17 Local Organizations to Receive Funding for Youth Recreation Programs
Park City, UT – April 30, 2020 – Park City Community Foundation is excited to announce the 2020 Solomon Fund grantees. $114,500 in grants will go to 17 local organizations that are intentionally working to increase Latinx participation in their sports and recreation programs. The recreation programs offer appeal to a diverse range of interests, including basketball, soccer, skiing, snowboarding, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, dance, theatre, and visual art classes. The grants make it possible to offer scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of these programs.
“The goal of the Solomon Fund is to create a more inclusive, integrated and complete community by reaching 20% Latinx participation in recreation programs to reflect the diverse makeup of our town,” said Sarah MacCarthy, Community Impact Manager at Park City Community Foundation. The program addresses several barriers that currently hinder Latinx participation, including communication and outreach, transportation, scholarships, and gear.”
Solomon Fund was launched four years ago at Park City Community Foundation to facilitate access to sports and recreation opportunities for Latinx children in our community. Since then Community Foundation staff have built a strong network of trusted partner organizations, some of which include Egyptian Theater, SOS outreach, Park City Recreation, and many more.
Many grantees have been Solomon Fund partners since the beginning, including Ballet West which had 12 Latinx girls participate in their year-round classes at the Academy in 2019 and culminated in Nutcracker performances at the Eccles Theatre. Park City Soccer Club is another grantee working to increase the number of Latinx girls on their teams, addressing racial and gender disparities.
Community Foundation staff also provide translation services for marketing materials about the program and host two annual registration events, where hundreds of families sign up for programs and summer camps.
Because of COVID-19 this year, partner organizations are being more flexible with the timing of their summer camps, and when kids are able to get back to play, the Solomon Fund grants will make it possible. As part of Summit County’s plan to allow businesses to the slowly re-open, Sarah MacCarthy is currently representing summer camps on the County’s Stabilization Work Group.
See the full list of 2020 Solomon Fund grantees at: https://parkcitycf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-Solomon-Fund-Grantees.pdf
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 the greater Park City community and Summit County. Learn more about donating, volunteering, fundraising and getting involved in the generosity of Park City at parkcitycf.org.