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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) is announcing the opening of the application process for organizations interested in applying to Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s (SDCEA) Community Grants program. The program has a total budget of $30,000 to be awarded to organizations serving residents living in Chaffee, Custer, Lake, and Fremont counties.

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association. Courtesy logo

The SDCEA Community Grants program is not new. But in 2020, the SDCEA board entered into a partnership with CCCF to bring more consistency, transparency, and impartiality to their community grants process.

CCCF has formed a community grants review committee to review, rank, and conduct site visits with applicants before making final funding decisions. There are reviewers on the committee from all four counties to ensure a broad representation and community understanding during the grant review process.

The online application is open as of Monday, July 26 and the application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 23. Applications will be reviewed and site visits conducted through the month of September, with funding being decided and awarded on or around Friday, October 8, 2021.

Eligible organizations can request up to $5,000 in general operating, capital, or programmatic funds. Applicants must demonstrate a clear connection to SDCEA’s 2021 community grant program priorities of community health, basic needs, disaster preparedness or relief (including search and rescue), and animal welfare.

For more detailed eligibility and program criteria, or to apply, visit CCCF’s website at: www.

Organizations with questions or Chaffee, Custer, Lake, or Fremont county residents who are interested in applying for the grant review committee may email

Interested community members can follow CCCF on Facebook and Instagram or sign up for the newsletter at to get notifications and updates.

Featured image: Sangre de Cristo Electric Association. Image courtesy SCDEA Program and Services