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The Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF) Board approved a revised grant budget at the June 3, 2020 board meeting, awarding $2.8 million ($2,800,000) in grants for public education in Routt County for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. The 2020-2021 grant budget was reduced by $1 million, a decrease of more than 25% from the previous year due to COVID-19 and its impact on sales tax revenues, but provides schools more flexibility in spending.
Grants awarded to school districts include $2,244,301 to Steamboat Springs School District, $140,269 to Hayden School District, $112,215 to South Routt School District, and $112,215 to Mountain Village Montessori. School district administration recommended prioritizing funding for three school-based community programs totaling $78,000, a reduction from the nine programs funded last grant cycle. The community non-profit program grants awarded were $40,000 to Partners in Routt County school-based mentoring program, $13,000 to Integrated Community, and $25,000 to Northwest Colorado Health youth resiliency. Uncertainties surrounding how class instruction will be conducted next fall influenced the decision. Funding was focused to reduce inequity and equip at-risk students to meet high standards of success. One collaborative grant was awarded for $86,000, funding a grant writer for Steamboat Springs, South Routt and Hayden School districts. The grant writer typically secures over $2 million per year in additional funds for the districts.