Community Grant Program

SDCEA’s Community Grant program is administered by The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF). Non-profit organizations from Chaffee, Custer, Lake, or Fremont counties are eligible to apply for the CCCF grant program.

The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) awarded $32,350 in charitable grants in July, 2020 to 18 organizations serving Chaffee, Lake, Fremont and Custer counties, funded by the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA).

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with CCCF and help organizations in need receive much-needed grant money. The organizations do such important work in our communities. Many are directly assisting those hard-hit by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” SDCEA Chief Executive Officer Paul A. Erickson said. “At its core, SDCEA is a community-based organization. We are thankful to be able to help address some of our community’s most pressing needs with the Power of Change and SDCEA Community Grant programs.”

Applications for the Community Grants were taken online through CCCF’s grant portal with a deadline to apply for a 2020 grant of June 5. Grants were evaluated by six members of CCCF’s grants committee, bringing more than 45 years of combined grants experience to the review and evaluation process. CCCF Executive Director Joseph Teipel shared that “this partnership with Sangre de Cristo is truly incredible and we are honored to provide this grant review and administration service to such an important community partner like SDCEA.”

SDCEA’s Community Grant Program funding is made possible by allocating capital credits donated-back to the cooperative for charitable giving. Added to the total are the generous contributions of SDCEA consumers who participate in the Power of Change (formerly Operation RoundUp) program. Power of Change funds are added to the Community Grant Program fund allocation.

Power of Change participants round their bill up each month to the nearest dollar. For example, a monthly bill of $52.74 would be rounded-up to $53. The extra 26 cents are then pooled with other consumers’ donations and placed in the Power of Change program. Power of Change donations may be tax-deductible. To sign up for the Power of Change program, please click here.

2020 grant recipients include: Achieve, Inc. (The Little Engine Eatery); Ark Valley Helping Hands; Ark Valley Humane Society Pet Food Pantry; Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County; Buena Vista Optimist Club Backpack Program; Chaffee County Early Childhood Council; Chaffee County Search & Rescue North; Chaffee County United Soccer Club; elevateHER; FEDC WellStart; Greater Arkansas River Nature Association; Lake County Search & Rescue; Rotary Lending Medical Aids; St. George Episcopal Church; The Alliance: The Grainery Ministry; The Manna House and The New Caring and Sharing.

Information on the 2021 grant cycle will be available on this webpage, as well as  Facebook, local newspapers and radio stations and in our monthly magazine, Colorado Country Life.

For more detailed information, eligibility and program criteria used during the 2020 program, visit CCCF’s May 12 blog post here. The deadline for 2020 applications has now passed.

While SDCEA is not yet taking applications for the 2021 grant cycle, you may use the direct portal link to learn about other local grant opportunities here.