Nonprofit leaders fist-bumped, rather than high-fived, members of the Breckenridge Town Council Jan. 14 as they paraded through the chambers collecting checks to help with operational costs, marketing and more in 2014.
While they kept a lid on the spread of germs, the council did spread some excitement, celebrating the annual presentation of the grant money. The town grant program funding is available to area nonprofits that present events or cultural programs, or provide human services.
“We are humbled by your passion, your commitment, and we are happy to give you this money,” Mayor John Warner said.
Councilmembers Jennifer McAtamney, Mike Dudick, Mark Burke and Ben Brewer handed out checks totaling $260,600 to 30 area nonprofits as part of the 2014 Grants Program.
Organizations may apply under two categories: marketing, for organizations or events that attract visitors to Breckenridge, and human services, for community-service organizations. Applicants must provide proof of nonprofit status and apply through the county-wide common grant process, which occurs annually in September. The town has been providing funding through a grant process since 1986.
In addition to the grant process, the town budgeted $28,000 for two scholarship programs: the Junior Athletes, administered by the Breckenridge Elite Athletes organization; and Summit High School Seniors.
Other nonprofits supported by the town include the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Breckenridge day care and preschool facilities for scholarships and GoBreck for town-wide marketing programs. Breckenridge also provides support through individual departments for various nonprofit programs affiliated with those departments, as well as in-kind services for a variety of organizations.
As he handed out some of the checks, Burke said, “You think about all of the good people in this room do, and if the town tried to do it all on our own, it would be millions of dollars.”