County awards $25,000 in discretionary grants

Includes $5,000 toward UpRoot Colorado’s effort to bolster LIFT-UP food banks

May 18, 2020

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Qualifying local nonprofits and organizations have received a combined $25,000 in second-quarter discretionary grants from Garfield County. The Board of County Commissioners approved six requests from local nonprofits May 11, as well as a joint request from the Garfield County Public Library District and Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to improve access to internet services.

Nonprofit recipients of second-quarter grants are Liberty Classical Academy – $5,000 toward its theatre arts program; the Youth Water Leadership Program – $2,500 to fund watershed literacy for local students; Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra – $2,500 to help cover scholarships for music lessons and training; the Lower Valley Trail Association (LOVA) – $5,000 toward its trail-building efforts between Glenwood Springs and New Castle through South Canyon; and West Elk Trails – $2,500 for winter recreation trails management expenses for the 2020-21 season.

UpRoot Colorado was also awarded $5,000 for gleaning efforts to collect fresh fruits and vegetables from Garfield County’s farms, backyard gardens and fruit trees to dispense to LIFTUP food pantries.

The library district and CMC were awarded $2,500 toward launching a Wi-Fi hotspot-lending program that assists residents and students without internet access. The effort creates 45 hotspots with data; the library district and CMC in Rifle are providing $5,000 and $2,500 respectively for this program. The hotspots are loaned to customers in a similar manner as books are lent.

The discretionary grants were approved unanimously, 3-0. These quarterly grants, which are available to local nonprofits and governmental entities, are capped at $5,000. The county allocated $120,000 for 2020 out of its discretionary grant fund. The $25,000 the board awarded, coupled with $27,500 in first quarter discretionary grants in February, leaves a balance of $67,500 in the fund for the third and fourth quarters.