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December 24, 2019

Boulder County announces 2020 Worthy Cause recipients


The funding pool was extremely competitive this year with $8.1 million in funding requests and approximately $3.3 million available for awards.



The Boulder County Commissioners wish thank the agencies who submitted Request for Funding proposals for the 2020 Worthy Cause pool fund. The funding pool was extremely competitive this year with $8.1 million in funding requests and approximately $3.3 million available for awards. The quality of projects was high, and we faced difficult decisions in our award recommendations.

"Each year, as we review the high caliber of requests for Worthy Cause funds, we're reminded of the generosity of our residents who have voted four times in support of funding critical capital improvement projects that allow our nonprofit human services agencies to continue to provide essential services within our community," said Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner. "We are overwhelmed by the sense of community these funds help create."

The review process for Worthy Cause pool fund applications includes an evaluation by a multi-departmental staff team, during which the applications are reviewed alongside the program criteria and requirements. The project proposals are then reviewed by us, the Board of County Commissioners, with further vetting by staff where necessary.

The 2020 pool marks the second year of Worthy Cause IV, approved by the voters in 2018. Tax revenue in support of Worthy Cause was approved for an additional 15 years, allowing Worthy Cause IV to continue until 2034.

-Boulder County Board of County Commissioners

The 2020 funding package for the Worthy Cause pool includes the following projects:

Agency

Funding Award

Project

Boulder Housing Partners

$400,000

Construction of 120 affordable units at 30Pearl, 2630 30th Street in Boulder.

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

$500,000

Construction of 40-60 Permanent Supportive Housing units in Boulder County.

Center for People with Disabilities

$175,000

Capital improvements to the CPWD facility at 1675 Range Street in Boulder.

Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley

$50,000

Capital improvements to the Habitat for Humanity office building at 303 Atwood in Longmont.

Inn Between of Longmont

$250,000

Capital purchase of an apartment building to create 8-15 affordable units in Longmont.

Meals on Wheels of Boulder

$100,000

Construction of a new facility at 3701 Canfield Street in Boulder.

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

$50,000

Capital improvements to the SPAN Emergency Shelter in Boulder.

TLC Learning Center

$100,000

Capital improvements to TLC Learning Center at 611 Korte Parkway in Longmont.

TRU Community Care

$200,000

Assist with the developed TRU Community Care facility at 2593 Park Lane in Lafayette.

Urban Land Conservancy

$200,000

Assist with purchased land to ensure permanent affordability for 10 homes in Gunbarrel.

YMCA of Boulder Valley

$150,000

Construction/remodel of YMCA facility to provide space for Head Start programming at 2800 Dagny Way in Lafayette.

YWCA Boulder County

$271,000

Capital improvements to the YWCA facility at 2222 14th Street in Boulder.

Agencies that were not selected for the 2020 pool are encouraged to reapply in 2020 for the 2021 pool. Please contact Meca Delgado,Worthy Cause Program Coordinator, at mdelgado@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1607 for more information about Worthy Cause. Past recipients are also listed on the website.


Worthy cause funds must be allocated to local human services nonprofit organizations or housing authorities for use in capital projects, including building purchase, remodeling, and/or debt reduction. Debt reduction refers to payments toward capital debts such as mortgages and loans for construction/renovation.