Basalt to dole out $43,000 in grants for area nonprofits
Basalt town government is in a gift-giving mood for the holidays, with a plan to contribute $40,000 to local-oriented nonprofit and service organizations during 2011.
The town is budgeted in 2011 to make 53 grants ranging from $200 to $2,500. The donations are part of what’s called the “town sharing program.” A certain amount of the town budget is reserved every year to assist nonprofits with some type of connection with Basalt, Town Manager Bill Kane said. Many of the recipients are social service organizations. Others are arts and cultural organizations and athletic endeavors.
The council appoints a subcommittee of three members to determine what groups get the funds. This year there were 74 requests for a shrinking pie. The town reduced the funds in program by $3,585 or 8 percent from 2010.
Basalt doled out $43,585 in 65 grants this year. In 2009, it made 72 grants that totaled $47,573.
The town has a $5.03 million budget for 2011. It anticipates spending about 14.5 percent less during the year, so cuts in the town sharing program fit into the overall budget.
The recipients and the size of their grants for 2011 were:
Alpine Legal Service, $500; Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment, $350; Aspen Choral Society, $250; Aspen Filmfest, $500; Aspen Junior Hockey, $300; Aspen Music Festival, $500; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, $500; Aspen Valley Ski Club, $1,250;
Aspen Writer’s Foundation, $750; Aspen Youth Center, $250; Basalt Chamber of Commerce, summer events, $2,000; Basalt Family Resource Center, $2,000; Basalt High School Advisory Program, $500; Basalt High School Art Department, $860; Basalt High School Lady Longhorns basketball team, $250; Basalt High School Chamber Choir, $500; Basalt High School Close UP Club, $250; Basalt High School counseling, $250; Basalt High School, foreign language program, $250; Basalt High School math department, $500; Basalt High School musical, $500; Basalt High School Nova Net, $250; Basalt High School Project Graduation, $1,000; Basalt High School science project, $1,100; Basalt High School special education I, $500; Basalt High School, Ute Mountain Club, $500; Basalt Middle School, band, $750; Basalt Middle School, P.E. department, $500;
Basalt Regional Historical Society, $2,500; Basalt Regional Library Foundation, $750; Buddy Program, $500; Carbondale Clay Center, $250; Challenge Aspen, $250; Colorado 500 Charities, $500; Community Office for Resource Efficiency, $500; Executive Services Corp. Inc., $500; Family Visitor Programs, $1,000; Basalt Girl Scout Troop, $500; Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley, $500; KDNK, Community Access Radio, $500;
Pathfinders, $500; RESPONSE, $500; Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, $1,000; Roaring Fork Public Radio, $500; Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Center, $500; Rock Bottom Ranch, $500; Rocky Mountain Student Film Festival, $200; Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, $750; Basalt Elementary School Science in Schools program, $500; Shining Stars Foundation, $500; Spellbinders, $750; Symphony in the Valley, $200; and WindWalkers – Equine Assisted Learning, $500.
The town hasn’t allocated $7,240 yet that it reserved for the program.
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