Local Non-profits Snag Grants During Rural Philanthropy Days

It may not go down as a record jackpot for philanthropy, but several Teller and south Park County nonprofits were recently awarded grants by The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives.
And compared to other areas in the state, the local region fared well during the Rural Philanthropy Days. This event previously paved the way for the establishment of the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital by opening potential funding doors for the hospital association. Since then, the event has gained prominence in the local area.
Colorado Trusts announced that is has granted $25,000 to five rural nonprofit organizations in central Colorado in conjunction with the 2016 Rural Philanthropy Days, held in September.
Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) connects funders with nonprofit organizations and government officials that serve rural Colorado. The biannual three-day event was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and address critical needs in rural Colorado communities.
The September 2016 iteration of RPD, which took place at Copper Mountain Resort, convened nonprofit representatives from Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit and Teller counties. Grants of $5,000 were awarded by the Trust to five organizations.
The local groups receiving the awards were:
*TESSA—This group in Teller County offers confidential support and services for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children, including a 24-hour crisis line; a safe house that provides emergency shelter, food and services; victim advocacy, and much more. The funds will help them continue to operate their programs as well as expand staff to the Woodland Park area.
*Community Partnership Resource Center—This group in Teller County provides programs and education for adult and parent enrichment; early childhood and youth; healthy living; and health care coverage. The funds will be used to support their ongoing programming and community meetings.
*Rocky Mountain Rural Health–This group works to improve access to quality health care in Park County. Rocky Mountain Rural Health will use the funds to increase outreach and communication with community members; identify and address health- and health care-related issues; and support community initiatives designed to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Park County.
Other groups in central Colorado receiving awards were the Chaffee County Oral Health Program and the Custer 2020, Club America Inc./WMV.
Since 2010, The Trust has provided more than $385,000 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations through RPD. In addition, The Trust also provides suppot for CRC for the statewide RPD program. For more information about RPD, visit the CRC website.
The Colorado Trust is a foundation dedicated to achieving health equity—ending inequalities that affect racial, ethnic, low-income and other vulnerable populations, so that everyone can achieve good health. The Trust believes all Coloradans should have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. The Trust focuses on policies and information related to advancing health equity, as well as projects that address health equity in partnership with communities throughout Colorado. For more information, visit www.coloradotrust.org.