Donate Now - Critical Needs
We're thrilled to share some positive news amid our current challenges. We are honored to have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Veterans Affairs for the current fiscal year, dedicated to supporting our local veterans. The grant, effective from July 1, 2023, to June 14, 2024, encompasses various critical needs, including food and gas cards, vehicle repair, utility bill assistance, specialty art supplies, and emergency needs unmet by other agencies.
However, we find ourselves in a difficult position. While we've only utilized 8% of the total grant to date, the grant operates on a reimbursable basis. This means we must make the payment or purchase first and then request reimbursement. Unfortunately, delays in reimbursements since October have left us with no available funds or credit to fulfill current requests from qualified veterans.
In previous years, our general and base funds have supplemented the grant account, ensuring continuity in our support services. This year, a substantial decrease in donations and income has left us struggling to cover both our studio's operating expenses and grant-related needs. The ongoing shortage is creating hardship for local veterans who rely on our assistance.
Traditionally, the DMVA allowed for an advance of grant funds for organizations facing financial difficulties. Unfortunately, this option has been eliminated for the current fiscal year. To continue providing essential services and fulfill urgent requests from veterans, we urgently need funds in both our general operating account and grant account.
For the month of December, we've deferred our mortgage payment, but other essential expenses, such as insurance, utilities, and loan payments, still total around $2500. Your generous donations can help us cover these costs, providing breathing room for the grant while we await reimbursements.
Recent supporters helping us out:
Eagles Aerie Lodge 595- Nov. month long fundraisers, craft fair and veterans art show
Jeff Baker - Facebook Fundraiser
Uncanny Valley Art Gallery - Silent Auction
GJ Harley Davidson - Chili Cookoff
VFW - Craft Fair
Triple S Steel
Teddy Morse's GJ Harley Davidson
Mark Sasson - Pinpoint Search Group
Benjamin Wegener - Wegener, Lane & Evans, P.C.
Base Camp 40
Required Monthly Expenses. This amount includes our building, utilities, storage, phone & internet and programs not funded through other grants and does not include those programs or services covered by grants and other funds. Income recorded includes donations, fundraisers and program income but not grants for programs not included. (See below for monthly sponsorship)
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How we did last month:
Become a One Month Sponsor of the Veterans Art Center - Pick a Month - Pick an Amount
For our basic building expenses each month we are seeking monthly sponsors and offering plenty of benefits in return. You can get all the information here.
Donate using the Operation Revamp Donation Link and check off monthly sponsorship
and then complete this information form for the benefits.