Moffat County nonprofits to receive El Pomar grant money
Three nonprofit agencies designed to assist Craig and Moffat County residents will receive emergency grant money from the El Pomar Foundation, the Colorado Springs organization announced this week in a news release.
The Community Budget Center is slated to receive $7,500, Advocates-Crisis Support Services $2,000 and Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley $1,500.
The organizations were recommended to receive funding by the Northwest Regional Council, an advisory board of leaders representing seven counties in Northwest Colorado.
Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner is a council member.
The allocations to the local groups are part of a bigger funding effort, El Pomar reported.
“For the fifth time since the start of the economic downturn, El Pomar Foundation is distributing emergency funds to Colorado nonprofit organizations, helping those who continue to struggle meeting basic needs,” the agency wrote in a news release. “Throughout the state, more than 150 nonprofit organizations that focus on direct human service support will receive grants totaling $1 million over the next month.”
A recent El Pomar survey of more than 150 Colorado health and human service providers indicated assistance needs are still great.
According to the survey:
• 88 percent saw an increase in demand for services in the last 12 months.
• 59 percent saw a decrease in donations over the last 12 months.
“Throughout the state, health and human service providers are still challenged by an increase in demand for services coupled with a decrease in funding,” said William J. Hybl, El Pomar chairman and chief executive officer. “The trustees of El Pomar feel strongly that this remains an area where the foundation can make a significant difference by providing resources for those organizations that are supporting Coloradans still struggling to get by on a daily basis.”
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