June 06--The Southern Colorado Community Foundation is offering an additional $50,000 in grant funding this year, thanks to the stock market's performance in 2013.
"We did very well last year, and the board decided Tuesday to offer additional grants this year," said foundation Director Doris Kester.
As all other SCCF grants, Kester said the windfall funds will go to qualified Southern Colorado nonprofits, with preference given to agencies already listed on the SCCF website.
Grants may be used for general operating expenses or for program expenses.
The deadline to apply for the new funding is July 1.
Agencies that received regular funding for 2014 are eligible to apply for supplemental funding. SCCF this year will award 60 grants totaling about $500,000, Kester said. Some regular grants are awarded quarterly and others annually.
Kester and the foundation's board of directors make grant decisions.
Nonprofits in the following counties may apply: Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande and Saguache.
Grant request forms are available online at sccfcolorado.org, where organizations not already listed may apply for inclusion on the foundation's list.
Grant requests also may be emailed to Kester at kester@ddmktg. com, or sent via postal service to SCCF, 121 W. First St., Suite 240, Pueblo, CO 81003.
For more information, call Kester at 546-6677.
SCCF was founded in 1998 by Chieftain Publisher and Editor Robert H. Rawlings. Its assets have grown since then to $10 million. More than $500,000 in grants were awarded last year, Kester said.
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