Routt County United Way distributes grants

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Routt County United Way recently announced how it is distributing $350,000 in grants.

United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said local organizations requested $446,000, which is down slightly from previous years, when requests ranged from $500,000 to $510,000.

The money allocated for this year’s granting cycle is going to 39 programs run by 30 organizations. A seven-person committee reviewed the applications and chose how the grants were distributed.

According to the United Way, 37 percent of the funds went to crisis response or safety net programs such as Steamboat Mental Health’s emergency crisis response system. The program’s funding was increased from $20,000 to $30,000 this year to further support suicide prevention.

Economic self-sufficiency programs received 22 percent of the available funds.

“The gap between what people get paid and what it takes to live here is pretty wide,” Stanford said.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps received $8,500 for their self-sufficiency program that offers skills and work experience to young people.

At-risk youth programs received 25 percent of the funding. The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs received $15,000 for a healthy lifestyles program.

Early childhood care programs received 16 percent of the funding. First Impressions of Routt County received $50,000 for early childhood programs.

$350,000 is the amount that was allocated for grants this year, but United Way still is working toward its goal of raising $525,000. Stanford said the organization has raised 78 percent of that goal.

Routt County United Way 2013 grant recipients

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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