LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY FUND ALLOCATES $65,000 TO 23 COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community and Copper Mountain Resort Grants Announced
We are excited to report that the Lake County Community Fund Board of Directors met April 5 to determine two significant 2022 grant awards—the Lake County Community Grant and the Copper Mountain Resort Award.
The Board awarded $40,000 to 18 Lake County nonprofit organizations as part of the Community Grants and $25,000 to five nonprofits under the Copper Mountain Resort grant program.
In addition to the generous grant from POWDR and Copper Mountain Resort, generous support from Lake County, the City of Leadville, and more than 240 corporate, foundation, and individual donors have made this grant program possible.
Recipients were selected from a tremendously qualified and deserving pool of applicants through a robust and competitive grant review process.
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
Copper Mountain Resort Grant
In 2020, thanks to a four-year $200,000 gift from Copper Mountain Resort and POWDR, a new $25,000 annual grant-making program was initiated to fund projects which include the following criteria:
- Outdoor adventure education
- Development of lifetime sports skills
- Environmental causes
The objective of this grant is to inspire a healthy adventure lifestyle among Lake County youth, promote lifetime sports, and to support environmental causes.
The Board of Directors is pleased and honored to announce the recipients of the Lake County Community Fund’s 2022 Grant Awards:
Lake County Community Awards
Advocates of Lake County: Awarded $3,000 to cover upkeep and to ensure that facilities remain operational to support victims of violence.
Buena Vista Rotary: Awarded $1,200 to fund the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for children in Lake County. This program provides an age appropriate book to every child ages 0-5, every month until they reach age five in an effort to promote and enable the advantages of early childhood literacy.
Full Circle of Lake County: Awarded $1,000 to fund the purchase of kitchen equipment in support of the new building and office renovation. The completed kitchen will provide a facility for youth, family, and immigrant programs to prepare meals.
St. George’s Episcopal Church: Awarded $9,221 to help outfit the new commercial kitchen with key items such as an electric cooling/steaming table as well as several small utensils, including pots, pans, and knives. The new kitchen at St. George will function as a hub for Lake County residents to access wholesome, nourishing foods.
Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation: Awarded $1,195 to fund the celebratory September 2022 end of season open house at the Tabor Opera House in Leadville. This open house will provide free building tours to everyone within the community as well as visitors.
Planned Pethood Leadville: Awarded $1,200 to fund affordable access to pet healthcare for all Lake County community members such as free and affordable spay and neuter procedures, as well as funding to vaccinate pets.
National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame: Awarded $2,500 to support the creation of a new children’s bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive mining exhibit.
Colorado Learning Connections: Awarded $2,000 to fund tutoring for 7th-11th grade students in partnership with the Lake County School District and Project Dream to improve academic performance. This support will help more students graduate high school.
Chaffee Housing Trust: Awarded $1,000 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.
CASA of the Continental Divide: Awarded $3,735 to provide funding for a Lake County coordinator, and coaching and training for all Lake County Child Advocate Volunteers. CASA’s mission is to strengthen families and communities through trauma-informed advocacy, support and services.
Lake County School District: Awarded $1,195 to purchase versatile and reusable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) equipment in the form of rocket launchers and Sphero robot balls. The equipment will be primarily used by all Lake County Intermediate Students, grades third through sixth and after-school programs Project Dream (K-6th), the Mobile Learning Center, Get Outdoors Leadville, and school district family learning nights.
Lake County Public Library Summer Reading Program: Awarded $1,500 to purchase materials to support specific programming initiatives, craft and project supplies, and a variety of engagement incentives.
Solvista Health: Regional Assessment Center Transportation Program: Awarded $1,800 to assist with transporting patients when care needs necessitate to and from the Regional Assessment Center.
Leadville Dance Academy: Awarded $800 to help create a professional, safe, and accessible studio environment with mirrors, barres, sprung dance flooring, and tumbling equipment to best instruct students.
Lideres Latino Americanos: Awarded $3,200 to support the traditional holiday community event, Posadas, which is celebrated throughout Latin America. Latino leaders will celebrate this event with the community of Leadville because it is a way to included people from other cultures.
Cloud City High School Mural and Mentorship Program: Awarded $1,500 to support students in in the planning and production of a large mural at Cloud City High School as part of the School to Work Alliance Program. This is an opportunity to directly engage students in various art-based careers including mural painting, tattooing, scenic painting, theatre, and project management.
Bright Start Learning Center: Awarded $2,500 to fund operating costs associated with running an early childhood education center for Lake County children.
PB Swims: Awarded $698 to acquire an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Leadville National Fish Hatchery and for the Water Safety Education station at the 2022 Pathways to Fishing event. The AED will be kept on site at the Fish Hatchery.
Copper Mountain Resort Awards
Cloud City Mountain Sports: Awarded $5,000 to provide scholarships to youth skiers from Lake County with the objective to grow the diversity of programs and teach a new generation of Leadville children to love to be outside in the winter. The funding will provide rental equipment for alpine and nordic skiers as well lift passes and tuition.
Cloud City Conservation Center: Awarded $7,000 to fund the construction of a covered outdoor education space. This new addition will include a second high tunnel and increased storage space at the Cloud City Farm.
Get Outdoors Leadville!: Awarded $10,000 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.
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.
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association: Awarded $2,000 to fund the development a Campsite Collector App for camping management of more than 1,000 campsites in Lake County. The Campsite Collector App will serve all public lands in Lake County, focusing on dispersed camping areas because they generate the highest concern about negative impacts to natural resources and user experiences.