• Tom Genes

Caring Fund Accepting Applications

The Caring for Community Fund, governed and co-funded by Aspen Skiing Company employees, is now accepting grant applications.

The application deadline is Oct. 21, 2019.

The Caring for Community Fund is dedicated to serving the Roaring Fork Valley’s individuals and families by supporting human and social service organizations working from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. Grants will be focused on organizations providing community members support in times of critical need. In particular, the Fund hopes to improve access to mental health services. Eligible organizations include those providing childcare services, mental health and addiction counseling, healthcare, affordable housing or access to any service helping people get back on their feet.

The Caring for Community Fund is funded by employees of Aspen Skiing Company and supported by a two-for-one matching commitment from the company. The Fund is directed by an employee board, and employee engagement is one of its main objectives. Employees learn about issues impacting their neighbors’ well-being and get to know the local organizations that can help with specific struggles. Long after an employee serves on the board, many will stay involved with the organizations and issues they learned about during their service. Some will become board members of those nonprofits.

In its second year, Aspen Skiing Company’s Caring for Community Fund donated over $151,000 to 13 organizations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Grants were made to support mental-healthcare access and crisis prevention, domestic violence victim services, programs for people who experienced sudden loss, peer-mentoring programs for kids, and services for the region’s homeless.

The next deadline for applications is Oct. 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Typical grant requests are in the $2,000 to $10,000 range. If a project significantly exceeds this range, contact Brenda O’Connor (email below) before applying. Eligible recipients include nonprofit (501 c3) organizations, schools or government agencies. All projects must clearly demonstrate a local community benefit. 

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