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Garfield County awards second-quarter discretionary funds

Commissioners grant $46,000 to local nonprofits; veterans coalition receives $5,000

Garfield County commissioners recently awarded $46,000 in second-quarter discretionary and human services grants to 14 local nonprofit organizations, community projects and educational programs.

A total of $59,000 in grant requests was received for the quarter, according to a county news release. The commissioners have budgeted $120,000 for discretionary grants this year, and grants are capped at $5,000.

Receiving discretionary grants this quarter were:

  • Rifle Rendezvous: $5,000 toward the event and its efforts to engage youth in western heritage.
  • West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway steering committee: $500 toward maintenance of informative exhibits and production of brochures.
  • New Ute Theater Society: $4,000 for offering programming in the arts and rental assistance for nonprofits utilizing the venue.
  • Glenwood Downtown Market and Music Series: $3,000 to help pay workers from Feed My Sheep, which sets up and breaks down the events.
  • Ambleside School Rocky Mountains: $4,000 for rehabilitation efforts at the new school building in New Castle.
  • Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program: $4,000 toward youth radio programs for students.
  • Glenwood Springs Summer of Music: $4,000 toward its annual concert series in Two Rivers Park.
  • Grand Valley Parks Association: $4,000 to help fund Grand Valley Days 2022.
  • Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra: $4,000 for support and expansion of the program, which aims to provide affordable musical instruction for area youth and free performances in the community.
  • Roaring Fork Conservancy: $3,000 for local water-quality monitoring.
  • Colorado Mountain College Foundation: $2,500 toward sponsorships for nontraditional students.
  • Colorado Mountain College: $4,000 toward scholarships, supplies and instruction for summer STEM camp.
  • Lower Valley Trail Association ($4,000 toward regional trails planning and expansion).

In addition, the Western Slope Veterans Coalition was awarded a $5,000 grant toward services and assistance for local veterans from the county’s Human Services Commission grant fund.

The county has $34,000 remaining in the discretionary fund for third- and fourth-quarter requests, the release states. For more information, visit

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