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Education Fund Board Grant Commission awards $105,000 to community groups

— The Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board Grant Commission tentatively awarded $105,000 to eight community groups Wednesday night.

The groups represented every community group grant request received by the Grant Commission for the 2015-16 school year.

The commission is an arm of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board and is tasked with doling out the proceeds of Steamboat's half-cent sales tax for education.

"Clearly not everybody is going to get everything," Commission chairperson Stuart Handloff said at the beginning of Wednesday's meeting. "Don't take this personally."

The groups asked for about $176,000 together, and during a three-hour meeting Wednesday, commission members heard from representatives from each group and then offered suggestions for funding levels.

Each group was funded a portion of the funding it requested, and no groups were funded their full grant requests.

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The following groups applied for and received funding from the Grant Commission:

Book Trails: In its first grant application with the commission, the group requested $11,000 to provide about 30 scholarships for English Language Learner students to attend its weeklong summer reading program. The group instead was funded $1,500 for scholarships.

Integrated Community: In its first request for funding from the commission, the group asked for $20,000 to help sustain and build upon existing programs for English Language Learner students in Steamboat schools, including interpretation, helping students with work permits and tutoring. The group was funded $7,000 to be used for its tutoring programs.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide: In the organization's first request for funding, it requested $4,000 for educational programs and support related to suicide prevention. REPS was awarded $1,000.

Partners in Routt County: The mentor-matching program requested $50,500, citing the Education Fund Board as a critical resource in the past. It was funded $40,000.

Yampa Valley Science School: The weeklong program science education program for sixth-graders asked for $35,000, also citing the EFB as a critical source of funding, and received $29,000.

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra: The group asked for $7,800 to help with the cost of personnel for its education outreach programs. It was awarded $3,000.

Yampatika: The group requested just less than $40,000 to fund personnel, equipment and supplies for its environmental literacy program. The group was awarded $22,000.

STEAMboat Robotics and Coding: The group requested $5,925 for high school level robotics kits and scholarships. The group was awarded $1,500.

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