SLV Local Foods Coalition receives grant

ALAMOSA – The LOR Foundation on Friday announced grants to 15 rural communities and towns in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The grants included funding for the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, Alamosa.

Each town will receive $100,000 toward creating healthy, livable, and prosperous communities. The awards represent the broadest grantmaking round in the Foundation’s history and reflect a commitment to funding locally driven solutions.

“We are thrilled to support 15 innovative communities with resources for a better future,” said Ben Alexander, chief program officer at the LOR Foundation. “These grants will allow each community to continue planning and implementing projects to protect clean water, increase access to recreation, keep working lands productive, promote economic development, and improve public health.”

Proposals were selected from 15 communities stretching from western Montana to southern New Mexico. The applications showed a clear vision for improving quality of life with the broad support from local government, business leaders, and community development agencies.

While the challenges facing each town differ, these applications represent a belief that community collaboration and engagement can produce solutions that capitalize on the strengths that make each place unique.

In Alamosa, partners which include the City of Alamosa Parks and Recreation, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors, The Rio Grande Farm Park, Alamosa County, Adams State Adventure Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of the SLV, Alamosa Chamber of Commerce, SLV Small Business Development Center, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust and SLV Developmental Resources Group are focusing on developing trails and outdoor recreation for the Alamosa Community.

Mick Daniel director of SLVGO stated, “By making our community better, with trails and outdoor recreation resources we will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitor experience and thus improve the economy and ensure that Alamosa is more attractive to job creators. And we appreciate LOR’s investment in our community.”