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Community Enhancement Fund

The Grant County Community Health Council (GCCHC) and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold partnered for eight eyars to offer grants for community capacity-building speakers and trainings. The “Community Enhancement Fund” (CEF) provided $400,000 for speakers and training programs for community organizations, coalitions, entities community members that otherwise would not have been able access them due to the cost of the speaker or travel cost of the training. By bringing the event to Grant County, it increased the number of organizations and community members that were able to attend.

The average CEF award was $7,201. Over the eight years of the CEF, 63 proposals were awarded funding. The Volunteer Center of Grant County was the largest recipent of CEF awards, recieving $40,348 for trainings as diverse as 'Bridges Out of Poverty' to bee keeping.

The CEF allowed people and organizations in Grant County to experience a training event as a community, rather than as separate agencies. Most importantly the community training and/or speaker increased the skill level and knowledge of organizations in the community and then transfered this into activities. The GCCHC assisted the organizations and entities with the activities and provided support through our community action teams in order to keep the activity process sustainable.

The broad mission of GCCHC is to enhance the quality of life in Grant County through needs assessment, planning and prioritizing, and coordination of efforts to meet those needs. The Health Council has five priority areas to guide policies, operations and grant making. The priorities are behavioral health, community safety, family resiliency, fitness and nutrition, and economic development. The GCCHC gave priority to proposals that had the potential to bring about community capacity building in the aforementioned areas. Members of GCCHC's Criteria Committee reviewed proposals, with final review from a representative from Freeport-McMoRan. Notification of Award was two to four weeks after proposal submission.

For information on previous CEF recipients:


For more information on the CEF please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. call (575) 388-1198 or visit our office, 214 N. Black St., Silver City, NM.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 09:36

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