El Pomar Foundation approves $83,369 to organizations in the Southwest region


El Pomar Foundation

El Pomar trustees approved $83,369 to be allocated to 12 nonprofit organizations and government entities in the Southwest region at the foundation’s August trustees meeting. 

Through the foundation’s grant making process, the following organizations were awarded grants: 

• Rise Above Violence (Pagosa Springs) — $2,500 for the Runway for Rise event; regional merit. 

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado Inc. (Durango) — $10,000 in general operating support; competitive. 

• Dancing Spirit Inc. (Ignacio) — $5,000 in general operating support; regional merit. 

• Dove’s Nest (Dove Creek) — $10,000 in general operating support; regional council. 

• DUST2 (Pagosa Springs) — $5,200 for a bike fleet; Karl E. Eitel Fund.

• Healthy Archuleta Inc. (Pagosa Springs) — $2,500 for community health fair and symposium; regional merit. 

• Hive DGO (Durango) — $5,000 for life skills support for youth and community members; competitive.

• Montezuma County Public Health (Cortez) — $1,512 for the RISE suicide awareness walk; regional council. 

• Pagosa Community Initiative (Pagosa Springs) — $6,750 for scholarships for youth programming; Karl E. Eitel Fund. 

• Silverton Youth Center — $4,907 for youth summer activity programming; regional council. 

• Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center Inc. (Durango) — $25,000 for the Durango Community Healthcare Campus; competitive. 

• United Way of Southwest Colorado (Durango) —$5,000 for Pagosa Outreach Connection; regional merit. 

Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general purpose grant making. The competitive process remains the Foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding. Additionally, over the last 85 years, El Pomar has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds, as well as presenting merit grants in each region recommended by Trustees and regional council members. Competitive applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

To view a full listing of El Pomar’s funds and grant-making areas, please visit https://www.elpomar.org/grant-making/.