Funding will support expansion of and participation in Las Fiestas Patrias, sustainability of after-school programming, home energy services for low-income residents, and more

Lake County Build a Generation and the Youth Master Plan Coalition announce grant recipients for the winter 2016-2017 round of mini grants. Lake County Build a Generation was able to award $25,409 in LiveWell Leadville and Youth Master Plan Mini Grants. Awardees are as follows:

  • Leadville Main Street program was awarded $2,541 to organize the second Las Fiestas Patrias parade and celebration. Funds will be used to expand the event by adding a band to perform, adding more supplies and involving more community members. The event will take place on Sept. 16, 2017, as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Project Dream was awarded $4,000 for sustainability to continue after-school programming for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. With the grant, programming will run through the end of the school year, May 18, 2017, instead of ending in April 2017 when the 21st CCLC federal grant ends. In addition, Project Dream was awarded $2,375 for supplies to purchase materials for successful clubs, including guitar cases for guitar club, dance uniforms for the dance club, and additional supplies and curriculum for Lego Robotics club. It was also awarded $1,270 to purchase a new set of bagpipes for the Mt. Massive Youth Pipe Band. The grant will fund one new set of pipes to support the pipe band and its growing number of students who are transitioning from the practice chanter onto full bagpipes.  
  • Cloud City Conservation Center received $5,000 to support the building of the Cloud City Farm, a project that aims to increase Lake County’s capacity to grow fresh and nutritious produce for residents. Grant funds will be used to hire staff and provide subsidized Community Supported Agriculture shares, especially for the Community Meals program. In addition, C4 was awarded $1,750 to support home energy services for low-income families in Lake County.
  • Full Circle of Lake County was awarded $700 for the Women’s Empowerment Sewing Project and $2,263 for the Outdoor Leadership Club. The Latina Women’s Empowerment group will teach 20 women to sew folkloric skirts for children in the Las Fiestas Patrias  parade. In addition to the women learning new skills, the folkloric skirts will help the women teach their children about their heritage. Participation in the parade will also enable the group to share elements of Hispanic culture with the community. The Outdoor Leadership Club will use grant funds to take 20 eighth-grade students to Moab, Utah, to participate in four days and three nights of activities. The trip serves as the capstone of a year’s worth of social-emotional learning, skill building, and trust building with Full Circle. Students will plan the adventure, organize food and supplies and then rappel, canyoneer, rock climb, sleep in tents, manage their campsite and learn about an exciting new environment.
  • Interagency Oversight Group at the Department of Human Services was awarded $5,000 to help the group further its mission to address the needs of homeless youth in Lake County. The group will use the funds to continue developing strategies and seeking resources so that homeless youth in Lake County have their needs met, including a stable place to sleep; food, basic clothing and hygiene essentials; supportive people in their lives; readily available mental health services; and opportunities to thrive in school and participate in extracurricular activities. The group will also provide education to community members on the topic of youth homelessness.
  • Lake County Intermediate School Junior Achievement Program was awarded $510 to expand the program to three more classes of students at LCIS. Funding will be used to purchase additional curriculum kits. The Junior Achievement curriculum uses hands-on classroom activities to provide fifth-grade students with practical information about the nation’s free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for business and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers.

Lake County Build a Generation would like to thank the funders who have made this round of mini grants possible: LiveWell Colorado and the El Pomar Foundation. Members of the Youth Master Plan Steering Committee — Colleen Nielsen, Bethany Maher, Elio Navarro, Janeen McGee, Cristina Reveles, Anne Sifuentes, and Katy Warner— reviewed applications. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved the grant awards at its Jan. 3 regular meeting.