Foundation announces grants to area organizations |

Foundation announces grants to area organizations

The foundation created to manage grants awarded by the developer of Grand Park has given more than $23,500 to local nonprofit organizations. The final nine of 15 grants from the Cornerstone Community Foundation came in time for the holiday season and the celebration of the New Year.

On New Years Eve, contributions were delivered to Grand Kids and the Fraser Creative Learning Center for the enrichment of early education in the Fraser Valley. Grand Kids is an educational facility that provides year-round childcare for children ages eight weeks to six years. The Learning Center is a preschool center that prepares children aged two-and-one-half to six for kindergarten. The organizations currently care for approximately 70 local children.

“Education is critical for both the short-term health of our community and the long-term vitality,” said Clark Lipscomb, President of Grand Park. “It’s why we chose it as one of our platforms and aim to help those dedicated to making a positive impact on education in the Fraser Valley,” he added.

At the same time, grants were awarded to Middle Park High School for their new stadium press box; Fraser River Valley Lions Club to host their annual fundraising golf tournament held each June at Pole Creek Golf Club; Shining Stars Foundation which hosts a camp at Beaver Village Lodge for children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses; and Advocates Victim Assistance Team, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Grand County.

In December, the Foundation held a holiday home decorating contest for the residents of Grand Park. The winners, John and Karen Stenicka and their family asked that the winnings be split between the Winter Park Skier Educational Foundation at Winter Park Resort and the Pregnancy Resource Connection in Granby.

The largest grants awarded went to the Grand Foundation and the Winter Park Horseman’s Association. The Grand Foundation acts as a local vehicle to raise funds for over 100 of Grand County non-profits. The Horseman’s Association operates the High Country Stampede Rodeo and provides facilities for rodeo training and horsemanship. The organization promotes riding skills, good sportsmanship and personal responsibility, and encourages Fraser Valley’s horse people to work and play together.

Earlier in the year, the Cornerstone Community Foundation made contributions to Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, Fraser Valley Elementary School and Middle Park Fair and Rodeo.

“The grants given by the Foundation are a way to recognize all these organizations do for our community. It’s our way of thanking them for their ongoing service and commitment,” said Lipscomb. They are an important part of our quality of life and the future of our community,” he said.

This year’s grant program is part of an ongoing program that has given over $117,000 to Grand County’s non-profit groups since its inception in 2004. Seeded with a gift of nearly $500,000 from Cornerstone Holdings, the Cornerstone Community Foundation has adopted four areas of philanthropy: education, recreation, culture and healthcare. The Foundation is sustained by a community enhancement fee from the sale of properties in Leland Creek and Grand Park. Leland Creek consists of 73 single-family home sites located on the north end of Winter Park. Grand Park is a master-planned community in Fraser that includes a collection of residential neighborhoods, a new village and hundreds of acres of open space.

The Cornerstone Community Foundation will continue its grant program in 2010 and encourages Fraser Valley’s 501c3 organizations to submit applications to Kirsten Laraby at or by calling 970-281-4297.