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Vail Valley Cares grant applications now available

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EAGLE — Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops are again offering grants for local nonprofit organizations located within Eagle County and adjoining communities that provide benefits to Eagle County residents and workers. Vail Valley Cares grants provide funding for organizations that address basic human needs, protect individuals and families, assist individuals and families in achieving self-sufficiency, and promote growth and healthy lifestyles.

“We are still reviewing financials, but we estimate we’ll give between $250,000 and $300,000 in grants this year,” said Vail Valley Cares Director Greg Osteen. “We prefer to donate funds to specific programs, and we hope local nonprofit organizations will consider submitting an application if they need help supporting a new or existing program that meets our criteria.”

Applications for 2015 grants must be completed online, using a new and improved system. Vail Valley Cares is hosting six training sessions to assist qualified organizations with completion of the application process. Training sessions are not mandatory; however, they are recommended for all organizations interested in submitting an application. Sessions take place today, Tuesday and Wednesday at Trinity Church in Edwards. Completed applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 13.

Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops will host its annual Grant Breakfast this summer, where the organization’s board of directors and staff announce and celebrate grant recipients for 2015.

In addition to its grant program, the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops will offer 10 Colorado Mountain College scholarships in 2015 to Eagle County residents with a desire for a college education. CMC scholarships are the latest community-focused endeavor funded by Vail Valley Cares and the Eagle and Edwards Thrifty Shops. Scholarship applications are available online now and are due by March 1. Scholarship details also are listed online at http://www.vailvalleycares.com.

Vail Valley Cares is a local ecumenical Christian nonprofit help organization formed in 1994 by local churches to assist people in the Eagle River Valley. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops have helped thousands of people in need by funding over $2.7 million in grants to local charitable organizations since 2000. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shops also provide household items and clothing to other nonprofit organizations for their constituents. For information, visit http://www.vailvalleycares.com or visit the Thrifty Shops in Edwards on U.S. Highway 6 across from Starbucks in The Riverwalk, or in Eagle on Chambers Avenue, 1 mile east of the post office.


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