El Pomar Foundation awards $62,500 to SLV organizations


COLORADO SPRINGS — El Pomar Trustees approved $62,500 allocated to 11 nonprofit organizations and government entities in the San Luis Valley at the Foundation’s May Trustees meeting. Through the Foundation’s grant making process, the following entities were awarded grants:

  • Care and Share, Inc. (Colorado Springs) — $7,000 for San Luis Valley general operating support; Trustee regional merit
  • Center for Restorative Programs (Alamosa) — $5,000 in general operating support; regional merit
  • City of Alamosa — $20,000 for the soup kitchen and emergency shelter; competitive
  • Creede Musical Arts Collective, Inc. — $2,500 in general operating support; regional merit
  • Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc. — $2,500 for technology upgrades at Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre; regional merit
  • Equal Representation of Media Advocacy Corporation (Alamosa) — $2,500 in general operating support; competitive
  • San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society (Alamosa) — $3,000 in general operating support; Trustee regional merit
  • San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center (Alamosa) — $5,000 in general operating support; regional merit
  • The HadaNou Collective (Denver) — $10,000 for Shooting Stars Cultural and Leadership Center support in Alamosa; regional merit
  • Upper Rio Grande Animal Society (Monte Vista) — $2,500 in general operating support; regional merit
  • Valley Citizens Foundation for Health Care, Inc. (Del Norte) — $2,500 in general operating support; regional merit

Founded by Spencer and Julie Penrose in 1937, El Pomar Foundation has an established legacy of general purpose grant making. The competitive process remains the Foundation’s primary vehicle for organizations to receive funding. Additionally, over the last 85 years, El Pomar has either developed or been entrusted with the stewardship of a number of other funds, as well as presenting merit grants in each region recommended by Trustees and regional council members. Competitive applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

In an effort to increase impact and establish connections across the entire state, the Regional Partnerships program was established in 2003. Each of the Foundation’s eleven regional councils advises El Pomar Trustees and recommends grants to help support its communities. The San Luis Valley Regional Council recommends grants in Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties. Council members are regional leaders in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors and provide first-hand information about current needs in their own communities.

To view a full listing of El Pomar’s funds and grant making areas, visit online www.elpomar.org/grant-making/.