Surface Creek Community grant helps nonprofit garden

Gardener Michael Isenhart tills soil in the Cedaredge Community Garden. Last year, the non-profit garden received a Surface Creek Community Fund grant which was used to service garden equipment.

Last year, the newly established Surface Creek Community Fund (SCCF) awarded grants to eight local nonprofits. A total of $10,500 was distributed to support community activities which took place in 2020-21. This year, the SCCF expects to award between $15,000-20,000 to applicants with the amount of grants for 2021-22 projects ranging from $500 to $2,500.

The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) has partnered with SCCF to create what they describe as a “community-wide funding vehicle.” In a news release, the WCCF describes the Surface Creek fund as “a charitable investment account to benefit the people of Austin, Cedaredge, Cory, Eckert and Orchard City.”

Nonprofit groups operating in the designated communities can begin applying for grants on Monday, Aug. 2. Applications close on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Grants will be awarded in autumn. Applicants must be 501c3 nonprofit organizations or another qualifying charitable entity as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service, such as a school, church or government entity.

Interested organizations can obtain application information at the Western Colorado Community Fund website: wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking/

In order to distribute grants, the SCCF relies on monetary contributions from Surface Creek communities. Individuals as well as organizations can contribute. The Cedaredge Rotary Club is a major donor.

According to the WCCF news release: “Community-minded donors can make contributions of any size. Funds are used to support local nonprofit organizations and community improvement projects through a competitive grants’ application process. A local steering committee made up of community leaders reviews grant applications and makes decisions once a year.”

Those wishing to donate to the fund can contribute at any time. According to a Surface Creek Community Fund brochure, donations to the fund are tax deductible. Donors can write a check, donate appreciated stock or use the charitable IRA rollover technique. The brochure also encourages individuals to leave a gift as part of their will or estate plans. The SCCF brochure is available online at the WCCF website: wc-cf.org/nonprofits/grantmaking/

For further information, contact the Western Colorado Community Fund at 970-243-3767 or email KLynch@wc-cf.org.

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