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Park City Foundation grants total $105,000

Not-for-profits must apply for foundation money by March 9Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

The Park City Foundation is preparing for its fifth year of the Community Fund Grant Program and has $105,000 to award to local non-profits that help improve the community.

Katie Wright, program manager for The Park City Foundation said that since the Foundation began awarding grants five years ago, they have given $500,000 to non-profits in the community.

"It is so exciting that we have been able to give so much even though it is a new program," Wright said. "Any non-profit that serves the citizens, workforce and visitors can apply. We have various programs throughout the year, but this is our annual competitive process."

According to Wright, the Foundation examines applicants based on the needs of the community, how well they are run and the extent to which they keep the community vibrant and unique.

"We like to spread the grants around and make sure we award them to programs that help kids, adults, animals and the environment. We want to touch on everything," she said.

Grants vary between $1,500 and $10,000. The average amount is $5,000, said Wright.

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"It is a pretty competitive process but we try to keep it simple. In the first stage of the application, organizations just need to say how much money they are requesting and what they want to do with it in about 400 words," Wright said. "Our board ranks them and about half of them move on to the next stage. This way, programs that are not highly likely of receiving a grant do not waste their time on the application process and instead continue working on their missions."

Organizations that do make it to the second stage are ranked by the amount of money they want, fill out another application and our visited by the Foundation’s board members.

Applications for the first stage of the process are due by end of the day on March 9. Wright said this year the grants will be awarded in the summer instead of at the end of the year to help balance cash flow.

"A lot of non-profits receive end-of-the-year donations and that is when our Live PC Give PC donations take place as well so we wanted to spread out the donations," she said.

The money for the Community Fund Grant Program is raised through the Foundation’s Community Pass. According to Wright, donors purchases a package that includes multiple day passes to any two of the area’s ski resorts and golf passes at nine different golf courses.

"The passes are donated by the resorts and it is their way of giving back to a very critical program in the community," she said.

Donors and non-profits can find out more about The Park City Foundation by visiting http://www.theparkcityfoundation.org. Organizations interested in applying for a community grant should email Katie Wright at Katie@theparkcityfoundation.org .