Grand Foundation

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Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Homeless
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund: Finding Hope Among Adversity

One of the most redeeming qualities of Grand County, Colorado, is its ability to come together during adversity. Now more than ever, Grand County needs your support.

The Grand Foundation has established the Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund to support the needs of Grand County residents who have been evacuated, displaced, or have lost their homes during the Grand County wildfires. 100% of donations will be distributed to those in need.

The East Troublesome Fire has devastated Grand Lake and continues to threaten Granby, CO, Hot Sulphur Springs, and surrounding areas. The fire started on Wednesday, October 14th and in the last 24 hours grew 6 times its size, reaching more than 125,000 acres as of Thursday, October 22.

The speed, size, and location of the fire have forced evacuations and the closure of Rocky Mountain National Park and many surrounding roads. Several Grand County residents have lost their homes and have been displaced permanently. Weather, terrain, and beetle-kill lodgepole pine have contributed to the growth of this fire, which has led to the East Troublesome Fire achieving the title of the fourth-largest wildfire in Colorado history.

As fires continue to burn, volunteer organizations are on the ground providing critical support for victims and emergency responders. The lives of our Grand County residents, and those fighting for them, have been turned upside overnight with little to no warning. They need our support now.

Consider donating to the Grand County Wildfire Emergency Fund.

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Evidence of Program's Success

There were 366 homes and an additional 189 structures (barns, sheds, etc.) destroyed. Of the homes, roughly 204 were primary residences, approximately 25% were uninsured, and 32 of which were mobile homes. They are also calculating roughly over $190 million in damages. We have been noticing that these are very fluid numbers. The fire is just shy of 195,000 acres and 100% contained. They calculate that it won't fully be out until the snow season is in full gear and possibly later than that.

Please find some info below on the fire, fund scope & fluid thoughts going forward. The fund is just over $3.8 million, of which we have awarded out over $1,785,184.
Grand & Larimer Counties were given a disaster declaration by the President in January for Public Assistance, but Individual Assistance (IA) was denied (Boulder County was denied for both). The Governor has asked the 3 counties to appeal. All 3 counties decided to deny moving forward on an IA appeal and instead go towards SBA loan assistance program. Of which Grand County was approved for in February this loan program provides up to $200K at a 1.88% interest. We had 43 households apply for the loans and thus far 18 families have been approved for $1.94 million in loans for rebuilding. Recently Grand County opted not to do a FEMA Debris removal Program and run it internally. The projected project budget, with free labor from Southern Colorado Baptist Relief, is just over $1.1 million of which the wildfire fund has committed to funding half of the costs, helping over 161 homes.





IMMEDIATE NEEDS (All of the needs will be continually replenished with funds as needed)

Basic Needs ~$35,000
Food/Clothing/Household needs
We have given our family resource center (Mountain Family Center) a large grant to purchase grocery, clothing and furniture gift cards. For renters who lost their place due to the fire and did not have renter's insurance.

Shelter ~$45,000
We are working with the Grand County Emergency Response team. They are matching available units with those that are in need of housing. We gave an additional large grant to Mountain Family Center to distribute rental assistance monies to those in this category.

Mental Health ~$20,000
We have given Mind Springs Health $20,000 to provide scholarships for counseling sessions to all of those affected by the East Troublesome Fire.

Grass Seed ~ $47,205
We have given Middle Park Conservation District over $60,000 to procure and distribute grass seed. This is not covered in most home owner's insurance policies and while we wouldn't think grass seed would be an immediate need, now is only one of 2 times a year that's the best time to seed. Each home/land owner can get a 100lb bag of seed at no cost. Over 200 homes have been helped.


SHORT TERM NEEDS

Renters ~356,710
For renters that were renting units that were burned down, we are referring them to our housing team to match them up with an available unit. Then with the funds we gave Mountain Family Center, then can help those affected pay rent, get grocery cards and clothing at their location. We also plan on assisting, if they didn't have renter's insurance, on their housing needs (i.e. furniture). We have a couple options here, we have a nonprofit that stores furniture from properties that sold, but the new owners didn't want the items inside. We can also purchase gift cards for individuals to go shopping to get new things. We are still in the process of this one, working out the kinks, but do plan on using our nonprofit partners first if we can. So far this represents 115 renters we have helped.


Home Owners $1,281,269
This is a work in progress as well. For those owners that have home owners insurance, all of the above steps for pairing housing would apply, but typically here, their home owners insurance will pay for the rent and any items they need inside the home. Once this was worked out with their insurance companies, we have been helping with insurance deductibles to contractors for rebuilding, the county with debris removal program, building permit fees, legal fees and more to be identified. So far we have helped 172 homeowners thus far.

