Eighteen area nonprofit organizations from four counties — Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Eagle — were awarded a total of $600,000 in grants from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. Recipients were recognized at a presentation held on Tuesday, April 29, at the Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus.
The 2014 grant recipients in Summit County include:
Blue River Watershed Group — $50,000
Funds will provide for continued restoration activity on 1,200 feet of the Ten Mile Creek in Summit County. The improvements will help to sustain long-term benefits to the stream as well as downstream users through stream-flow improvement, additional wetlands and increased floodplain connectivity enhancing the overall habitat, scenery and recreational opportunities on this portion of Ten Mile Creek.
Bristlecone Foundation — $10,000
The grant will fund the implementation of a Meditech Electronic Health Record System, which will improve patient care and safety, reduce hospital readmissions and provide health care resources in underserved rural areas that lack access to care. The new system will support medical visits to homebound patients, increasing their ability to remain in their homes through access to basic health care needs.
CASA of the Continental Divide — $10,000
Program funding will support CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in creating a social media strategy to improve the organization’s overall Web and social media presence. The increased presence will provide opportunities to promote the mission and vision of the organization, while encouraging volunteerism in the region and ultimately protection and advocacy for children that supports their productive growth and development.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative — $10,000
The grant will support the ongoing efforts of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s “Adopt a Peak” program, which seeks to engage volunteers in the maintenance of hiking trails on the 14,000-foot peaks located in Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Eagle counties. The resulting trail reconstruction, restoration and maintenance allow thousands of hikers to enjoy these trails, providing increased economic activities and improved environmental sustainability.
Easter Seals Colorado — $10,000
This grant will help with continued support of Camp Summit and its effort to serve children with disabilities and their families through a specialized summer camp. The program will also provide continued workforce skills training for Summit County educators and recreational staff to improve their ability to serve this population.
High Country Conservation Center — $40,000
Funds will support the expansion of a student-run farm-share program. Working with students from Colorado Mountain College, the project will include building a new community greenhouse at the Breckenridge campus, while engaging students in local food production. The project meets a need for fresh, healthful food grown sustainably, locally and readily available in Summit County, particularly for low-income families.
Keystone Science School — $30,000
The Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health (CATCH) Kids Club will be funded to assist Keystone Science School in providing affordable, quality afterschool care for elementary-age children. This afterschool program is designed to promote healthy physical activity and educate program participants in the areas of health and nutrition. In addition, the program allows working parents an opportunity to improve job security by increasing the capacity to work full days and reducing the stress of finding consistent afterschool care.
Summit Community Care Clinic — $87,500
The grant will assist in the development of an electronic application process to help enhance insurance outreach by providing staff to assist uninsured patients in enrolling in Medicaid or purchasing marketplace insurance products. This will help to improve the efficiency and long-term sustainability of the clinic by reducing the backlog of patients. Staff will also receive additional training allowing for more cross-coverage of positions, providing further efficiencies and stability for the clinic and, in turn, improving health care for the patients.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado — $10,000
Funds will be used to support the 2014 Central Mountains Outdoor Stewardship Projects and the effort to engage local citizens in environmental stewardship projects in Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Eagle counties.
More information may be obtained by contacting Tara Hosick at Tara_Hosick@fmi.com or (303) 960-8048.
For more on funding opportunities and the projects supported, visit www.FreeportInMyCommunity.com.