BGCC to get grant

Only local nonprofit honored

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Of a dozen chosen nonprofits in the northwest corner of Colorado, the Boys and Girls Club of Craig was the only local recipient to be honored with a grant from the El Pomar Foundation.

"We were pretty excited," said Jonathan Godes, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.

El Pomar, a foundation charged with helping the state's nonprofits, granted a total of $50,000 to 12 nonprofits in the northwest region. Nearby Steamboat Springs' Advocates Against Battering and Abuse received a grant, as did Meeker's Child Care Center. Many of the other recipients were nonprofits from Grand Junction.

Godes said he is not sure how the club will allocate the grant dollars. The awards will be distributed Wednesday at an event in Grand Junction. Recipients will learn the dollar amount of their awards. Nat Robinson with El Pomar said that denominations would be about $5,000 each.

Club organizers have started into their yearly fund-raising campaign and are asking the community to help front operation costs of a minimum of $283,000 a year. A larger yearly budget of $377,000 could help organizers expand the club's programs. It costs roughly $25,000 a year for utilities for the building off east U.S. Highway 40.

The club reports 370 members, but that number could be 500 by the summer. The club hopes ultimately to expand to 1,000 members. Members pay a $10-a-year membership fee. If funds allow, the club may be able to open its doors for extended hours during the summer.

While club organizers are in the thick of a grant application process seeking funding sources, Godes said community support helps earn grant dollars.

"In order to get grants, we need to show there's support," he said.

Fund raising may rely on requesting donations from previous donors, Godes said.

Grant recipients for the El Pomar awards were chosen with help from local leaders, Robinson said.

"It's a new program that we rely upon the expertise of community leaders to make decisions," he said.

Some of those people include Susan Mizer, executive director of Horizons Specialized Services, Mesa State College President Tim Foster and state Sen. Ronald Teck.

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