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Park City Climate Fund Established to Provide Seed Capital for Innovative Projects That Will Have Local and Global Impacts

Park City Community Foundation Calls for Grant Proposals at Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit

PARK CITY, Utah – October 3, 2019 – Park City Community Foundation today announced the formation of the new Park City Climate Fund to inspire and contribute to local innovation and action around climate change.

“Establishing the Park City Climate Fund is a critical step to ensure that we have the resources in place to implement high-impact, local solutions that will have the greatest potential to reduce emissions or sequester carbon from the atmosphere,” said Katie Wright, executive director of Park City Community Foundation.

The first call for grant proposals was announced by Wright at the Mountain Towns 2030 Net Zero Summit. The conference has brought together hundreds of mountain community leaders from across the country to set ambitious climate goals to achieve net zero by 2030.

The Park City Climate Fund will lead to local actions proven to be among the top solutions to help reverse global warming. It will support innovative projects that are locally relevant, reduce greenhouse gases, and have potential for scalability in other areas. Projects might include wind turbines and solar, regenerative agriculture and tree planting, or changes in mass transit, among others.

The Community Foundation has already raised $125,000 for a first round of grants to support Climate Fund projects and aims to raise $250,000 by year-end. It is hosting a competitive process open to businesses, nonprofits, government, and individuals to apply for grants, and the best ideas will be funded at $50,000 or more.

This new fund for local impact, combined with the power of a network of committed mountain towns, has the potential to inspire climate action well beyond Park City—which will be critical to helping address a global issue that extends far beyond our community’s boundaries.

Wright says, “We care greatly about climate change and want to be a leader and model for other communities. By accepting our shared responsibility to take climate action, Park City reaps a host of economic, health, and quality of life benefits for all.”

Interested donors can contribute to the fund by giving online or contacting Katie Wright at Park City Community Foundation: 435-214-7476 or katie@parkcitycf.org.

Interested projects can learn more and apply for a grant by December 5, 2019 at parkcitycf.org/climatefundguidelines.

About Park City Community Foundation: Park City Community Foundation plays a vital role in solving the most challenging problems in Park City. We care for and invest in our people, place, and culture by bringing together local nonprofits, donors, and community leaders to contribute financial resources and innovative ideas to benefit all the people of Park City—now and in the future. As the home of Live PC Give PC, Women’s Giving Fund, Solomon Fund, and other important initiatives, the Community Foundation has brought millions of dollars to greater Park City. Learn more about donating, volunteering, fundraising and getting involved in the generosity of Park City at www.parkcitycf.org.

Media Contact: Christine Coleman, Director of Communications, Park City Community Foundation, 415-209-8506 or christine@parkcitycf.org

 

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