Climax/Freeport McMoRan Announces Grant Recipients
On Friday, April 26, the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation announced the 2013 Climax Area Community Investment Fund grant recipients.
Recognizing organizations with a vision for a sustainable future in the areas of education, economic development, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, citizen involvement and transportation, 16 area nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $591,600. Recipients from four counties – Lake, Summit, Chaffee, and Eagle – were recognized at a presentation on April 26 held at Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus in Leadville.
The 2013 Grant Recipients:
Cloud City Conservation Center – $17,000
Funds will be used in an effort to promote awareness of household energy use leading to a decrease in energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions for Lake County residents through contractor training, home energy improvement projects and community education in collaboration with the Lake County Energy Partnership. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase equipment to expand energy audits and service to Lake County participants. Long-term benefits to the community will be by a decrease in environmental impacts through energy reduction and savings for local homeowners.
Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Inc. – $27,000
Funds will be used to construct a covered pavilion at the handicapped accessible picnic grounds of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery creating opportunity for additional utilization of the grounds creating further economic impact for Lake County and the facility.
Lake County – $32,000
Funds will be used to support a collaborative project between the City of Leadville and Lake County for the development of a new comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan will provide a sustainable benefit to Lake County residents through more effective planning, land use and streamlined resources available to the community.
Lake County Intermediate School – $56,200
This grant supports the advancement of STEM education through the implementation of the See the Change curriculum in 6th through 8th grades at Lake County Middle School. The goal is to increase the number of students entering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through access to early physics programs.
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation – $65,000
Grant funding will assist in the purchase of digital Mammography equipment and services at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. This equipment will provide important local services to community members locally while also increasing revenue generating opportunities for the hospital.
High Country Conservation Center – $34,400
Grant funding will support the Summit Cultivating Students of Agriculture (Summit CSA) program which engages participants in local food production providing fresh, affordable produce to community members. This program aims to provide healthier lifestyle choices, leadership training, job skills and a reduction in environmental impacts from the decrease in food transportation.
Blue River Watershed Group – $20,000
Funds will restore a section of the Tenmile Creek and re-create desirable stream and floodplain characteristics to
improve the environmental and recreational functions of the creek and improve water quality for downstream
CASA of the Continental Divide – $50,000
Program funding will support the CASA in providing child advocacy for at risk children in the juvenile court system with the goal of increasing stability in these children’s lives and ultimately improving the overall stability and health of the community while also engaging community members in valuable volunteerism and engagement.
Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity – $75,000
The grant will provide additional financial resources needed to build affordable, quality homes, while also providing practical job skills and training and civic engagement to community partners. Additionally, funds will help to continue the internal mortgage and sustainability fund to ensure long term viability of the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity program.
Easter Seals Colorado – $10,000
This grant will help support Camp Summit and its effort to serve children through a specialized summer camp for children with disabilities and their family members. Participants will benefit from the lifelong skills gained through Camp Summit and the valuable community interaction of camp staff and participants.
Frisco Elementary – $25,000
Program funding will support Frisco Elementary STEM Take-Off, an effort to increase the number of elementary students actively engaged in STEM-related learning while also supporting teacher professional development and a classroom lab dedicated to learning and establishing rapport with industry partners.
Girl Scouts of Colorado – $10,000
Funds will help provide day and overnight camps by Girl Scouts in Lake, Chaffee, and Eagle Counties through collaboration with Keystone Science Camp’s STEM based environmental education programs. The program will inspire environmental stewardship and a hands on learning program that participants will then share in their future community projects.
National Forest Foundation – $25,000
Funds will be used to support a facilitated, collaborative-based visioning process with multiple stakeholders, communities, and agencies for the planning of the Camp Hale/Eagle River Headwaters Restoration Project eventually leading to improved ecological function of Eagle River headwaters area.
Summit County Open Space and Trails – $ 30,000
Funds for this project will support the Fremont Pass Recpath NEPA evaluation required in order to move forward with extending the Summit County Recpath system. Long term benefits for the community will be realized with an increase in regional outdoor recreational resources and further economic impact from recreational activities.
Summit County Library Foundation – $100,000
Project funding will help transform the historic Breckenridge schoolhouse into a community center and updated library along with other community amenities. The collaboration between the Summit Library Foundation, the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County will result in a vibrant center in the core of the town and also preserve one of the community’s most historic landmarks.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado – $15,000
Funds will be used to support the 2013 Central Mountains Outdoor Stewardship Projects and its effort to engage local citizens in environmental stewardship projects in Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Eagle Counties. Additionally, funds will be used to involve students from these counties in leadership and environmental stewardship programs through the 2013 Youth Stewardship Summit.
The Climax Area Community Investment Fund was established in 2011 to focus on programs and projects ttiat create a sustainable community benefit. It is administered by a committee comprised of community leaders selected by the Climax Area Community Partnership Panel. This Panel was established by Freeport-McMoRan in 2008 to foster open and ongoing dialogue with the community, allowing the company and the community to work together to develop thoughtful solutions that address community issues.
The Community Investment Fund Committee solicits and selects programs to receive financial support based on established criteria, and strives to assist in the success of recipient programs.
“Freeport-McMoRan is committed to working with communities to identify effective partnerships that will bring lasting benefits to the people in Lake, Summit, Chaffee, and Eagle Counties,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation.
“Through the Climax Area Community Investment Fund, our goal is to continue to empower the community to take the lead in identifying and creating the kinds of programs and projects that will help generate sustainable benefits and shape the kind of community they want. We extend our gratitude to the many exemplary leaders and organizations with whom we are fortunate to work in the programs,” she said.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Tara Hosick at Tara_Hosick@fmi.com or 303-960-8048, For more on our funding opportunities and the projects we support, visit www.FreeportInMyCommunity.com