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The Telluride Foundation's Board of Directors met on Wednesday, December 30 for their bi-annual meeting. The highlights of the meeting included approving $1,050,000 in Community Grants to community and nonprofit organizations, electing Ed Barlow to join Joanne Corzine Brown as co-chair of the Board of Directors, receiving two Federal stimulus grants totaling over $1,300,000 for the region, and creating a new local social giving challenge program.


During the meeting, the Telluride Foundation Board of Directors awarded $1,049,670 in Community Grants to 82 regional nonprofits bringing the total grants given in 2009 by the Foundation to over $2.2 million. In this granting cycle, the Foundation received 91 applications seeking $1,476,793. The Foundation awarded grants to 82 of the 91 groups that applied; awards ranged from $1,500 to $45,000, with 28 percent going to human services, 17 percent of the grants funding arts and culture, 18 percent to education, 22 percent to early childhood development, 8 percent to the environment/animals, and 7 percent to athletic groups.


This board meeting marked the end of Mark Dalton's three-year term as Co-Chair. Ed Barlow was elected to serve a two year term as the new Co-chair with Joanne Corzine Brown. Barlow, a part time resident since 1995, has business interests in Telluride and has been an active member and supporter of the community. In addition the Board elected Davis Fansler to serve on the Executive Committee and Bridgitt Evans, Marlene Silver and Harmon Brown to serve on the Development Committee. The Board reviewed the two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Stimulus funding grants from Department of Health and Human Service that the Telluride Foundation received. The Telluride Foundation was one of 35 nationwide (out of 350) grantees to receive a Strengthening Communities Fund grants for the west ends of San Miguel, Dolores, Montrose and Montezuma Counties. The purpose of the Strengthening Communities Fund is to improve the ability of nonprofit organizations to promote the economic recovery of people with low incomes. Grant funding of $999,684 will be used to build the capacity of nonprofit partners in order to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their community, including helping low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to state and Federal benefits and tax credits in the western and rural portions of San Miguel, Montrose, Dolores and Montezuma counties, including the communities of Norwood, Egnar, Naturita, Nucla, Paradox, Dolores, Dove Creek and the unincorporated areas of western Montezuma County.


The Telluride Foundation in partnership with its Local Health Initiative, Bright Futures Early Childhood Regional Council, childcare providers and school districts was awarded $301,410 for its children's public health insurance enrollment program. The Foundation was one of 69 grantees (out of 400) nationwide to receive a Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) grant to help find and enroll children who are uninsured but eligible for either Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHP+). The Program will increase and retain Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment for children ages birth-18 through childcare and school based programs in San Miguel, Ouray, Montrose and Delta counties. The Program will also hire enrollment "Navigators", develop web-based tracking and enrollment software, create bilingual marketing materials, hold enrollment fairs and events, and ensure enrollment Navigators are present at ongoing childcare and school based functions, such as kindergarten registration and back-to-school nights.


Finally, The Foundation's Board of Directors approved a local social giving contest for 2010 utilizing "text-to-give". The Foundation would run four contests in 2010. The contests would solicit $5 contributions from the public for up to four pre-selected nonprofit and match every dollar raised up to $2,000 for the winning nonprofit.


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