Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) announced recipients of the 2015-2016 Colorado Creates grant program, and two Delta County organizations are among the recipients. Delta Montrose Youth Services was awarded $6,500 and Elsewhere Studios in Paonia was awarded $4,000.
A total of 168 grants were awarded in 33 counties across the state totaling $1,260,500, an increase from the 162 grants awarded last year.
Colorado Creates is CCI's largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life. Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds.
"The state is experiencing healthy growth in the creative economy, due in large part to combined state, local and regional efforts to advance support for artists, non-profit arts organizations, and creative place making efforts," said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. "We applaud the talented and hard-working groups that contribute to our state's vibrant economy and, just as importantly, to our amazing quality of life. We are glad to support their work with the Colorado Creates grants each year."
The grants benefit both small and large communities, and 44% of grant funds were awarded in towns and cities located outside the Denver metro area.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.