Nonprofits receive grants from bank assistance fund

Twenty-two nonprofit organizations in Mesa County received a total of $24,000 as the latest recipients of annual grants awarded from the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund.

“The hard work and dedication of our local, grassroots organizations help transform the lives of those in need in our community,” said Phil Andrews, Wells Fargo district manager for Grand Junction. “We greatly appreciate what they do on behalf of all of us. By working together with each of us doing our part, we can make a big difference.”

Wells Fargo launched the Community Assistance Fund in 1993 to provide support to small groups that don’t have the resources to compete for financial support. Eligible groups  have an annual budget of less than $350,000.

Since its inception, more than 4,200 grants worth a total of more than $4.3 million have been awarded through the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund. Overall, Wells Fargo donated $8.3 million to nonprofit groups in Colorado in 2015.

For 2016, the grant recipients in Mesa County were: Camp Hope, Center for Enriched Communications, Child and Migrant Services, Civil Air Patrol, Clifton Christian Church Food & Clothing, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike and Trail Association, Court Appointed Special Advocates, District 51 Foundation, Fruita Montessori, Girls on the Run — Grand Junction, Grand Junction Hockey Club, Grand Junction Imagination Library, Grand Valley Peace & Justice, Grand Valley Zoological Quest, Harmony Acres Equestrian Center, Kids Aid, Mesa County RSVP, MusicSpark, Riverside Educational Center, Thrift Shop of Fruita, Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and Young Life Grand Valley.