Another year, another $100,000 in grants to Summit County nonprofits. The Park City Foundation recently distributed its fourth year of grants to nearby nonprofits as part of the Community Fund program, with plans to revamp in 2012.
Trisha Worthington, the executive director of the Park City Foundation, said the program had a successful year in 2011, funding 21 of the 60 total nonprofits that submitted applications and plans to make funds more accessible this year. Funding went mostly toward health and human services and education, but programs supporting arts and culture, animals and sports still received a handful of grants from The Park City Foundation.
"Our mission is to support Summit County nonprofits and the community at large," Worthington said.
"In a tough economic time, we came in and created a new revenue source for nonprofits," she added. "It's a feel-good job for sure."
In 2012, Worthington plans on making grants available sooner with applications due March 9th and distribution taking place in July.
"We're trying to respond to the nonprofits' needs and bring funding in earlier for them."
Executive director Jane Patten of the domestic violence shelter, Peace House, said that is exactly what these grants are doing.
"It really makes programs possible. Not easier. Possible," Patten said. "These grants have been the source for one program for the past three years."
That program is domestic violence education provided free to any public or private school in Summit County. Through the grant funding Peace House pays for a staff member to visit classrooms and discuss domestic violence issues from teaching kids to be aware of unsafe situations to Internet safety and teen dating violence all tailored to every age.
"We need to find the money somewhere and this grant has really helped us," Patten said. " We live in a unique community with an understanding of value in nonprofits."
Worthington called the organization's process for reviewing applications extensive. All applicants write a one-page submission and after moving on to the second round will go through background checks that review finances and history in the community.
"We're supporting organizations that are solid, well-run and making an impact that have a good evaluation in place on how the funding is being used," Worthington said.
Donors who give $8,000 or more in a year receive a community pass, which includes goodies such as ski passes and a few rounds of golf.
"We definitely appeal to a donor who wants to support to the community as a whole," Worthington said. "People know this organization is supporting our community's most pressing needs."
For more information on how to apply for a grant visit www.theparkcityfoundation.org or call 435-214-7476.