The Summit Foundation awards $723,487 in December 2013 grants |

The Summit Foundation awards $723,487 in December 2013 grants

At its December 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $723,487 in funding to 44 nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit, Grand, Park and Lake counties through 47 grant awards.

The Summit Foundation partnered with Vail Resorts Echo on grants totaling $80,000 to three nonprofit organizations including Early Childhood Options, Education Foundation of the Summit and Summit County Government Youth and Family Services.

Many of the foundation’s grant awards are possible due to contributions made by local ski areas, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts, through their annual donation of transferable ski privileges which result in over $900,000 in contributions to the foundation each year.

The 2013 fall grant awards totaled $25,325 more than those awarded in December 2012. Nearly 47 percent of the grant allocations went to 15 health and human service agencies and programs that received over $338,000. Twelve organizations offering educational programs and services received $193,530. Seven arts and culture organizations received a total of $97,500, which was a 25 percent increase over the arts and culture grants awarded in December 2012. Two environmental organizations received a combined total of $26,000. $20,500 was awarded to two nonprofit sports and recreation organizations. In addition, the foundation presented $47,759 to six organizations responsible for programs or projects in neighboring Grand, Park and Lake counties. Grants were awarded from the foundation and several donor-advised funds, including the Finkel Family Advised Fund, Follett Advised Fund, The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund, The Keltner Family Fund, The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund, Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund and The Jack and Pat Thomas Advised Fund.




Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival – Support of two public concerts; college scholarships. K

Backstage Theatre – Production support of three plays/musicals, summer Kids Play support. T

Breckenridge Music Festival – Music in Schools, free Family Concert, summer community education and outreach. LW

Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts – Kids Theatre, Sunset at the Summit Concert, Repertory Theatre, Internship, Regular Season Theatre, and Family Performance series. K, LW

National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) – Education & community engagement programs, free concerts.

Summit Choral Society – Concert music for library.

Summit Concert Band – Support for adult band camp. T


After Prom – Support for the after-prom event for Summit High School students.

Breckenridge Montessori – Technology and equipment, tuition assistance.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) – Scholarships for Adaptive Ski programs, equipment purchases. LW

Colorado Avalanche Information Center – Presenting sponsor for 2014 snow and avalanche workshop. LW, T

Colorado Mountain College – Leadership Summit program. Ft

Colorado Mountain College Family Literacy – Educational studies coursework for both adult and child participants in the family literacy program.

Early Childhood Options – Healthy Child Care program. Funding in partnership with Vail Resorts Echo. K

Education Foundation of the Summit – Innovative grants to teachers funding. Funding in partnership with Vail Resorts Echo. H

Keystone Science School – Transitions program at Summit Middle School.K

Lake Dillon Preschool and Early Learning Center – Food program.

SOS Outreach – Summit and Lake County youth programs, masters curriculum.

Summit County Preschool – CCCAP tuition support, scholarships, and cook for food program.

Summit High School Instrumental Music Department – Professional musicians and community interaction program. Ft


Friends of the Dillon Ranger District – Volunteer and youth corps.

High Country Conservation Center – General operating funds, Cultivating Students of Agriculture. Ft


Advocates for Victims of Assault – Resource Development/Victim Advocate position, Latina Outreach coordinator, suicide prevention counseling. Ft

Boy Scout Troop 188 – Backpacking gear.

CASA of the Continental Divide – CASACD program. LW

Cub Scout Pack 186 – Support for 35 Cub Scouts to attend programs at Keystone Science School. Ft

Easter Seals of Colorado – 2014 Summit County summer day camp program, evening parent workshops.

Family & Intercultural Resource Center – General assistance for family development, basic needs assistance, prevention and parenting support.

Girl Scouts of Colorado – Summit County programs.

MindSprings Health – Summit Safe Haven. Ft

Mountain HOPE Foundation – HIPPO therapy horse program for special needs children. LW

Summit Community Care Clinic – Support for transition into FQHC-LA in preparation for the Affordable Care Act. LW, SAR

Summit County Government Division of Youth and Family Services – Mountain Mentors and the Community Infant/Child program. Funding in partnership with Vail Resorts Echo.

Summit County Rescue Group – Grizzly 700 series ATV. H

Summit County Rotary – Weekly community dinner. SAR

Summit County Social Services – Emergency assistance with food, utilities, shelter and transportation.

Summit Medical Center Health Foundation – Think First child safety and SANE programs.


High Country Soccer Association – Scholarship support for the Latino Outreach Project.

Summit Huts Association – Hut nights for nonprofit educational groups. LW


Advocates for Lake County – Emergency and support services for clients.

Horizon Specialized Services – Kremmling Family Support program.

Lake County School District Gifted and Talented – Sanford University’s programs for gifted youth, online coursework in Math and Language Arts. Fl

Lake County School District Literacy – Daily 5 literacy program.

Lake County School District Math – Technology for math learning programs.

Mountain Family Center – Kremmling Food Bank and emergency assistance.

Park County Parents as Teachers / Park County School District – Parents as Teachers program.

Rocky Mountain Rural Health – Financial assistance program.

When noted previously, funding also provided by:

Fl Finkel Family Advised Fund

Ft Follett Advised Fund

H The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund

K The Keltner Family Fund

LW The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund

SAR Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund

T The Jack and Pat Thomas Advised Fund

Since its inception in 1984, The Summit Foundation has awarded over $18.4 million in funding to nonprofits in Summit, Lake, Park and Grand counties and to high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education. Spring 2014 grant applications are due April 11, 2014. For information please visit or call (970) 453-5970.

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