Aspen nonprofits receive over $1.4M in grants from city

Staff report

The city of Aspen is granting nearly $1.4 million in cash and in-kind support to local nonprofits this year, officials announced Thursday in a statement.

The cash portion is coming from the city’s general fund as well as the Wheeler Opera House and the parks and open space funds.

The top five recipients are Aspen Detox, $123,165; GrassRoots TV, $105,000; Aspen Public Radio, $93,000; Aspen Music Festival and School, $85,000; and Mindsprings Health (via Pitkin County Public Health), $70,500.

This year’s breakdown of grant funds include: $395,000 in cash and $14,500 in in-kind donations for the arts; $434,050 in cash and $61,000 in in-kind donations to general nonprofits; $21,000 for environmental projects; and $455,165 for health and human services.

New this year is an additional $50,000 for arts funding from the Wheeler Opera House. This year it will be used to co-commission a work with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and support the upcoming Aspen Bauhaus Centennial Celebration community-wide project.

Appointed by City Council, a volunteer citizen board meets each year to review grant requests. It then evaluates each request for financial need, fiscal viability, and adherence to the goals and values of the city of Aspen and value added to the community. The Health and Human Services grants are reviewed by Pitkin County.