Applications are now open for grants in Longmont funded by the sale of the Denver Broncos.
The city held a Youth Summit and survey creating four areas of focus to award sponsored individuals or community organizations with the nearly $1 million the city received from the Metropolitan Football Stadium District sale.
Longmont was notified of the funds last October, distributed by the Metropolitan Football Stadium District as part of the profits shared with cities and counties when the Denver Broncos sold for $4.65 billion. The money must be spent on youth activity programs.
Council had several discussions — some contentious — about how to use the windfall money, before deciding at the end of February to direct the money toward the city’s Children, Youth and Family Services Department. The department was instructed to create a community involvement plan, using existing community input as a starting point with how to use the money.
The city hosted a Youth Summit in May and accepted surveys from Longmont youth through the month to get ideas on how to spend the money.
Youth Grant applications will remain open through 4 p.m. July 28 and are open to youth and community agencies to serve Longmont resident youth ages 10 to 18. The proposed programs, activities or services must fall into one of four focus areas identified by local youth.
The areas include mental health and well-being, life skills, sports and STEM activities. Grants will be reviewed and awarded at the end of the summer.
More information and the application can be found on the city’s website.