Colorado Springs — El Pomar Trustees approved $145,000 allocated to 11 nonprofit organizations in the Southeast region at the Foundation’s May Trustees meeting. Through the Foundation’s grant making process, the following organizations were awarded grants:
- Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County—$5,000 in general operating support; Regional Merit
- City of Rocky Ford—$30,000 for public safety building renovations; Regional Council
- Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation—$10,000 for the Great Debate Youth Leadership Program; Regional Council
- Fowler Rural Fire Protection District—$10,000 toward fire truck replacement; Wildland Fire Fund
- Huerfano County Youth Services—$1,000 for the Walsenberg Youth Group; Regional Merit
- Koshare Indian Museum, Inc.—$2,500 in general operating support; Award for Leadership and Service nominee-directed grant
- Metro Volunteers—$4,000 for the Pueblo County Pro Bono Mental Health Program; Regional Merit
- Rocky Mountain Farmer’s Union Education and Charitable Foundation—$30,000 for the Excelsior Food and Farm Center; Regional Council
- Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care—$30,000 to be paid over three years for building renovations; Regional Council
- Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center for Rural Colorado Health, Inc.—$10,000 for a diabetes education program; competitive
- Southside Children’s Center—$12,500 for childcare services; Regional Council
Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general purpose grant making. The competitive process remains the Foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding. Additionally, over the last 80 years, El Pomar has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds. Competitive applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
In an effort to increase impact and establish connections across the entire state, the Regional Partnerships program was established in 2003. Each of the Foundation’s eleven regional councils advises El Pomar Trustees and recommends grants to help support its communities. The Central Peaks Regional Council recommends grants in Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Park Counties. Council members are regional leaders in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors and provide first-hand information about current needs in their own communities. Regional councils invite organizations to apply for all regional council grants.
The Award for Leadership and Service recognizes one council-nominated individual from each of the eleven regions who demonstrates an extraordinary level of commitment to his or her community. From the eleven nominees, a committee selects the award recipient who directs a $25,000 grant toward the organization of his or her choosing, while the other ten nominees direct $2,500 grants to an organization of their choosing.
The Wildland Fire fund assists with immediate emergency needs of volunteer firefighting agencies and first responders throughout the state of Colorado.