Ballentine Family Fund Increases Grant Funding in Southwest Colorado – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

In 2022, the Ballantine Family Fund donated a record amount to nonprofit organizations throughout Southwest Colorado with the goal of improving the lives of all who live in the region. $334,500 was donated to organizations through a quarterly grant application process and additional Core Value grants.

The trustees of the Ballantine Family Fund awarded $284,500 to 113 nonprofit organizations across all sectors in southwestern Colorado through its quarterly grant cycles. The average grant amount was $2,518, representing a 25% increase over the past three years. Counties served include Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan.

By sector, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded:

$9,500 for Animal Protection (3% of total grants)
$76,200 for Arts and Culture (27% of total grants)
$48,600 for Education (17% of total grants)
$14,500 for Environment (5% of total grants)
$76,700 for Human Services (27% of total grants)
$27,500 for Youth (10% of total grants)
$31,500 to Others (11% of total grants)

By county, the Ballantine Family Fund awarded:

$26,500 to Archuleta (9% of total grants)
$8,000 to Dolores (3% of total grants)
$142,700 to La Plata (50% of the total grants)
$66,200 to Montezuma (23% of total grants)
$15,100 to San Juan (5% of total grants)
$26,000 for other counties that support southwestern Colorado, but are not physically located in our geographic region (9% of total grants)

A complete list of organizations that received these grants can be found at To be considered for funding, nonprofit organizations in southwestern Colorado can submit grant applications online at the same web address.

In addition to the quarterly grant awards listed above, the Ballantine Family Trustees awarded an unsolicited $50,000 in Core Value Grants to support organizations across the region that are bolstering youth mental health by getting kids outdoors and are committed to each other and to the environment. 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 southwestern Colorado environmental organizations that serve the youth.

The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado supports the Ballantine Family Fund as grant administrators by bringing financial knowledge and expertise to nonprofit organizations, while Ballantine trustees maintain their independence with grant-making decisions and funding priorities.

“For more than six decades, the Ballantine family has provided substantial resources for our region, and since the start of the pandemic in 2020, I have seen the trustees double down on their commitment to southwestern Colorado,” says Briggen Wrinkle, CEO of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado and grant administrator of the Ballantine Family Fund. “The Trustees recognize the needs that have been exacerbated in the last three years and are responding with even greater impact.”

The Ballantine Family Fund was established in 1957 by Morley C. Ballantine and Arthur A. Ballantine Jr. to provide financial assistance to nonprofit causes that benefit the human condition in southwestern Colorado.

For more information, visit

Post Contributor

Post Contributor

The Pagosa Daily Post accepts submissions, photos, letters, and videos from people who love Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Call 970-903-2673 or email [email protected]