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Telluride Foundation awards over $900,000 to community organizations, the largest amount ever!
The Telluride Foundation Board of Directors awarded $900,400 in Community Grants to 78 local nonprofits today, bringing the total granted in 2008 to over $1.8 million.


"Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors and the leadership of the Board, the Telluride Foundation is able to increase by 20% the total dollar amount distributed in Community Grants over last year. We are extremely grateful to these generous donors who support the vital work that our community nonprofits and organizations do for all of us," said Mark Dalton, Co-Chairman of the Telluride Foundation.


In its 2008 annual Community Granting cycle the Foundation awarded grants to 78 of the 81 groups that applied. In this cycle the grant awards ranged from $1,000 to $40,000, with 24 percent going to human services, 23 percent of the grants funding arts and culture, 18 percent to education, 21 percent to early childhood development, 6 percent to the environment/animals, and 8 percent to athletic groups. Three Technical Assistance Grants were also awarded. These Technical Assistance grants are designed to improve nonprofits' operational efficiency and/or capacity and include an organizational assessment by a third-party consultant as well as development and implementation of a specific action plan for the organization by a trained nonprofit consultant. A complete on-line searchable database of all grants can be found at



"This year, the grants committee seriously deliberated over each application in light of the economy, and the Committee was hesitant to fund new or emerging programs, new staff or new equipment," said Harmon Brown, Cchairman of the Ggrants Cgrants committee. "We considered how the need for core and essential services might increase in 2009 due to the economy and prioritized these services over programs that could be implemented in the future when the economy improves." Brown added, "Early childhood education was one of the core services that the Grants Committee choose to emphasize with its funding this year."


Local groups receiving grant awards included organizations serving Telluride, Ouray, Ridgway, Norwood, Nucla and Naturita. The Telluride Foundation supports many types of organizations in the community that serve the people who live or work in San Miguel County.


In addition to its annual Community Grant awards, the Foundation has continued to expand its funding and the reach of its initiative-based granting programs such as the Local Healthcare Initiative, Bright Futures Early Childhood Development Fund, the family emergency Good Neighbor Fund, the Immigrant Integration Initiative - One Telluride, and the Special Initiatives Grant Program.


The Telluride Foundation's Community Grant award recommendations are drafted by the nineseven-member Grants Committee, all of whom sit on the Foundation's Board of Directors. The committee evaluates the grant requests against a rigorous set of criteria and forwards their slate of recommendations to the full Board for review and final approval. The Grants Committee is comprised of Chairman Harmon Brown, Allan Gerstle, Elaine Fisher, Melanie Montoya, George Parker, Ed Barlow, Brian O'Neill, Trisha Maxon, and Susan Saint James - Ebersol. Their recommendations were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on December 30th. The Foundation's next round of local grants will be announced in December of 2009, with applications due October, 30 2009.


The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the cultivation and promotion of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and/or working in the Telluride region for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit