FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2023
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS EDUCATION FUND BOARD AWARDS OVER
$6.5 MILLION TO ENHANCE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN ROUTT COUNTY
Grants included Steamboat Springs School District, Hayden, South Routt, Steamboat Montessori Charter School, and supporting community groups
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The Steamboat Springs Education Fund (SSEF) awarded over $6.5 Million ($6,505,219) toward education in Routt County for the 2023-2024 school year. Grants included $5,146,102 to Steamboat Springs School District, $321,358 to Hayden School District, $257,087 to South Routt School District, $257,087 to Steamboat Montessori, and $258,335 to supporting community groups. The Fund also made a significant investment in grant writing with a $235,250 allocation of the budget.
“The Education Fund has become an integral part of our district’s budget and it is great that our communities continue to support the education of youth in this capacity. One of the grants that we continue to fund is Grant Writers for the districts. Our $235,000 investment in Grant Writers often brings in several times that amount. In 2022 grant writing brought in over $6,000,000 for our districts,” said Adam Alspach, SSEF President.
The Fund’s Mission is to enhance academic accomplishment in Routt County through student-facing investments in staff, facilities, infrastructure, technology, and curriculum, made available through our public schools. Each school district’s application included a varying need for the majority of their funds. For SSSD alone, our funding now represents over 10% of the annual school district operating budget for Steamboat schools.
This year the Fund divided $258,335 among 16 community groups that help support the curriculum of our public schools. The majority of the community funds went to Partners in Routt County ($51,835), Rocky Mountain Youth Corps ($45,000), STARS ($29,000), Yampatika ($28,000), Northwest Colorado Health ($25,000), and Integrated Community ($20,000). Other groups awarded grants included: Yampa Valley Autism Program, Junior Achievement, Opera Steamboat, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Steamboat Dance Theater, Steamboat Reading, Perry Mansfield, Routt County Riders, Strings Music Festival, and Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition. This grant cycle included a record number of applications from new organizations.
“This year the board had its work cut out for it when reviewing the community grants. It was great to see the number of applications for funds, but it can make for some emotional moments when trying to decide what grants would provide the most beneficial impact for our youth. Overall I think the board had some robust discussion and I think they did a great job for our communities. In the upcoming summer session, I think we are going to spend some time discussing our mission and making sure we are communicating funding requirements not only for our community groups, but for all those involved in the review process,” added Alspach.
The Steamboat Springs Education Fund administers the funds collected from the half-cent sales tax and provides accountability for all spending toward the fund’s mission. The SSEF Board of Directors consists of up to 11 voting members, the majority of whom must live within the Steamboat Springs School District. Board members are appointed for three-year terms.
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