New grant funds Summit County emergency needs |

New grant funds Summit County emergency needs

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SUMMIT COUNTY – To help nonprofits cope with an increase in basic-needs aid, The Summit Foundation recently awarded $85,000 in grants locally. Funding was provided by the Anschutz Foundation, and it will be distributed to the community on top of The Foundation’s regular grant cycle.

The purpose of the Anschutz grant is to provide food, rental and shelter assistance; utility and energy assistance; health care; counseling; and emergency basic-need services throughout the area. The Summit Foundation hopes it will assist individuals, children and families locally as they encounter difficult financial situations in a still-struggling economy.

Grant recipients include the Family and Intercultural Resource Center, Summit Community Care Clinic, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Mountain Family Center (Kremmling), Grand County Rural Health Network, Lake County Advocates, and Park County Senior Coalition.

According to The Summit Foundation’s executive director Lee Zimmerman, the Anschutz grant is new to Summit County as of December 2009. The Anschutz Foundation usually funds projects on the Front Range, and this is its first time aiding Summit County organizations. Another branch of the organization – the Anschutz Family Foundation – has worked with The Summit Foundation in the past.

“We hope it will be an annual grant, but so far its only scheduled for this year,” Zimmerman said.

Summit Community Care Clinic executive director Sarah Vaine said the clinic’s portion of the grant will help the organization fill a big funding hole.

“Over the next year, we’re trying to fill a budget deficit of almost $200,000,” she said. “We’re extremely grateful for the Summit Foundation understanding our situation and the needs of the community.”

Family and Intercultural Resource Center’s grant and data manager Brianne Snow said FIRC plans to use its grant for direct emergency assistance as its currently low on funding too.

“This is definitely going to help fill that gap,” she said, noting that the money will likely help 32 families with emergency assistance.

The Summit Foundation is also in the process of accepting grant applications for its spring cycle. Eligible nonprofits should be located in Summit, Grand, Lake or Park counties.

Zimmerman said The Foundation will likely give out between $300,000-$400,000 this season. In 2009, it distributed more than $1 million to 80 nonprofits, and $157,000 in scholarships to 64 high school graduates.

The Spring 2010 grant application is available at, and its submission deadline is April 9.

For more information, call The Summit Foundation at (970) 453-5970.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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