The Summit Foundation awarded $1,216,095 in grants to 62 nonprofits in Summit County and neighboring communities last fall—the most ever awarded in a grant cycle!

The Summit Foundation dispersed grants to local organizations that have efforts in one of The Summit Foundation’s four impact areas: Arts & Culture, Health & Safe Communities, Bright Futures, and Environmental Stewardship. While most recipients were organizations that The Summit Foundation has supported in past years, six nonprofits received first-time grants.

“At The Summit Foundation, we are always looking to fund organizations that are innovating to address the unique challenges of living in our community,” said Executive Director Jeanne Bistranin. “We want to support our year-round population so that we all can enjoy life here in the mountains. With the cost of living continuously rising, we know how hard it can be for working families to make ends meet.”

The majority of grant funds this fall were allocated toward organizations serving children and those working to improve the overall health and safety of our community. Organizations that received grants are participating in projects around key issues such as affordable child care, crisis intervention, rent assistance, transportation and tuition assistance.

These grants were made possible by the generous donations of over 3,000 individuals and businesses who provided support to The Summit Foundation in 2017. Vail Resorts EpicPromise sponsored funding for six of the grant recipients, and eight Donor Advised Funds at The Summit Foundation also stepped in to provide additional funding for nonprofits where critical gaps existed.

“A truly meaningful grant came from the funds donated in Eric Dube’s memory,” explained Bistranin. “These memorial gifts, along with additional support from The Summit Foundation, were awarded to the US Air Force Academy’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to fund the construction of a pedestrian bridge on the McCullough Gulch Trail. The bridge will replace the temporary structure currently in place and will serve the 30,000 hikers who use this trail each year. It will support emergency responders’ ATVs when needed, something that hasn’t been possible in recent years. We are so grateful to have the support of Summit County and be able to honor Eric’s memory in this way.”

Since grant distributions began in 1986, The Summit Foundation has awarded over $26.1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. The cornerstone of The Summit Foundation's fundraising efforts is the Patron Pass Program – transferable ski passes generously donated through a partnership with Vail Resorts, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Copper Mountain Resort.




Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals, Inc.

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

Breckenridge Music Festival

Lake County School District

Lake Dillon Theatre Company

National Repertory Orchestra

Summit Concert Band

Summit County Arts Council

Summit Youth Orchestra



Boy Scout Troop 188

Breckenridge Montessori

Bright Start Learning Center

Catholic Charities

Colorado Mountain College Foundation

Early Childhood Options*

Easter Seals Colorado

Education Foundation of the Summit

Grand Beginnings

High Country Soccer Association

Keystone Science School

Lake Dillon Preschool & Early Learning Center

National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc.

NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence

Pack 186 with Chartered Sponsor of Elks Lodge 2561

Park County Public Library

SOS Outreach

South Park Early Childhood, Park County School District RE-2

Summit County Preschool

Summit County Youth and Family Services

Summit Rugby

Summit School District

Summit Stix Lacrosse Club

The Peak School




Cloud City Conservation Center

Continental Divide Land Trust

Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness*

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District*

Friends of the Lower Blue River*

High Country Conservation Center*

USAFA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Advocates for Victims of Assault

Advocates of Lake County

Bethany Immigration Services

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

CASA of the Continental Divide

Family & Intercultural Resource Center

Friends of Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Horizons Specialized Services

Lake County Community Fund

Mind Springs Health

Mountain Family Center

Northwest Colorado Health

Park County Search & Rescue

Park County Senior Coalition

Rocky Mountain Rural Health

Summit Community Care Clinic

Summit County Coroner's Office

Summit Rotary Charitable Fund

TreeTop Child Advocacy Center*

Wounded Heroes Family Adventures


*Vail Resorts EpicPromise Partner Grant


The following Funds at The Summit Foundation provided additional funding to support several of these grant requests:

Brunetti Family Advised Fund

Daley-Sosville Fund

Follett Endowment Fund

Hankison Family Advised Fund

The Highlands at Breckenridge Advised Fund

Keltner Family Fund

Lenzmeier/Williams Advised Fund

Millisor Family Fund

Peaks Society Fund

SMR Foundation

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