The Caring for Community Fund, governed and funded by Aspen Skiing Company employees with a 2 for 1 company match, is now accepting grant applications for its annual grant program. Applications for the Fall 2019 grant cycle are due by October 21, 2019.
Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Brenda O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of interest and completed applications should be emailed to Brenda.
In its first year of operation, the Caring for Community Fund awarded $35,500 to 10 organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley. In 2018, the Fund awarded over $151,000 to 13 organizations. Three organizations received grants between $22,000 and $41,000 through the Fund's Health Minds Large Grant program, which was made possible by substantial donations from ASC executives and ASC Family Fund.
The Caring for Community Fundis dedicated to serving communities from Aspen to Parachute through the funding of organizations which help facilitate a strong, healthy, supportive and productive community. To this end, grants will be focused on organizations providing community members support in times of critical need and allowing them the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Critical areas of focus include:
Healthcare, with specific emphasis on improving access to mental health and addiction counseling services
Crisis support – food aid, emergency relocation services, legal assistance
Safe and affordable housing
Educational and job training resources to ensure all people with specific emphasis on programs serving children and young adults, have the resources, support and opportunities necessary to be successful.
Funding will be particularly focused on opportunities to leverage dollars across the community effectively and expand programs where a need exists.