The harder one here, is if they didn't have homeowner's insurance. We have had many of these, that they owned a mobile home on a property that was owned by someone else, and didn't insure the home. We are trying to figure out what threshold here applies. At the very least all of the funding we gave (and will continue to give as requested by Mountain Family Center) will apply here with rental assistance, food and clothing. We have also been helping the uninsured primary homeowners with new furniture, clothing, housewares, appliances and so much more.

In addition, as noted above, we have committed $550,000 for the county debris removal program.


LONG TERM NEEDS Allocated $750,000

On this one we are in the beginning stages of how we will map this out and save
funds for.
But the things we are listing to help, but not limited to are, Water Quality,
Re-Forestation, Flood Mitigation, Nature Conservancy, and mitigation efforts for our fire departments to name a few. Thus far we have awarded or committed the following:

1) $125,000 to Grand County Wildfire Council for recovery needs (i.e. chipping of hazardous trees) and long term fire mitigation.

2) $100,000 to Grand County Wildfire Council for cost share program for removing hazardous trees.

3) $50,000 earmarked for Middle Park Conservation District for additional grass seed.

Emergency Assistance Fund

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

Emergencies have become more frequent than ever in 2020, and the need for emergency assistance has never been greater. In response, the Grand Foundation has decided to make the once-temporary Grand County Emergency Assistance Fund permanent and has seeded the fund with an additional $20,000. We plan to grow this fund to support the community through current needs, such as the William's Fork Fire, and whatever emergencies are to come.

We are here for you, Grand County! And we thank you for your support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

That when an emergency arises we have a fund balance that can sustain the needs.

Grand County Housing Assistance Fund

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
General population
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Grand Foundation and the Leadership for a Sustainable Community Committee have partnered to create the Grand County Housing Assistance Fund. This collaborative effort came into play following the last 15 months identifying needs in the community for economic sustainability. We ultimately targeted the housing issues that face the constituents of Grand County. We feel these projects are very much aligned with the County's goals in establishing efforts to address housing shortages, diversify employment and economic revenue sources and to improve our community's infrastructure. The Fund is housed as a Designated Fund of the Grand Foundation and is designed to provide housing assistance to eligible applicants.

The Fund aims to help full-time residents successfully live and work in Grand County. Applicants will be prioritized upon economic need.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 2018 we have awarded over $140,000 to 75 Families.

Opportunity for Youth Fund

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

The Opportunity for Youth Fund (OYF) was established to provide financial assistance to young people whose families' financial means do not allow them to pay for activities for which the young person has earned the right to participate. Additionally, the fund has the discretion to selectively undertake other worthy causes. Philosophically, those causes would need to benefit youth. OYF is required to make donations to 501©(3) charitable organizations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the ten years of the funds existence, financial assistance has been granted to youth who have participated in student trips to Costa Rica, France and Washington DC. Grants have been for scholarships to brain bowl, athletic activities, clinics and camps. Grants were made to assist in registration for AP testing. In addition funds have been given to the East Grand School District for smaller needs, such as activity fees.

Blue Valley Ranch Youth Fund

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

The Blue Valley Ranch Youth Fund was established to provide financial assistance to Grand County youth for education, activities and opportunities, etc. These grant funds are available to full time residents of Grand County youth between the ages of birth and 18 years of age. Funding is decided based upon need, inclusive of income, family dynamics and unforeseen circumstance. Grand Foundation staff is available to assist with completing the application. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or help.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The funding for the Blue Valley Ranch Youth Fund was made possible by a generous donation from Blue Valley Ranch. Specifically these dollars are the proceeds from the Safe Highway 9 Project and the aggregate production proceeds. Without this commitment from Blue Valley Ranch and their commitment to Grand County Youth this fund would not be possible.

Winter Park Housing Assistance Fund

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Single Parents
Teachers
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Town of Winter Park, the Grand Foundation and Winter Park Resort have partnered to create the Winter Park Affordable Housing Donor Advised Fund. This collaborative effort came into play after the housing study done by the Town of Winter Park found the disparity of the local workforce living in and, more importantly, not being able to afford housing in the Fraser Valley. The Fund is housed as a Donor Advised Fund of the Grand Foundation to provide housing assistance to eligible applicants.

In 2017 the Fund raised over $500,000 to be able to continue to give grants out annually.

The Fund aims to help full-time residents successfully live and work in the Winter Park area, and applicants will be prioritized upon economic need. Other application requirements and guidelines include:
• Applicants must either be a member of the Winter Park workforce or living within the boundaries of Winter Park
• Individuals should be applying for rental assistance, move-in assistance (i.e. first or last month's rent), and/or down payment assistance for home purchases
• Applicants must work at least 30 hours a week or 1200 hours a year
• Job must be located within Winter Park, or be a job that predominately serves the residents of Winter Park (even if the location is outside of the Town)
• Request for prior monies due for housing assistance will not be considered (i.e. back rent)
• Applicants can only apply once annually

An advisory committee will make funding decisions based on economic need. Upon completion of committee meetings, all applicants will be notified of funding decisions
within several days. The Fund will be accepting applications at several different times over the next year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Grants in 2017-2020. 213 Households, 607 individuals and over $250,000 given out in assistance.

