Day: September 22, 2017

Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s Annual Grant Awards Luncheon

Fraser Valley Lions The Fraser River Valley Lions Club’s annual grant awards luncheon was on September 19 at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. This year the Lions Club Foundation of Fraser Valley, Inc., which is the charitable giving arm of the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, awarded a record total of $40,000 in grants to 29 carefully selected Grand County non-profits. Award recipients vary greatly in their purpose and who they serve. Here’s where Lions Club reinvested in our community with the money you spent at the local campgrounds, on pancake breakfasts at the yellow Lions trailer, at the...

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Grand County Spotlight

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently heard updates from the Grand Foundation, the Office of Economic Development, and an annual presentation from the Middle Park Conservation District. COUNTY BLOCK GRANTS REVIEWED The Board welcomed Megan Ledin, Executive Director, and Stacy Starr, Grants Coordinator, from the Grand Foundation to discuss the County’s donor-advised fund, whose management was turned over to the Grand Foundation for the first time in 2017. Ledin and Starr presented on the 2017 grant cycle, reviewed applications and awards, and sought direction from the Board for the 2018 funding year.   Ledin indicated that the 2017 fund was $225,000, an amount that represented a 25 percent cut from the year before, reflecting a general restriction enforced across the County budget. She further reviewed that the BOCC had given a very specific mission in 2017, to focus on the areas of health and human services, with some monies going toward education organizations. She said that it was that direction and the 25 percent budget cut that informed their granting decisions. All grant applications were reviewed by a committee composed of Grand Foundation board and staff, and while they were used as resources, any committee member who served with any applicant organizations were asked to abstain from that funding vote. They examined how well the applicant organizations or projects fit within the intention areas, and looked...

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