Park City Community Foundation Will Disburse $1 Million to Local Businesses

PARK CITY, Utah. — Summit County and The Park City Community Foundation have granted $1 million to help Summit County residents most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, organizations announced that they distributed money to 18 nonprofits to help residents who have experienced such setbacks as a loss of a job or loss of housing. The nonprofits will also help people pay for groceries, health care, their children’s educations, mental healthcare, and other essential services.

“These grants reflect our consideration of the long-term needs of individuals and families as the pandemic continues to impact our county,” Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said in a press release.

The Park City Community Foundation created a nine-person panel, which selected the nonprofits based on panel members’ own experiences in the community as well as a survey of 198 families financially affected by the pandemic.

Nonprofits receiving the funds include the Christian Center of Park City, Communities that Care, CONNECT Summit County, Early Childhood Alliance, and EATS Park City. The largest recipient was Jewish Family Service, which received $418,968. According to its website, the Jewish Family Service assists people from all communities with a “holistic approach” that “makes it possible for clients to improve their situations and get through challenges in their lives.”

The second-largest recipient was Park City Education Foundation, which was awarded $85,000 to support its multi-faceted mission to increase the quality of education in Park City.

“COVID-19 is still having an enormous impact on the Summit County community, and these grants aim to alleviate some of the hardships,” Diego Zegarra, Community Impact Director at Park City Community Foundation said. “Our deep relationships with local nonprofits and the diverse perspectives from the Grants Committee have been a great benefit in selecting the organizations that have the ability to quickly and efficiently help those in need.”

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