Education Fund awards $83,000 in community group grants |

Education Fund awards $83,000 in community group grants

Teresa Ristow

— The Steamboat Springs Education Fund’s Grant Commission awarded $83,000 in grants to seven community groups Wednesday, leaving $22,000 of its budget unallocated — with a caveat.

The commission first debated whether to fund a $119,000 request from Partners in Routt County which was greater than its $105,000 total community group budget.

Partners requested the unusually high level of funding in an effort to save its AmeriCorps-affiliated school-based mentor program during the 2016-17 school year.

The commission decided not to fund the request, but instead to leave some of its overall budget unallocated, with the hope that the Education Fund Board would take up the Partners funding request and somehow find a way to fund it, potentially using the $22,000.

Of the eight other groups requesting funds from the commission, seven were awarded partial funding, and one was not awarded.

Routt County CEO

Business owner Ed MacArthur presented for the proposed Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program, which requested $25,000 to cover program startup costs. The CEO program, slated to begin this fall, would be a class of high school students that meets with local business leaders, learning business and professional skills. The commission awarded the CEO program $15,000.

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

RMYC asked for $38,000 for operating expenses to support the longstanding Yampa Valley Science School for sixth graders. Organization leader Gretchen Van De Carr said the group would be happy to receive $30,000, and the commission later decided to award $30,000.

Integrated Community

The organization requested $12,000 to continue running an English-language learner tutoring program in schools. Last year, the group was awarded $7,000, and this year, the commission chose to award $5,000.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

The VNA requested $30,000 to continue operating a youth resiliency program, which includes a facilitator to run support groups in schools. Students who deal with drug-addicted parents, divorces and language barriers are taught coping skills in the groups and given support. The commission chose not to award the grant, and members said they thought the VNA could find other funding sources.

Yampa Valley Autism Program

YVAP requested $4,000 to continue running a program in classrooms to help improve the social/emotional skills of autistic children, particularly in elementary classrooms. The commission awarded $2,000.

Steamboat Arts Council/Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

The groups requested $7,400 for an education immersion program that gives students an orchestra experience with a conductor and culminates with a showcase concert. The commission awarded $3,000.

Strings Music Festival

Strings requested $10,000 to fund operating expenses of the yearlong Strings School Days program. The commission awarded $3,000.


Environmental education non-profit Yampatika asked for $30,000 to continue operating its kindergarten through 5th-grade environmental literacy program. The commission awarded $25,000, an increase from $22,000 awarded in 2015.

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