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Posted on: January 22, 2019

City of Aspen Awards More Than $1.49 Million Dollars in Grants to Valley Non-Profits

City of Aspen Awards More Than $1.49 Million Dollars in Grants to Valley Non-Profits

Contact: Gena Buhler, Executive Director, Wheeler Opera House, 970-920-5790 or

Aspen, Colorado – January 22, 2018 – In 2019 the City of Aspen is awarding more than $1.49 million in cash funds and in-kind support to non-profit organizations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley from the City of Aspen’s General Fund, Wheeler Fund, and Parks & Open Space Fund.   This represents a $113,935 increase over 2018.

“It is a mission of the City of Aspen grant program to help Aspen thrive,” said Sara Ott, Assistant City Manager.  “Not only are these grants representative of significant dollars but they also show that as a community we believe in building social capital throughout the valley.  Fostering the organizations that give back to the residents and visitors here is part of what makes Aspen such a diverse, vibrant, and supportive place to live and visit.  We are grateful that our taxpayers support this type of community-building.”

Once a year the City of Aspen volunteer citizen board appointed by the City Council meets to review all grant requests. The Citizen Grant Review Committee evaluates each non-profit grant request for demonstrated 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.

The categories of grants include arts non-profits, general non-profits, health and human services non-profits and specific environmental projects supported by the Parks and Open Space fund.

This year’s breakdown of grant funds include: Arts - $400,000 in cash funds and $16,000 in in-kind donations; General Non-Profits - $474,200 in cash funds and $103,000 in in-kind donations; Environmental Projects - $33,000; and Health and Human Services - $467,850.  Total funds of cash and in-kind donations is $1,494,650, up $113,935 from last year.

“I’m so pleased that we are able to increase the amount of grant support we offered to our area non-profits this year,” said Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler.  “The additional funds represent the Committees ability to fulfill grantees requested amounts, which better helps the City support these organizations.”

The 2020 application process will begin in May 2019. To find out more about the 2020 application process, please contact Julie Gillespie at or visit

A list of all 2019 grants can be found here:


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