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Archive for January, 2011

The Summit Foundation Awards Nearly $600,000 in December 2010 Grants

The Summit Foundation/Vail Resorts Echo Grants made to five local non-profits

At its December Board of Trustees meeting, The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees allocated $597,495 in grant awards to 45 nonprofit agencies providing services in Summit, Grand, Park, and Lake Counties. 

“The Foundation is pleased to partner with these nonprofit organizations that provide vital services and improve the quality of life in Summit County and our neighboring communities,” said Maureen Westerland, Co-Chair of The Summit Foundation Grants Committee. “In recognition of the challenges many families are facing in this difficult economy, in this grant cycle, the Committee emphasized support for agencies that provide for the basic needs of individuals and families,” noted Phyllis Martinez, Co-Chair of The Summit Foundation Grants Committee.

“The Summit Foundation is proud to be able to make these grants in this challenging economic environment.  This distribution is significantly in thanks to the generous support we receive from all of our donors,” noted Gini Bradley, President of Board of Trustees of The Summit Foundation.

The Summit Foundation specifically partnered with Vail Resorts Echo on grants totaling $110,000 to five nonprofit organizations including, Advocates for Victims of Assault, Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Early Childhood Options, Keystone Science School and Summit Prevention Alliance. 

Many of these grant awards are made possible by the generous contributions made by our local ski resorts through their annual donation of transferable ski privileges (packaged as medallions) which result in over $800,000 in contributions to The Foundation each year,” said Bradley. Over the past year, The Summit Foundation worked with Vail Resorts to establish a more official program to recognize their commitment to The Summit Foundation and to this community.

The funding granted in December 2010 was allocated in seven major categories. 48 percent of the funds awarded went to 17 health and human service agencies that received $288,110.  Nine organizations offering educational programs and services received $115,760. Seven art and culture organizations received a total of $49,500. Two environmental organizations received a combined total of $10,000.  19,075 was awarded to five nonprofit sports and recreation organizations. In addition, The Foundation presented $17,500 to four nonprofit organizations responsible for programs or projects in Grand, Park and Lake Counties.  Special Initiative grants totaling $98,000 went to two programs.  Grants were awarded from The Foundation and several donor advised funds including The Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund, Summit Association of Realtors Charitable Fund, The Eileen & Paul Finkel Advised Fund, Keltner Family Fund, The Millisor Family Fund, The Jack and Pat Thomas Arts Fund and The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund.

(A complete list of grants awarded follows this release.) 

“The Summit County and neighboring community nonprofit agencies also need to be recognized for their tremendous efforts in providing programs and services to all sectors of our community,” notes Lee Zimmerman, Executive Director.

Established in 1984 by the Breckenridge Ski Area, The Summit Foundation is a community, public foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents and guests of Summit County and neighboring communities.  Since it began distributing grants in 1986, The Foundation has awarded over $13 million in grants and scholarships.  The cornerstone for The Foundation’s fundraising efforts is a transferable ski pass provided by Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort and Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts.  Additional funds are raised from a variety of annual special events including The Summit Foundation Golf Tournament, The Summit Foundation Mountain Art Gathering, the Summit County Parade of Homes and the Rubber Duck Race. 

For additional information about The Foundation’s grant program, or about contributing to or volunteering with The Foundation, please call (970) 453-5970 or visit

The Summit Foundation Accepting Grants through Jan. 10th

The Summit Foundation is accepting grant proposals for funding of programs that provide direct service to individuals who are in need of basic services.  These grant funds are provided by a grant to The Summit Foundation from The Anschutz Foundation.  Included in the eligible expenses are food, clothing, utility assistance, rental/mortgage assistance, health care assistance and counseling services.  The proposal should discuss the nature of the unmet need, service(s) to be provided, expected outcomes, timeframes, and projected budget for the grant funds listing revenue and expenses.  This request for proposals is separate from The Summit Foundation’s standard grant cycle and process.  Please limit your narrative to two pages.

Such funding is available to nonprofit 501 c (3) organizations and governmental agencies in Summit County and the communities of Kremmling, Leadville, Alma and Fairplay.  The grant dollar range is from $5,000 – $35,000; grant period is January 2011 – September 30, 2011, with an interim report due June 30, 2011 and a final report due on September 30, 2011.  The final report will include number of clients served by category of service, services given, outcome data related to the client and services and financial/expense report.

Submission deadline is Monday, January 10, 2011 to:

Lee Zimmerman
The Summit Foundation
P. O. Box 4000
111 A Lincoln Ave.
Breckenridge, CO. 80424
(970) 453-5970
(970) 453-1423 (Fax)

[email protected]



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