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$1 Million To Be Distributed Through The Park City Community Foundation

Park City Community Foundation

Summit County is contributing $1 million to the Park City Community Foundation to distribute to non-profits for COVID-19 relief.

KPCW has the details along with several other community foundation initiatives on the calendar in the upcoming weeks.

Park City Community Foundation Executive Director Katie Wright says they’ve been doing grant-making since the pandemic struck in March. The overall health of the community and the economy have been impacted and they’ve so far distributed $1.3 million to area non-profits to help those most in need. Most of that funding has supported rental assistance through Jewish Family Services and the Christian Center.

“The idea is that we are going to grant the funds to non-profit partners. We will be accepting applications and have a thorough review with the grants committee. And the funds are really meant to go to people who have been economically impacted to support for things like food security, rental assistance, childcare and other really critical needs are what we have in mind.  But of course, nonprofits know the community well and they might be seeing other needs that need to be met and that are viable for the grant funds.”

Wright says they anticipate a continuing need for rental assistance through June of next year. The organizations interested in this tranche of grant money will need to apply. A committee of volunteers will determine the recipients and they hope to distribute the funds by the end of the year.  By October 14, they’ll post the criteria on their website and a zoom Q and A is scheduled for the 16th.

“So, they really have runway to support people who I think we all know will be a truncated tourism season this winter. So, we just want to make sure that we have the longevity of support so that people are stable, and in their homes, and that we as a community come out on the other end of this intact.”

On October 6 and 7, the Community Foundation is hosting a virtual equity focused workshop covering anti-racism and non-profit communications and storytelling.

“And it’s really meant for non-profit professionals, board members and volunteers and it’s all about how we can use better language to not reinforce the history of racism and institutional racism but instead empower people to fully show up in the work.”

They’ve hired equity experts to lead the workshop which runs from 8:30 to 11:30 both mornings and costs $35.00.

They honored the 2020 Trisha Worthington Award this year to Jewish Family Services Executive Director Ellen Silver.

Live PC Give PC is November 6. Wright says they’ve boosted the participation goal this year to celebrate the 10-year anniversary. Non-profits in Summit County interested in registering to be part of the day of giving, must do so by Wednesday.

“This community has stepped up andOver 9 years made $12.3 million in giving. We just know that this year Live PC Give PC is more important than ever to our nonprofits that have kept us happy and healthy through this time. Our goal is 5,500 donors which is a big number.”

A link to the Park City Community Foundation can be found here


KPCW reporter Carolyn Murray covers Summit and Wasatch County School Districts. She also reports on wildlife and environmental stories, along with breaking news. Carolyn has been in town since the mid ‘80s and raised two daughters in Park City.
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