$204,013 was awarded to Routt and Moffat County nonprofits

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) has completed its 2019 Community Grant Cycle. A total of $204,013 has been community grant cyclegranted to Routt and Moffat County nonprofits. This funding comes from three local sources: donor-advised funds (DAF) held at YVCF, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation via the Passport Club program, and YVCF granting endowments. The Community Grant Cycle reflects YVCF’s desire to be innovative, inclusive and responsive to the needs in the Yampa Valley.

YVCF received applications from fifty-three nonprofit organizations requesting a total of $254,191. Forty-seven nonprofit organizations received full or partial funding towards their requests.

Highlights from the 2019 YVCF Grant Cycle:

South Routt Recreation Association (SRRA) requested and was awarded $15,000 for the Oak Creek Mountain Park. This beloved 165 south routt projectmountainous acres is located just west of Oak Creek and is used by hikers, runners, equestrians, and bikers. For the past 15 years, the Garrity family, owners of this property, developed trails and invited friends to use them. The park was not advertised but they did encourage their friends to bring other friends. Just by word of mouth, thousands of people now show up every year to hike, bike and ride horses.

Mary Alice Page-Allen, Oak Creek’s town administrator and clerk, considers the park a treasure for the public and a “crown jewel” for Oak Creek. She explained that the Oak Creek Mountain Park is a very valuable resource for the community, the region and everyone that visits Oak Creek. The park brings diversity to Oak Creek, which has historically been a coal-mining town. The recreational aspect of this park makes this family-friendly town more attractive to existing and new families, as well as visitors.

Combined funding from the Town of Oak Creek, the Yampa Valley Land Trust and other significant grants including the Gates Family Foundation, the Rural Economic Development Initiative, Routt County and now the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, is making the purchase of this property possible. Although YVCF’s contribution was minimal comparatively, Mary Alice states, “that the YVCF grant is providing the crucial last piece of funding to bring this project to fruition. Additionally, this award represents the support of our local community, giving approval and encouragement to Oak Creek and all who have been involved with this project.” Lastly, the Garrity family, via their generosity and willingness to see this park become a reality, need to be recognized for their sacrifice in accommodating this transaction.

The goal behind the SRRA is mutual between all parties. That is to acquire and establish a publically accessible recreational area while maintaining its natural ecosystem.

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) was awarded $5,000 to be applied towards their new Nursing Degree program. This program is to serve the immediate and future needs of the Yampa Valley region healthcare workforce. The money will be used to provide two Nursing Scholarships averaging $2,375 each and a small portion towards Administrative Support, $255. CMC Foundation scholarships ensure equitable access to nursing professionals across all economic levels for students at the Steamboat CMC campus. The first semester of the program will begin in January 2020.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) was awarded $5,000 to help support staff salary and time for programming in both Routt and Moffat Counties. It’s their mission to preserve, protect and promote life by providing the Yampa Valley with a group of trained volunteers, collaborative initiatives, educational programs, compassionate survivor-care, and proactive suicide prevention.

Craig Concert Association (CCA) was awarded $4,000. This all-volunteer organization has been bringing quality performers to Craig for over 60 years. The performances range from classical and jazz to very family-oriented entertainment. Their grant request was to cover the expense of hosting the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater this October 2019. The CCA is the only nonprofit in Moffat County providing this type of cultural experience in Craig.

Steamboat Skating Club was awarded $5,000 to provide partial scholarships for families who otherwise could not afford fees for skating club programs. Ice time alone is $1,500 per year for each team skater. Programs include Learn to Skate, three club teams, and an annual theater on ice show. The program serves children in Steamboat, Oak Creek, Craig, and Hayden. The program recently evolved from being competition focused to have more of an inclusive and artistic focus.

The 2019 YVCF Community Grant Cycle opened May 13th and closed July 12th, 2019. The annual grant cycle is an opportunity for YVCF to educate itself regarding the current needs in the Yampa Valley. Grant proposals are researched and analyzed by the Grants Committee, which is comprised of local community volunteers and YVCF Board of Trustees members. Grants are awarded to organizations and programs that best demonstrate an impact on community needs.

For a complete list of nonprofits and organizations funded through the grant cycle visit: https://yvcf.org/non-profits/grants/

How you can help:

1. Donate to the YVCF Community Grant Endowment to support future grant cycles: https://yvcf.org/forever/

2. Apply to serve on the 2020 grants committee by emailing info@yvcf.org or  helen@yvcf.org .

3. Join the Sleeping Giant Society by including the Yampa Valley Community Foundation as a beneficiary of a gift from your estate and notify us of your plan. Learn more: https://yvcf.org/donors/legacy/