Over $42K awarded to community

— The Yampa Valley Community Foundation had a difficult time this year deciding how to allocate the $42,640 it had available to the $93,964 in grant requests.

"We focused on initiatives that include preschool support, programs for at-risk youth and risk behavior prevention," said Lisa Brown Gilbert, Yampa Valley Community Foundation program manager.

Strings in the Mountains: $4,000 for Family Youth and Concert Series

First Impressions: $5,000 for Quality Improvement Project

Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust: $2,500 for Yampa River Channel Stabilization and Riparian Rehabilitation Project in the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area

Tread of Pioneers Museum: $2,200 for Oral History Initiative

Steamboat Arts Council: $7,500 for general operating support

Yampa River Botanic Park: $1,090 for computer system upgrade

Emerald City Opera: $1,000 for education and community outreach

Steamboat Springs Youth Chamber Orchestra: $4,000 for student scholarships

Partners in Routt County: $5,000 for Healthy Lifestyles School-Based Mentoring Program

Soap Box Derby: $1,100 for the Derby's license fee

Hayden Development Center: $750 for Moffat County Child Care Quality Expansion Grant

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig: $5,000 for general operating expenses

The Foundation had $28,000 available to distribute during its first grant cycle that was raised from its passport program. The extra $14,640 came from donor advisers.

"We provide grant applications to people who have funds with us so they can decide what the needs are in the community and they can choose what they want to support," Gilbert said. "That is how we were able to grant over $42,000."

Jonathan Godes, the executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of Craig was excited to receive a $5,000 grant award for general operating expenses.

"When a great opportunity comes up to make a large impact, that general operating money of a significant value such as this can make an instant impact to a program and the organization," Godes said.

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig's community resources building is used by dozens of other groups for no charge, and by using some of this money to support the facility, it is able to support other nonprofits, as well.

"I feel very fortunate that (the Yampa Valley Community Foundation) has such a regional-wide impact with organizations, and have made a large impact with our organization in the last few years," Godes said.

Nancy Kramer, executive director for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, recently has seen a decrease in government funding for the arts. The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is helping to fill that gap.

"The Community Foundation has become such a huge part of expressing in our community the value of the nonprofit sector and specific programs provided through the nonprofit sector," Kramer said. "(The grant award) is a wonderful recognition of what we do by supporting the capacity overall and marketing the arts with our affiliates."

Kramer thinks that it is important that the Community Foundation be recognized for increasing its presence and activity in the community. "They are playing a critical role in maintaining the values in the community by supporting programs such as ours."

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