Telluride Foundation Announces a $50,000 Innovation Prize A New Grant Opportunity for Creative Ideas Improving the Telluride Region

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  • On October 31, 2016
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TELLURIDE, CO – (Oct. 27, 2016) – Do you have a great idea that would benefit the Telluride community? Have you ever wanted to implement a project that would make living, working or visiting the Telluride region even better, but lacked the necessary funding?  Well now is your opportunity to share your idea, enter the Innovation Prize contest, and if selected, receive a $50,000 grant to make your idea come to life.


The Telluride Foundation is a nonprofit, community foundation committed to preserving and enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region. In support of this commitment and building on Telluride’s entrepreneurial and innovative culture, the Telluride Foundation will be awarding a grant, in the form of a “prize,” for an effective innovative idea, which will improve the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the Telluride region.


“The Telluride Foundation wanted to create a process for surfacing and discussing local issues and creative solutions,” said April Montgomery, Vice President of Programs at the Telluride Foundation, “We hope the Innovation Prize will engage the community as well as local and non-local organizations and experts in the exchange of innovative ideas, programs and/or approaches.”


The Innovation Prize is intended to solve a real problem for real people by executing a validated solution as opposed to implementing a planning process or design that could lead to a solution. The proposed idea must impact those who visit, recreate and/or live within the region of the Telluride R-1 School District. The contest is open to any team made up of individuals, organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and/or government/taxing entity. However, applicant teams must include at least one 501(c)(3) or government/taxing entity to serve as the fiscal agent and accept prize funds.


The Telluride Foundation will award the winner a prize, up to $50,000, over the course of a year to implement their proposal.  The winner will be chosen by the Telluride Foundation Grants Committee, with input from on-line public comments and the audience attending the final pitch event on March 15, 2017.


The proposal must have measurable outcomes and demonstrate benefit or success in a category similar to, but not limited to: Transportation, economy, inclusion/diversity, health or healthcare, energy, or government efficiency.  Proposals will be reviewed based upon the following criteria: innovative, impactful, inclusiveness, and validation.


The complete guidelines, criteria, application and more information can be found at https://www.f6s.com/innovationprize.  The Deadline to apply is January 15th, 2017 5:00pm (Mountain Time).


The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making. As a grant maker, The Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants who serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region. For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit www.telluridefoundation.org.