Frisco awards $230K to local nonprofits |

Frisco awards $230K to local nonprofits

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FRISCO ” In keeping with its philanthropic mission, the Town of Frisco recently awarded $230,000 in grants to some 30 local nonprofits.

“Giving back is vital in any community,” said Frisco Mayor Bill Pelham. “All of these groups are fundamental to our citizens, and we want to see them succeed.”

Each year, the town participates with other local governments to coordinate grant requests, and this year’s recipient included organizations that work with children, families, endangered species, music and sports.

Frisco also allocated $10,000 toward college scholarships for local high-school seniors.

“Money we give any of these organizations is an investment in the future,” said Pelham. “The money makes our town richer in spirit and makes it a better place to live for us and future generations”

One of the more notable recipients was the Summit County Preschool, which received $141,000 to supplement staff salaries and cover costs not recouped by those families that use the sliding scale for tuition.

“Of course we are absolutely thrilled about the grant,” said Suzy Smoyer, president of the board of directors at the school. “The money will also ensure quality and consistency in our staff, as we have had issues in the past with the amount of turnover in town.”

Other grant recipients included Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, the Keystone Center, St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center, Mountain Public Radio and Therapy Animals Means Equality Foundation (TAME), to name a few.

While the total amount of grants awarded for 2009 is down 8 percent from 2008, Pelham added that “these groups benefit all of us, and giving them anything we can helps them tremendously.”

The grant request process for 2010 will begin this summer, and those organizations interested in applying can visit for more information.

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