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2023 Community Grant Cycle Awards

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has awarded $541,980 to 70 nonprofits in its 2023 Community Grant Cycle. This year's grant cycle was on par with 2022 in both total funds allocated (+$10,000), nonprofits supported (70 vs 74) and allocation by sector. Eighty six percent of total dollars requested was funded.

Of the total dollars granted:

  • $147,741 went to 24 organizations for program grants.
  • $196,790 was awarded to 32 nonprofits for unrestricted general operating grants.
  • $90,000 ($7,500 each) was granted to 12 organizations for a third and final year of general operating multiyear grants.
  • Four organizations received a total of $107,449 in Impact grants for projects that will be transformative for our community and/or the organization.

The annual Community Grant Cycle at YVCF is made possible due to generous partnerships with the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp, Donor Advised Fund advisors, and community volunteers who support the process financially and with their time and expertise.

The Cycle not only distributes funds to nonprofits in the Yampa Valley but also opens doors for conversations about how YVCF can further support nonprofits with training and capacity building. The robust grant evaluation process - which includes reviewing nonprofit financials and on-site visits of every applicant - truly gives YVCF insight into successes and challenges nonprofits are having. We invite you to read about a challenge faced by Moffat County's Community Budget Center that was identified and resolved during this year's grant review process.

Full List of Awardees

Final Scholarships Awarded

Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarships · 2023 Highlights

This was a truly spectacular year of funding education. Here are some highlights:

  • The Catamount Ranch & Club Scholarship committee announced their 2023 recipients with $72,000 awarded to 31 student employees, closing out YVCF's scholarship year.
  • Yampa Tuition Grants, a new scholarship for students with financial need, awarded a stunning $195,000 to local students in its first year!
  • The Kurtz Family Scholarship wrapped up its final year of helping two students attend veterinary school, having granted a total of $179,444 over a four year period.
  • With a portion of proceeds from the Passport Club charitable ski pass program, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp awarded $52,750 to 36 students.

Interested in helping local students attend college, trade school or a certificate program? Many of YVCF's scholarship funds accept outside donations. Learn more HERE or contact Jenny Campbell at or 970-879-8632.

Featured New Funds

In collaboration with Yampa Valley Regional Airport, the nonprofit The Good Traveler, and the Routt County Climate Action Plan Collaborative, YVCF has opened the Routt County Climate Action Collaborative Fund. The fund was created to facilitate carbon offsets by travelers to Northwest Colorado and to support hyper-local projects working to mitigate the impacts of climate change, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 and 74% by 2050.

Travelers can use the Good Traveler site to donate to the fund or donate directly through YVCF's website. The Routt County Climate Action Plan Collaborative Board will serve as the grant committee to recommend distributions for local projects.

Offset Your Travel

Hans Geier (1933-2023), president of the Steamboat Ski Area from 1981-1990 and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame awardee, was a bright, innovative, caring man who looked for opportunities to help others and contributed greatly to the world around him. He valued education, an opportunity he didn't personally have access to due to WWII.

Donations to the Hans Geier Memorial Scholarship will support scholarships through the Yampa Tuition Grants Fund to benefit students with financial need from Routt and Moffat Counties in their pursuit of post-secondary education.


Welcome New Nonprofit

Welcome to the new nonprofit The Veterans Center whose vision is "To provide a space where all members of the armed forces, past and present, and their families feel welcome, can find social connection, and can have access to the help they need, when they need it."

Their first effort toward achieving this vision is historically renovating the Schubring-Cruse VFW Post #4264 building located at 924 Lincoln Avenue to create a central resource center for veterans and active duty military personnel and their families.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

September 27

Women's Giving Circle PLUS ONE Fall Happy Hour


September 28

IMPACT100 Season 17 Final Voting & Awards Event

Mythology Distillery


October 23

Office closed as we move into our new headquarters!

YVCF in the News

Steamboat Pilot (August 11, 2023): Newborn Network to host Play and Learn in Oak Creek

Steamboat Pilot (August 23, 2023): Yampa Valley Regional Airport offers carbon offset program toward climate action: Partners collaborate with The Good Traveler


Craig Daily Press (August 24, 2023): Community Budget Center’s room and structural repair funding gap met with grant from Yampa Valley Community Foundation

Steamboat Pilot (August 24, 2023): Yampa Valley Community Foundation celebrates Philanthropists of the Year

The Colorado Sun (September 4, 2023): Colorado mountain town foundations honor lost local heroes like Steamboat’s Nick Simon

Steamboat Pilot (September 5, 2023): Lawmakers ask CDOT for Northwest Colorado passenger-rail development plan

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