Copper Mountain Environmental Foundation accepting grant applications |

Copper Mountain Environmental Foundation accepting grant applications

COPPER MOUNTAIN – If you’re working to make Summit County a little greener, Copper Mountain wants to help.

The resort just announced the beginning of the 2010 grant cycle for the Copper Environmental Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to the environmental sustainability of Copper, Frisco and the surrounding areas.

Copper employees created the Copper Environmental Foundation in November 2007 with a long-term goal to support environmental initiatives in the Summit County area. Employees voluntarily contribute to the fund through payroll deduction, and Copper provides a 100 percent match to all employee contributions. A committee of Copper employees decides grant awards.

The Copper Environmental Foundation supports projects that promote environmental sustainability through education, scientific research or community-based initiatives in the local mountain community. To date, the fund has granted more than $30,000 to local community groups and schools.

The foundation’s spring 2010 grant cycle continues with a focus on providing funding for youth (ages 5-18) environmental programs or projects in Summit and Lake Counties. Projects should have environmental education or action components and should have a positive impact on the local community. Projects with the potential to be replicated or continued in future years are strongly encouraged. Grant requests are considered annually. To request a grant application, e-mail or visit to download an application.

The foundation will accept grant applications of up to $20,000, but grants under $5,000 are more likely to be awarded. Eligible recipients may be private and non-profit organizations, government agencies or individuals. Applicants are strongly encouraged to call Ben Brown at (970) 968-3012 to discuss potential projects before submitting an application. The deadline for grant applications is 4 p.m., June 30.

– Daily News staff report

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