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Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) has announced two new impact grants aimed at supporting environmental and housing solutions in our community.

This grant initiative is intended to provide funding to local organizations addressing two critical issues in Chaffee County. The first is environmental challenges; clean water, environmental stewardship, and recycling or waste reduction efforts. The second: affordable housing solutions that make long-term, sustainable housing accessible to local residents.

The Housing Innovation Grant,

Funded by contributions to CCCF’s Housing Solutions Fund, the Housing Innovation Grant will be awarded to one or more applicants in amounts ranging from $10,000 up to $35,000.

“We have intentionally designed these Impact Grants to encourage innovative solutions for the housing issues and environmental challenges facing Chaffee County, and we are so excited to see the ingenuity and creativity that we know Chaffee County can bring to this competitive process,” said Chaffee County Community Foundation Executive Director Betsy Dittenber.

“At CCCF, we believe that by investing in environmental and housing solutions, we can create a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future for everyone in our community,” she adds.

 Environmental Innovation Grant

A single recipient will receive up to $16,000 for the Environmental Innovation Grant.

This grant is made possible by CCCF’s partnership with Bonfire Entertainment and contributions to the foundation’s Environmental Solutions Fund. Applications will be evaluated based on a range of criteria, including impact, innovation, community engagement, and sustainability.

The grant application window opens March 13, 2023 and closes on April 14, 2023.

Interested organizations are encouraged to visit to learn more about the eligibility criteria and application process.

Grants will be awarded to organizations and initiatives that demonstrate a clear understanding of the challenges faced by our community and present viable solutions that align with criteria outlined in the grant rubric. Applicants should direct any questions to Betsy Dittenber at  or 719-204-4565.

For those not familiar with the CCCF, it was founded in 2018 as a public, nonprofit organization established to promote and facilitate philanthropy in Chaffee County, created by and for the people in that area.

CCCF materials point out that it “acts as a catalyst to inspire positive change through the power of philanthropy to enrich the lives of all people within the county.” Among its goals: making sure that informed philanthropy is accessible to all, building local nonprofit capacity, and enabling community conversations.