Community foundation gives $42,900 in grants

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— Where there's a community need, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation is doing its best to offer monetary assistance. The foundation awarded 18 grants in the first quarter of 2000 totaling $42,904. It is the largest amount ever granted by YVCF in a quarterly competitive granting cycle.

The majority of the first quarter grants were awarded in the areas of health and human services and education.

"We had an impressive pool of applications this past round representing a wide variety of community efforts," said Tom Litteral, chairman of the grants committee. "The granting committee was impressed by the caliber of the projects and excited to be able to bring some of these efforts into fruition."

Health and human service projects that received grants were a traveling dental van for children, emergency funds for child-care fees, Hospice services, a seven-passenger van for residents of the Haven in Hayden and support for the Community Indicators project.

Grants for education projects totaled $15,600 and range from curriculum development and a science camp to scholarships and computer keyboards.

"The money we received from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation helps an enormous amount," said Mark Fischer, president of the Haven's board of directors. "We've very appreciative that the foundation sees fit to support what we're trying to do at the Haven. It's a very professional organization, and group of people. We appreciate the support."

The money was needed to help the board purchase a second emergency use vehicle for the seniors who reside at the assisted living center in Hayden, he said.

Although the YVCF is located in Steamboat Springs, the foundation has been working to award grants in areas outside of the city.

"We are a valleywide organization and want to see funds used in the outlying areas of the county as well as in Moffat County," YVCF president and CEO Dianna Sutton said. "We're excited to be able to fund projects in Hayden and Phippsburg and we encourage more requests in those areas."

Grants are funded by individual donors and by people who pay to join the Passport Club, a ski ticket purchasing program made possible by Steamboat Ski Corp.

"The grants we awarded in the first quarter are in response to community needs. As long as there are needs at this level, we'll continue to respond to them," Sutton said.

With $2 million in permanently endowed funds and an additional $1.4 million in temporary funds for special projects, the foundation has never been in a better position to support community projects. It set a goal for itself of raising its asset base to $15 million by 2005.

YVCF manages 73 funds on behalf of individuals, other non-profit organizations and local charitable activities.

Founded in 1979, the YVCF is designed to serve the community's philanthropic desires. The foundation develops annual and growing funds to support organizations and innovative programs that preserve traditions and maintain the character and integrity of the valley.

Applicants wishing to be considered for the next grant cycle should apply no later than May 15. Applications are available at the Bear River Center, 701 Yampa St., or by calling the foundation at 879-8632.

All charitable groups serving Routt and Moffat counties are encouraged to apply.


-- To reach Bryna Larsen, call 871-4205 or e-mail blarsen@amigo.net

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