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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) has announced the 2022 Municipal Community Grant Recipients. Some 34 local nonprofits have received grants in 2022 totaling $135,563. CCCF was provided funding from the Town of Buena Vista and the City of Salida Community Grants Funds.

Chaffee County Community Foundation Grant Portal. Logo courtesy CCCF

The average award size for each nonprofit was $2,078. In 2021, the grant process awarded 32 nonprofits a total of $80,000 in funding, so this year’s awards represent a significant increase in local nonprofit support.

The CCCF Grant Review Committee consisted of eight volunteers who each contributed at least 25 hours of their time to review applicants and make funding recommendations. Betsy Dittenber, CCCF Executive Director, said, “CCCF is incredibly grateful for these dedicated volunteers who made it possible to have a balanced and in-depth review of the applicants.”

Another change for the 2022 grant process, was the shift from project-based funding to operating funding, which helps the nonprofit sector cover hard-to-pay-for expenses that are inherently necessary for their programs to exist.

“Organizations were evaluated on their total impact – not on the impact of a particular project,” Dittenber said.

The following organizations are recipients of the 2022 Municipal Community Grants:

  • Buena Vista Pregnancy Center
  • Bringing Everyone Together through the Crisis of Housing (BETCH)
  • Articipate
  • Mini-Blessings
  • Shining Mountains Montessori
  • Salida-area Parks and Open-space and Trails (SPOT)
  • KHEN
  • Salida Seed Library
  • Ark-Valley Humane Society
  • Salida Circus Outreach Foundation
  • Chaffee County Childcare Initiative
  • Salida Concerts, Inc.
  • Chaffee Housing Trust
  • Truth Has a Voice Foundation
  • Salida Mountain Trails
  • Achieve, Inc.
  • Foodshed Alliance
  • Southwest Conservation Corps
  • Chaffee County Council for the Arts
  • Ark Valley High Rollers
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Colorado Theater in Non-Traditional Spaces
  • Chaffee County Hospitality, Inc.
  • Chaffee County Early Childhood Council
  • Colorado Farm to Table, Inc.
  • Full Circle Restorative Justice
  • Greater Arkansas River Nature Area (GARNA)
  • Guidestone Colorado
  • Ark Valley Helping Hands
  • The Alliance
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County
  • elevateHER
  • Central Colorado Conservancy
  • Caring and Sharing.

Beginning in 2020, CCCF formed a partnership with The Town of Buena Vista Trustees and the Salida City Council to bring more consistency, transparency, and impartiality to their community grants processes. CCCF then designed and administered a separate online application process for each municipality to which organizations could quickly and consistently request grant support from Buena Vista and Salida.

“We value our partnership with the City of Salida and the Town of Buena Vista and are honored to bring together a variety of volunteer community members to review grant applications and determine how the municipal grant funds will impact their local communities,” said CCCF Grants Chair Rachele Vierthaler.

CCCF will host two Grant Readiness Workshops in May for nonprofits looking to strengthen their grant writing skills for future CCCF opportunities or other funders:

Session 1 will be held from 2:00vp.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 10 at Salida Regional Library which will cover grant application basics.

Session 2 will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 24 at Salida Regional Library which will cover how to tell the nonprofit story through a compelling grant narrative.

To learn more and register for these events visit

For questions or more information, contact Betsy Dittenber at or at 719-204-5071.

For more information on CCCF’s mission, impact, and programs, visit

Editor’s note: Truth Has a Voice Foundation received $1,000 which will help fund the annual Truth Has a Voice Foundation Student Journalist Internship at Ark Valley  The student internships are part of the effort to train the next generation of journalists on the ethical coverage of local news. This year’s internship will include a focus on the county’s workforce housing issues.