The North Fork Heart and Soul Project and the Western Colorado Community Foundation have partnered to provide $10,000 for mini-grants for the North Fork Valley community. The grant program will provide seed money for projects that exemplify the community's values and offer a positive impact on the future of the valley.
The Heart and Soul Project will award grants up to $3,000, selecting from over 30 proposals that were submitted.
"I am amazed at the creativity and quality of the proposals. It's very exciting! The review team will have a difficult time deciding the awards. Decisions will be based on how well the applicants express and enhance the values of our community," said project advisor Elaine Brett.
In addition to the team's selections, there will be a People's Choice Award that will be determined at the Community Summit and Business Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Hotchkiss K-8. Applicants have been asked to present their proposals to symposium participants who will vote for their favorite.
Over the past two years, the Heart and Soul Project has identified "what matters most" to the community by listening to almost 1,500 people, hearing their stories, their concerns and their wishes for the future of the valley. In interviews, pictures and on video, the project has identified those special places, characteristics and customs that residents treasure and that connect us to one another. If lost, these attributes would be widely missed and alter the character of the towns.
On Oct. 25-26, the project will hold a community summit in conjunction with the North Fork Chambers of Commerce (Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia). The public is invited.
On Friday evening at the Paradise Theatre, local filmmaker Jordan Schevene will premier a special video that expresses "what matters most."
For more information go to www.northforkheartsoul.com/community-summit.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves Delta County and six other counties. The foundation works with community-minded individuals who are interested in setting up funds to support programs and provide scholarships to improve the quality of life for residents of western Colorado. Since incorporation in 1996, the foundation has grown to almost $40 million in total assets and last year awarded $1.5 million in grants and scholarships. More information is available at www.wc-cf.org.blog comments powered by Disqus