Brammer Family Fund

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Brammer Family Fund, a fund of the Grand Foundation, was established to provide financial assistance to Grand County residents and their families who are affected by cancer. Funding is decided based upon need, inclusive of income, family dynamics and unforeseen circumstances. The fund is supported by an annual fundraiser, the "Kickin' It to Cancer" kickball tournament and donations. This annual event was started to support Traci Brammer in her fight against cancer. Traci lost her battle with cancer in March of 2014 and the event and fund have continued on her behalf. It was Traci's wish that others inflicted with this disease be able to get the financial support needed to fight the battle. This fund was established in the spirit of Traci's lust for life and here courageous fight, she will be missed but her memory will live on in support of others. The Brammer Family Fund will partner with all other Grand County Organizations that currently provide these services and subsidies within the county. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis and should be submitted when support is needed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 2014 we have awarded over $350,000 to caner related illness, aiding over 219 individuals in Grand County.

Annual Grants Program

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Grand Foundation supports charitable organizations that enhance the quality of life in Grand County, via its Annual Grants Program. Grants are awarded once a, in June, to agencies providing programs or services in the areas of health and human service, arts and culture, education, environment and amateur sports.
The Grand Foundation announces its grant cycle each year in January. Notices are provided by local newspaper, email blasts and website notifications. Once the specific deadline is established, agencies must retrieve a copy of the current grant application and guidelines on our website or request via email. Applications are generally available at least 3 months prior to the grant deadline and can be located on this website under Support/Apply for a Grant. Grant deadline notifications are not automatically mailed to organizations that are past funding recipients. It is the responsibility of the organization to request the current grant application documents or retrieve from our website.
Applicants for funding must be tax exempt under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(a)(i.V.I.) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation funds specific projects and programs which have measurable results. Requests for programs or projects already completed are not eligible for funding. The Foundation will not participate in any political campaign on behalf of any issue or candidate.
The Board of Trustees of The Grand Foundation determines final approval of all grants.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Final Report

G.A.P. Fund for Youth

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

This fund is available to Grand County youth (18 and under) to help provide a financial means to participate in non-academic activities and programs by providing and/or assisting with participation fees. The G.A.P. Fund (Grand Activities and Programs) is designed to target a section of funding for youth that has not been sufficiently addressed in our local communities.

There is an application process with deadlines and funding periods. At this time, the focus of grants given out will be to 501(c)(3), Non-Profit and service club organizations (i.e. ski schools, recreation districts and competition centers). These entities can apply on behalf of individuals in need.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 13 years we have awarded over $1,000,000 in grants to Grand County youth.

Town of Winter Park & Grand County Funds

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Children birth to age 3
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Grand Foundation and the Towns of Granby and Winter Park and the Grand County Commissioners are pleased to continue fundraising efforts for the Grand Foundation's Donor Advised Funds.

These funds are available to Grand County Non Profits to help provide a financial means to Grand County residents and Guests.

There is an application process with deadlines and funding periods. At this time, the focus of grants given out will be to 501(c)(3), Non-Profits. These entities can apply at deadlines on website.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Final Reports

East Grand Education Foundation Fund

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Teachers

Description

The mission of the East Grand Education Foundation Fund is to provide alternative funding for educational opportunities for students enrolled in the East Grand School District.

East Grand Education Fund was established to support teachers and schools in the East Grand School District (EGSD).
It is the mission of the Fund to support projects or programs that are new and innovative or that enhance the current curriculum. If possible the committee would like to see projects or programs that help foster relationships between the school and the community.
To be eligible to apply or receive funding a Letter of Interest must be submitted to the EGSD prior to the grant deadline.
The Fund does not support the following requests: Teacher training, conferences, programs that take place outside the school district, requests that are not written by teachers in the EGSD, principals, and school staff, transportation, afterschool activities, furniture and fixtures, and technology (outside of software).
Include the following data/information:
• A complete, carefully written description of proposed project: why it is important and why it should be funded.
• The targeted need. Indicate purpose rather than end product.
• What is the scope of the project?
• The objective(s) and state specifically the desired result.
• How project will enhance core curriculum, emphasize innovative teaching and learning and (if applicable) foster partnerships between the school and community.
• The type and size of target population.
• The scope of the project, an actual work plan for the project in outline form, the activities and possible partners.
• Completed budget (please list all requested expenses for the project).
• Evaluation measures.
• EGEF encourages, but does not require, funding through P.A.C., public service organization, Recreation Districts, etc. The Fund does require an explanation as to why the district is or is not funding the project.

This years' deadlines for the 2019/20 school year are:
1. December 15, 2019
2. April 15, 2020


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Evidence of Program's Success

Final report

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