The Killington World Cup Foundation (KWCF) recently awarded 21 grants totaling $228,000 to Northeast area nonprofits in eight states through a competitive grant opportunity. Combined with matching funds and multi year grant commitments, the KWCF’s effort will contribute more than $400,000 in resources to winter sports infrastructure in the region. These grants were made possible as a result of the 2019 HomeLight Killington Cup event.
The KWCF grants ranged from $1,000 to $25,000. All of the grant recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Awarded projects include trail expansion and equipment for various racing venues in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, District of Columbia and North Carolina, participation scholarships for adaptive, Nordic and alpine programs in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, a Learn to Ski program in Vermont and Maine, and, for the first time, two ski jumping foundations. Grants were awarded and funding began September 15, 2020. All awarded projects hope to begin during the 2020 calendar year, but may be delayed with Covid- 19 restrictions.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generous financial support from the Killington World Cup Foundation. This grant will enable Youth Enrichment Services and New England Disabled Sports to serve an estimated 100 youth with disabilities this winter in our Adaptive YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) Program,” said Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services. “Youth with a variety of disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in this specialized alpine skiing/snowboarding program. Two years ago, KWCF provided initial funding for what was a pilot adaptive ski/snowboard program. I am thrilled to report that the program, as well as our partnership with NEDS, has flourished thanks to the vision and support of the foundation!”
About the Killington World Cup Foundation: KWCF was created to support the Women’s World Cup at Killington and to benefit local and regional youth development programs. KWCF will consider and award grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations to facilitate training infrastructure in the Northeast and SARA region (ME/NH/VT/CT/NY/MA/RI/NJ/PA/NC/VA/WV) and to increase participation in competitive winter sports programs throughout the Northeast. Fundraising is a year-round effort. For more information, visit kwcfgivesback.org.