Colorado Trust aims to aid area nonprofits |

Colorado Trust aims to aid area nonprofits

A local nonprofit was highlighted at a luncheon put on by The Colorado Trust (TCT) Friday in Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County On The Move, a nonprofit designed to heighten physical activity and increase nutritional knowledge in the community, was one of two nonprofits to speak.

Elisa Shackelton, the director for the local non-profit, gave a 20-minute presentation on the successes her program has had and how vital the TCT grant has been. “Colorado Trust is an amazing funder,” she said. “They give enough time and money to achieve goals.”

The Colorado Trust was formed in 1985 and gave out $13.8 million in grants to Colorado nonprofits last year. To date, the organization has given funds to every county in Colorado.

Susan Downs-Karkos, senior program officer for TCT, told attendees the grant making foundation is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the people in Colorado.

Downs-Karkos said Moffat County On The Move is a perfect example of what TCT looks for in applicants.

“Elisa is a great success story,” she said.

“She came up with creative and different programs.”

Moffat County On The Move’s grant with TCT ends this year but Shackelton said she hopes to receive other grants to keep the program going.

The application for TCT is due Aug. 26 and Shackelton said for Moffat County non-profits to get the grant, they need to collaborate. Moffat County On The Move worked together with eight local agencies to apply for the TCT grant.

“Northwest Colorado tends to not have the resources like the metro areas,” she said. “So as non-profits we need to work together. The missions of (non-profits) don’t all fit and the ones with common missions need to apply for the grants. Apply for grants that you are passionate about.”

TCT is always interested in funding rural areas, Downs-Karkos said, and she encouraged Moffat County non-profits to apply.

“I have always been impressed with (Northwest Colorado non-profits),” she said.

“It’s a great region of Colorado and we hope to be able to fund them for a long time.”

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