Briefs: Funds available for local athletes |

Briefs: Funds available for local athletes

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Applications for funding from the Vail Valley Athlete Commission are due by May 18.

The commission helps local athletes compete in international events. It was started by longtime local Pepi Gramshammer and is supported by the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the Beaver Creek Resort Company.

Local athletes 15 and older who compete outside North America can apply for funds, which will be distributed by June 8.

“It’s obviously big news when a local athlete does well in a major international competition,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, “but we often forget what it takes to get to that point. Hopefully, over the course of the past 10 years, the Athlete Commission has truly made a difference for some of our Vail Valley athletes and provided them with the opportunity to accomplish their goals.”

The Vail Valley Athlete Commission has provided funding for athletes such as Toby Dawson, Chad Fleischer, Sarah Schleper, Stacia Hookum, Chris Doyle and Mike Kloser.

Applications can be picked up at the Vail Valley Foundation offices in Avon and should be submitted to the Foundation at P.O. Box 309, Vail, Co. 81658, to the attention of Erin Vega. For additional information, contact the foundation at 949-1999.

VAIL ” Grant applications are now available for nonprofit organizations and other agencies seeking funding from the town of Vail.

Applications can be picked up at the town’s Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road or by sending an e-mail to Kathleen Halloran at

The deadline to request an application is May 25, and applications are due by 5p.m., June 29.

The application includes a balance sheet and a statement of sources and uses. Funding will be determined solely from the written submission; no in-person presentations will be held.

Applications must be dropped off at the town’s Municipal Building, 75 S. or postmarked no later than June 29 and mailed to: Town of Vail Finance Department, Attn: Grant Request, 75 S. Frontage Rd., Vail, CO 81657.

The Vail Town Council will discuss the requests in August. Funds will be disbursed in March 2008.

The Vail Town Council has awarded approximately $1.6 million in past grants.

For more information, contact Kathleen Halloran in the town’s finance department at 479-2116 or

EAGLE COUNTY ” With Colorado Mountain College President Robert Spuhler planning to retire in June 2008, the community college’s board of trustees is conducting a national search for a new president.

“We are putting together a search committee with representation from all of our constituencies,” board chairwoman Doris Dewton said.

The college, which has a campus in Edwards, has schools in several Western Slope counties.

Spuhler, who has been the college for 19 years and been president for five, has agreed to remain in the post until December, 2008, if a new president is not found within a year.

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