Advancing Equity Grants Announced

Six Local Projects Funded for Equity Work

The Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley recently funded six projects spearheaded by local organizations focused on equity work in the community. The Momentum Fund, which made these awards possible, provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that manage COVID-19 funds. Priority was given to organizations managing COVID-19 funds that are helping other nonprofits meet the needs of communities and populations whose health and/or financial situations have been most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who have been historically under-served and under-resourced in the United States, U.S. Territories or on Native American Reservations. 

“With a competitive grant application and review, narrowing down our awards to six grants from a pool of thirteen applications was no simple feat for the six-person volunteer selection committee,” stated CFGV Executive Director Lauren Kugler.

The following organizations received CFGV equity grants:

  • Gunnison Watershed School District: For the Gunnison High School boys’ soccer team, providing the opportunity to build community, promote diversity and inclusion, and offer cross-cultural mentorship.
  • Gunnison Watershed School District: For ongoing Equity Labs.  The Labs are a series of workshops for teachers and staff to provide insights, resources and vocabulary for more effectively interacting with students and addressing complicated issues in the classroom.
  • Gunnison Watershed School District: To launch a Meaningful Leadership class for 7th-8th graders.  The class will address topics like participating in challenging conversations, bullying, understanding cultural differences and addressing barriers such as language.
  • Gunnison County’s CSU Extension 4-H Program: To engage local partners and families to explore and pilot Juntos 4-H, a national program which dramatically improves the graduation rate and college aspirations of Latinx youth.
  • Gunnison County Juvenile Services: For collaboration with several key organizations county-wide to enable front-line staff to learn Spanish.
  • Trinity Baptist Church, working with The Gunnison Project: To offer free after-school activities, accessible to any interested local youth.

All grant applicants will be part of a learning community, invited to share their work and troubleshoot challenges together along the way.

Stay tuned for more information on CFGV’s Advancing Equity Initiatives!

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