Skico enviro group accepts applications for funding
Grant applications for projects related to environmentalism in the Roaring Fork Valley are being solicited by the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Environment Foundation, the nonprofit announced Monday.
The foundation will provide support to projects within the Roaring Fork Valley region that “promote environmental education and research, foster responsible stewardship of natural resources, protect mountain ecosystems, and preserve and create opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said a press release from the organization.
“We want to provide assistance on varying environmental concerns facing this valley, possibly including such issues as the use of magnesium chloride on roads, river quality, wildlife protection, transportation, energy conservation, land preservation and restoration,” said Skico Director of Environmental Affairs Chris Lane.
Eligible recipients may be projects, private and nonprofit organizations, government agencies or individuals. The board suggests that maximum grant requests not exceed $15,000. Grant requests for less than $6,000 are more likely to be funded.
Grant applications are available by contacting Chris Lane, executive director, at (970)-923-0484. Applications must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 26, 1999.
Roughly $70,000 has already gone to 23 environmental projects in the valley, thanks to the two-year-old organization. The Environment Foundation raises funds through Skico employee contributions and 100 percent matching grants from the Skico and the Aspen Foundation.
More than 850 employees of the Skico have contributed to the employee-founded/governed organization.
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