships awarded, 123 went to graduating seniors from the Class of 2020, with the remaining 50 awarded as scholarship renewals for past recipients or special scholarships. YVCF manages 24 named scholarships with a variety of criteria for awards. New this year, the Belton ...
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DONOR SPOTLIGHT – ROB AND ELLEN RACE

On a recent cool summer morning, Ellen Race found herself on one of her favorite hiking trails, reflecting on the close-to-home outdoor access we are fortunate to enjoy in the Yampa Valley. "I never get tired of, or fail to appreciate, the joy of a simple walk through the woods surrounded by peace and tranquility," she said, noting this is one reason she and her husband Rob chose to donate to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. The Fund was established at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to provide a permanent endowment to support non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance projects on ...
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Trail use surges & volunteer efforts are limited: the time is now to support our trails 

Trail use surges & volunteer efforts are limited: the time is now to support our trails  The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund is launching the first "Meter Match" challenge, encouraging visitors and locals to support trails that have seen a surge in use since COVID-19. In addition to dramatically increased pressure on local trails, volunteer organizations' efforts that typically complete trail work have been limited or completely halted.  The $15,000 Meter Match will support maintenance efforts and prevent our treasured trails from falling into disrepair. According to a survey by American Trails, work and maintenance on trails nationally have been significantly impacted ...
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GRAHAM MUIR – 2020 INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Graham “Bush” Muir is well-known among those he coaches at his Manic Training gym as someone who will push you to your limits and beyond. He is a hard driver with a work ethic and intrinsic motivation beyond compare. But it is Graham’s innate desire to help those in need and capacity to create a movement, an opportunity to do good, out of seemingly ordinary situations that truly defines who he is. Yampa Valley Community Foundation recently surprised Graham at his training facility, presenting him with the recognition as the 2020 Individual Philanthropist of the Year. Graham and his wife ...
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