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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 2022, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded $284,500 to 113 nonprofits in Southwest Colorado, which includes Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties. The average grant size was $2,518


Also in 2022, the Ballantine Trustees granted an additional $50,000 in Core Value grants to nonprofits bolstering youth mental health through experiences in the outdoors. These grants included support for Audubon Rockies ($5,000), Montezuma Land Conservancy ($9,000), Montezuma School to Farm ($9,000), Southwest Open School ($7,000), and a $20,000 planning grant for a collaboration of four SW Colorado environment organizations serving youth: La Plata Open Space Conservancy, Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association and Southwest Conservation Corps.

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.

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.