LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND ALLOCATES $57,000 TO COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community and Copper Mountain Resort Grants
The Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met April 6 to determine two significant 2021 grant awards—the Lake County Community Grant and the Copper Mountain Resort Award.
The Board awarded $32,000 to 13 Lake County nonprofit organizations as part of the Community Grants and $25,000 to six nonprofits under the Copper Mountain Resort grant program.
The City of Leadville provided $9,000 in funding for the Lake County Community Grant awards.
Recipients were selected from a tremendously qualified and deserving pool of applicants through a robust and competitive grant review process.
Copper Mountain Resort Grant
In 2020, thanks to a four-year $200,000 matching gift from Copper Mountain Resort and POWDR, a new grant-making program was initiated to fund projects which include the following criteria:
- Outdoor adventure education
- Development of lifetime sports skills and
- Environmental causes
Lake County Community Grant
The Lake County Community Grant supports projects that fit within the following areas:
- Arts and Culture
- Community and Economic Development
- Education and Training
- Environmental Initiatives
- Health and Wellness
The Board of Directors is pleased and honored to announce the recipients of the 2021 Grant Awards:
Lake County Community Awards
Advocates of Lake County: Awarded $3,000 to cover the upkeep and utilities to ensure that the Safe House remains operational and able to act as a refuge for victims of violence.
Buena Vista Rotary: Awarded $500 to purchase 15 infant/child car seats in partnership with the Leadville Lake County Fire Rescue.
Full Circle of Lake County: Awarded $6,250 to fund a family resource support specialist. This represents a deepening and broadening of the work begun within Lake County’s Unmet Needs Committee, building on and beyond direct emergency relief to build stronger families in a post-pandemic world.
St. George’s Episcopal Church: Awarded $8,000 to fund the development of the Mobile Food Pantry. The Mobile Food Pantry will increase food security by addressing barriers to healthy food access such as transportation, affordability, and nutrition education.
Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation: Awarded $1,500 to fund the Tabor Youth Collective summer arts program. A collaboration of the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation and local/national artists, the program provides world-class summer arts education opportunities for the young people of Lake County.
Lake County Build a Generation: Awarded $1,000 to support the Health and Happiness Project which is bringing the Lake County community together to work on three critical, community-identified issues related to community health: affordable housing, quality child care for children under five years of age, and a living wage.
Planned Pethood Leadville: Awarded $1,500 to support the purchase of training materials and medical supplies for disease prevention and treatment of adoptable animals, including sponsoring at least one combined clinic for spay/neuter/vaccination of community pets.
National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame: Awarded $500 to commission Twin Lakes artist Lexie McMillen to paint an 8-foot high by 16-foot wide mural focused on Lake County’s mining heritage and mining’s future.
Colorado Learning Connections: Awarded $1,500. Colorado Learning Connections partners with Project Dream and the Lake County School District. This funding will support tutoring for 7th-11th grade students identified as being at high risk for grade retention.
Chaffee Housing Trust: Awarded $1,500 to support the bilingual Promotores Program which is designed to assist Lake County residents who need counseling on preparing their finances and applying for a mortgage.
St. Vincent Health: Awarded $1,000 to support the Cultural Health Navigator Training and Translation Support. The program is focused on eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in Lake County’s Hispanic/LatinX population. The goal is to remove barriers and improve health outcomes and quality of care for all people who require or desire medical care in Lake County.
CASA of the Continental Divide: Awarded $3,940 to fund coaching, training, and support for all Lake County Child Advocate Volunteers. CASA’s mission is to strengthen families and communities through trauma-informed advocacy, support and services.
Cloud City High School: Awarded $1,500 to support the development of the Career Readiness “Makerspace” within the Margaret Pitts campus where the Cloud City High School will be relocated in the fall of 2021. The makerspace will contain various career exploration activities designed to foster identified soft skills, such as group collaboration, group critical thinking, flexibility, self-regulation, and self-management.
Copper Mountain Resort Awards
The Center Early Childhood Programs: Awarded $2,000 to fund the learn–to–ski program for twenty pre-school aged children. The learn-to-ski program advances the goals of health and wellness, youth-oriented outdoor adventure education, and teaching lifetime sports skills.
Cloud City Conservation Center: Awarded $7,000 to fund the expansion of the community composting program and ensuring that it is accessible to everyone in our community.
Get Outdoors Leadville: Awarded $12,000 to support the Rockies Rock Summer Camp, an eight-week summer enrichment camp for 1st-8th grade youth. The program will teach human-powered outdoor recreation, placed-based environmental education, and character development.
Leadville Cross Country Ski Council: Awarded $1,000 to fund clubhouse improvements at the Mt. Massive Clubhouse. The Ski Council will provide free clinics to students and adults teaching them how to ski (both classic and skate skiing) along with fun races and social activities.
Cloud City Curling Club: Awarded $2,000 to fund upkeep and maintenance required on the equipment and facilities at the Huck Finn Ice Rink. This includes expanding the area where the ice sheets and retaining wall are built and the installation of lighting and shade structures.
Mt. Massive Golf Course: Awarded $1,000 to fund the “Golf for a Lifetime Campaign.” The objective is to introduce the sport of golf at no cost to all ages through multiple clinics and individual instruction. The funding will support the acquisition of equipment and professional instruction.