Garfield commissioners award over $30K in 1st quarter discretionary grants |

Garfield commissioners award over $30K in 1st quarter discretionary grants

Alex Zorn

Garfield County 2019 Discretionary Grant Awards
  • West Elk Trails - Winter recreation trails management program: $2,500
  • Garfield County 4-H - Citizen Washington focus trip: $4,000
  • Garfield County 4-H - Summer outbound international exchange: $1,000
  • Garfield County 4-H - Shooting sports: $1,000
  • Team Sopris Barracudas -New diving blocks: $3,000
  • St. Stephens Catholic School - Washington D.C. trip: $4,000
  • Colorado Wild West Rodeo - Grounds improvements and upgrades: $5,000
  • Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program - Program support : $2,500

The new grant cycle for the Garfield County discretionary funds started this month, as eight organizations requested nearly $30,000 at the commissioner meeting last week.

With another $10,000 already awarded by Garfield County, the total for the first quarter requests comes to nearly $40,000 – almost a third of the $120,000 budgeted for 2019 grants.

On Monday, commissioners elected to award $23,000 of what was requested, bringing the first quarter total to $33,000.

Garfield County will have $87,000 left in the discretionary awards budget for the rest of the year.

Among the organizations receiving funding on Monday was Garfield County 4-H and St. Stephen Catholic School, both of which requested funding for their respective Washington, D.C. trips, among other items.

Emma Thate, the delegate for 4-H, said during a presentation last week that they’d be leaving June 30 for a week-long trip to the nation’s capital. She said they hope to better learn how legislation works and see lawmakers’ day-to-day firsthand.

Later in that same hearing, Garfield County 4-H member Whitney Chapman outlined a trip to Japan she will be taking this summer. She requested $1,000 from the commissioners.

“I will be one of 17 students on the eight-week program to Japan,” she explained.

Garfield County awarded $4,000 for each Washington D.C trip, along with another $1,000 for Chapman.

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