Garfield County grants $16,000 to local nonprofits

Board retains some discretionary funds for emergency requests later this year

November 16, 2020

Garfield County has awarded $16,000 to local nonprofits from the Board of County Commissioners’ Discretionary Grant Fund for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Among the grant recipients are Mods4Quads, Inc. ($1,000) to help launch a new website focused on assisting the neurologically challenged population to reduce isolation and improve health in Garfield County; New Castle Lions Club ($2,000) for new drop boxes for its Lions Optical Assistance Program (LOAP), which collects eyeglasses that are donated by the community and redistributes them to people with the same prescription who need glasses; Yampah Mountain High School ($3,000) for its outdoor education program, which develops outdoor, teamwork and leadership skills; Colorado River Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) career center ($5,000) for training and business internships for local students in technology, manufacturing and renewable energy fields, among others; and COVENTURE ($5,000) for business outreach in the Rifle area.

“We’ll have some funds available if any nonprofit comes in with an emergency request,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky.

The board had $27,500 remaining for the quarterly grant cycle, leaving $11,500 remaining should a nonprofit need arise later this year. The grants were approved unanimously, 3-0.