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Southwest Colorado Nonprofits Honored in Durango


On Thursday, 27 nonprofit organizations serving southwest Colorado were recognized and awarded grants during a presentation at the Durango Discovery Museum. Over $220,000 was distributed to organizations serving the five-county Southwest Region. All of the grants were recommended by local community members through El Pomar Foundation’s Southwest Regional Council.

The grants came out of two of El Pomar’s internal grantmaking pools—funding from the Southwest Regional Council and the Colorado Assistance Fund V, an emergency services fund designed to assist organizations helping Coloradans most affected by the economic downturn. Throughout the state, over 150 nonprofit health and human service organizations will receive CAF V grants totaling $1 million over the next month, including the 15 in the Southwest region that received grants last night.

Grant recipients include:

Southwest Regional Council:

  • $10,000 to the Archuleta County Education Center (Pagosa Springs)
  • $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado (Durango)
  • $10,000 to San Juan BOCES for the organization’s Check-and-Connect Program (Regional)
  • $43,500 to the Community Radio Project, including: a $15,000 program grant for the American Community Engagement Project and a $28,500 capital grant for the Cornerstone project (Cortez)
  • $5,000 to the Bridge Emergency Shelter for the organization’s Day Labor Center (Cortez)
  • $15,000 to the Durango Adult Education Center, including $5,000 earmarked for San Juan County programming (Durango)
  • $2,500 to the Fort Lewis College Jazz Festival (Durango)
  • $10,000 to the Pagosa Youth Center (Pagosa Springs)
  • $10,000 to the Pine River Community Learning Center (Bayfield and Ignacio)
  • $10,000 to the Southwest Open School for the organization’s character education program (Cortez)
  • $10,000 to Western Region 4-H for the organization’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program (Regional)

Colorado Assistance Fund V:

  • $2,000 to the Community United Methodist Church (Pagosa Springs)
  • $5,000 to the Dolores County Health Association (Dove Creek)
  • $5,000 to Manna – The Durango Soup Kitchen (Durango)
  • $2,500 to Montezuma County Public Health for the organization’s Montezuma Smile Maker Program (Cortez)
  • $1,000 to the Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center (Pagosa Springs)
  • $2,000 to Pope John Paul II Church (Pagosa Springs)
  • $2,000 to Restoration Fellowship (Pagosa Springs)
  • $5,000 to Salvation Army Intermountain Division (Cortez)
  • $2,000 to St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church (Pagosa Springs)
  • $5,500 to The Bridge Emergency Shelter (Cortez)
  • $5,500 to The PInon Project for the Montelores Emergency Assistance Coalition (Cortez)
  • $17,500 to United Way of Southwest Colorado, including: $7,500 for the Pagosa Outreach Connection (Pagosa Springs); $5,000 for the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (Durango); and $5,000 for San Juan County assistance
  • $5,000 to Volunteers of America for the Durango Community Shelter (Durango)
  • $2,500 to the Women’s Resource Center (Durango)