Ten northwest Colorado nonprofit organizations will share in $676,500 in grants from the El Pomar Foundation, the group announced Monday.
The grants are just more in a long line of money to charitable groups by the foundation, which was created by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937.
The largest grant went to the Basalt-based Access After School, a group that offers after-school and summer programs for youth. That organization received $250,000 primarily to support its middle school enrichment program.
Another large grant, also for $250,000, went to Youthentity, a Carbondale group that also helps youth. That grant was specifically for the group’s career academy program.
Other grant awards went to:
n $98,500 to the Colorado Mesa University Foundation’s job certification pilot program.
n $25,000 to the Avalon Theatre Foundation in Grand Junction for building renovations and repairs of the downtown facility.
n $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado in general operating support.
n $10,000 to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in general operating support.
n $5,000 to CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) of the Ninth Judicial District — which serves Garfield, Rio Blanco and Pitkin counties — for general support.
n $5,000 to the Center for Enriched Communications, a Grand Junction counseling and education center, for general operating support.
n $5,000 to Mesa Youth Services for its mentoring program.
n $3,000 to Harmony Acres Equestrian Center for the direct care of equines.
The grants stem from the Colorado Springs-based foundation’s regional partnerships program, which was started in 2003 to focus on projects designed primarily at building or enhancing communities.
The foundation oversees several funds that give away more than $20 million in grants each year.