ASPEN/SNOWMASS, Colo., January 15, 2014 — The Environment Foundation, Aspen Skiing Company’s employee-run nonprofit charity, is now accepting grant applications for projects that improve or protect the Roaring Fork Valley’s environment. The application deadline for the spring cycle is February 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

The foundation supports projects that promote environmental education and research; seek to reduce the impacts of climate change; foster responsible stewardship of our natural resources; protect our mountain ecosystems; and preserve and create opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our employee members are particularly interested in supporting projects that reduce impacts of climate change, work to ensure responsible energy development, support efforts to create the next generation of environmental stewards, and protect our local waterways.

The Environment Foundation is a partnership between Aspen Skiing Company’s employees, the Aspen Community Foundation, Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Aspen Skiing Company’s official coffee.  Employee contributions are substantially matched by each of these three entities. A board of directors comprised of Aspen Skiing Company employees governs the foundation and decides which projects to fund. More than 1,800 employees contribute to the foundation annually.

Eligible recipients may be private or nonprofit organizations, or government agencies. The board of directors evaluates all grant applications first on compliance with the eligibility requirements, then on set selection criteria. Typical grant requests are in the $2,000 to $10,000 range. The foundation will consider larger requests if proposals clearly demonstrate a unique opportunity to make significant impact on issues of critical importance to the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at Completed applications should be emailed to Matthew.

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