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Regional Impact.

The Ballantine Family Fund

The Ballantine Family Fund is a general purpose fund, which means the Trustees approve grants across a broad spectrum, including arts and culture, environment, animal protection, education, human services, and youth. Nonprofit organizations submit an online application to the Ballantine Family Fund ( The Trustees evaluate the quarterly requests to determine their ability to support the proposal based on the mission and purpose. The Community Foundation serves as the grant manager for the Ballantine Family. In 2023, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded $275,725 to 116 nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, which includes Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties. The average grant size was $2,377.

Also in 2023, the Ballantine Trustees funded an additional $50,000 in Core Value grants to nonprofits focusing on literacy. These grants included support for the Durango Adult Education Center ($15,000), as well as funding for local early childhood councils: Archuleta County ($8,000), La Plata County ($15,000), and Montelores ($12,000).

These Core Value Grants are an unsolicited infusion of funds designated for a significant impact in a particular area of need, as identified by the Trustees.

Finally, in memory of two philanthropic friends who recently passed, the Trustees granted an additional $40,000 to local nonprofits. In memory of Betsy Harrison, Mancos Common Press received a $10,000 grant. In memory of Mary Jane Clark, Music in the Mountains received a $20,000 grant and Dig Deep Navajo Water Project received a $10,000 grant.

The Community Foundation supports the Ballantine Family Fund as grant managers by bringing nonprofit knowledge and financial expertise, while the Ballantine Trustees maintain their independence with grant-making decisions and funding priorities.

To apply to the Ballantine Family Fund, please click here.