Elevate received good news this month from Colorado's Broadband Board -- it was awarded more than $4 million in grants to build fiber and provide high-speed internet in rural areas near Crawford, Hotchkiss, Delta and Montrose. But, that good news was tempered when TDS, the longtime internet, phone and TV provider in Delta County, appealed the decision.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Region 10 LEAP Area Agency on Aging, in Montrose to provide respite care services for families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementia-related illnesses. Region 10 LEAP Area Agency on Aging was one of 15 organizations in nine states to receive grants as part of AFA's Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grant program.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has set aside a minimum of $400,000 to match a Homeland Security grant to be used for ALICE training and building upgrades, specifically automated locks for internal and external doors on buildings throughout the school district.
At their Aug. 6 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes signed a full-year grant application to the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement Fund for a $10,000 grant for victim services, provided through the sheriff's office and under the direction of Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee.
The grant application provides the number and type of primary victims that the sheriff's office expects to serve in the next calendar year, and estimates the number of victims in each category.
Delta County School District 50J is the recipient of a USDA Farm to School planning grant for the 2018-19 funding cycle. USDA's Farm to School grants fund school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations in their efforts to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, teach children about food and agriculture through garden and classroom education, and develop schools' and farmers' capacities to participate in farm to school.
The City of Delta has purchased the West Home Center property at 327 Main Street for $19,033.62 -- the current and past property taxes on the land. The building has no value, according to county property records.
The City of Delta announced this week that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,232 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support replacement of old worn out and unsafe youth baseball and softball equipment and provide funding for all brand new helmets, catchers' gear, batting tees and bats.
Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor was able to secure a generous grant from the Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) for the Technical College of the Rockies to upgrade its law enforcement shooting range with the addition of concrete lanes and yard markers. The grant is managed by the West/Central POST training region which consists of law enforcement agencies from Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.
The City of Delta is applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant for improvements at Cleland Park. The $200,000 request would be matched by $50,000 from the city's Conservation Trust Fund.
The Technical College of the Rockies is the recipient of a $680,000 grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), as part of the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities initiative. This grant will support the start-up operations of the ENGAGE (ENergy - Growth - AGriculture & Entrepreneurship) Innovation Project, which will be operated under the umbrella of TCR. ENGAGE will provide the necessary entrepreneurial support to help launch new businesses in Delta County with a special focus on value-added food manufacturing, energy, and ag-related businesses.
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