Basalt plays Santa with $45,585 in grants |

Basalt plays Santa with $45,585 in grants

Scott Condon
Aspen correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Basalt Town Council members decided this was no time to play Scrooge when it came to helping nonprofits.

The council awarded $45,585 in grants to 65 organizations through its “town sharing” program for the 2010 fiscal year. The town government awards the grants annually. It maintained about the same level of giving this year even though its overall expenditures dropped 16 percent for 2010 from the prior year.

Basalt Mayor Leroy Duroux said it was important for the town to maintain the town sharing program.

“It’s the town’s way of saying thanks to people that go above and beyond, and help make the town better,” he said.

The town granted $50,400 through the town sharing program for 2009. It granted $47,573 in 2008 and $49,250 the year before.

Nonprofit organizations apply for the funds, then a special committee advises the full council how much to give to whom. There were 82 requests this year. Some organizations aren’t based in Basalt but provide services that benefit town residents.

The grant recipients were:

Access Roaring Fork TV, $1,000; Alpine Legal Services, $500; Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment, $350; Aspen Choral Society, $250; Aspen Dance Connection, $350; Aspen Filmfest, $500; Aspen Junior Hockey, $300; Aspen Music Festival, $250; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, $500; and Aspen Valley Ski Club, $1,250.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce for summer events and River Days, $2,000; Basalt Elementary School, $300; Basalt Family Resource Center, $2,000; Basalt High School Art Department, $900; high school chamber choir, $500; high school Close Up Club, $500; high school counseling, $500; high school dance team, $500; high school ELL program, $500; high school English department, $250; high school foreign language department, $500; high school guitar class, $350; high school health department, $1,000; high school musical, $750; high school music program, $1,585; high school Nova Net, $250; high school outdoor club, $400; high school physical education, $250; high school project graduation, $1,750; high school special education I, $500; high school special education II, $250; high school supplies, $150; and high school band, $2,000.

Basalt Regional Historical Society, $2,500; Buddy Program, $500; Carbondale Senior Housing, $500; Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, $750; Columbine Home Health, $750; Community Health Services, $500; Community Office for Resource Efficiency, $500; Computers for Kids, $500; Eagle County Adult Services, $1,500; English in Action, $1,000; Executive Service Corps, $500; Family Visitor, $1,000; Forest Conservancy, $500; Habitat for Humanity, $250; Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley, $300; and KDNK – Community Access Radio, $500.

Planning Parenthood, $600; Roaring Fork Conservancy, $500; Roaring Fork Kids, $200; Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, $500; Roaring Fork Early Learning Center, $200; Rock Bottom Ranch, $500; Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest, $200; Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, $1,500; Science in Schools, $500; Spellbinders, $500; Symphony in the Valley, $200; Theatre Aspen, $250; WindWalkers: Equine Assisted Learning, $500; Wyly Community Arts Center, $1,750; Your Friends for Life, $200; and a contingency of $2,500.

Town assists area nonprofits despite tough economic times

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