Foundation to dispense $100,000 to fight hunger

The Daily Sentinel, SENTINEL STAFF

The Western Colorado Community Foundation is offering a new grant that will fund nonprofit agencies working to end hunger, part of their efforts to support the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger locally.

The foundation expects to use funds from its community grants endowment and donations from community partners to distribute $100,000 to local projects that increase access to healthy, local foods and improve food security for vulnerable populations. Preference will be given to projects that involve collaboration among multiple community groups. The deadline to apply is July 15.

"We hope that innovative projects in the seven counties we serve will be able to use these funds to make tangible, positive impacts in their communities," foundation spokesman Tedi Gillespie said. "We're excited to see what they do to combat what we know is a widespread problem."

The foundation manages more than 265 charitable funds totaling nearly $75 million in assets and awards more than $3.4 million in grants and scholarships annually. For information and to apply, visit