December 29, 2020

The Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Approves Grants to Benefit Residents of Southeastern Colorado & San Luis Valley

The Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Board of Directors recently approved several grants for a total of $455,500 to various nonprofit organizations throughout Southeastern Colorado.  Through the Foundation’s grant application process, the following organizations were awarded grants:


  • Posada for the replacement of five stoves at their Monterey Housing for Veterans.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo to support the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters) program.
  • Friendly Harbor Community Center to address long-term building needs to improve client service.
  • Metro Volunteers d.b.a. Spark the Change Colorado to help provide counseling to Puebloans experiencing barriers to accessing mental health services.
  • The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA of Pueblo) to support the domestic violence shelter to better the lives of victims.
  • Bessemer Historical Society to secure the H2O Today Smithsonian exhibit.
  • A Caring Pregnancy Center to help with updates to their facilities, as well as new medical equipment.
  • Colorado Humanities to support “The Five States of Colorado,” a documentary to premiere in 2023.
  • Pueblo Arts Alliance for technology and facility needs to aid struggling artists impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
  • John Neumann Catholic School for organizational support due to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Sangre de Cristo Arts Center to fund preparation for a capital campaign for facility improvement.
  • Care and Share Food Bank to help with the development of the Sunny Side Market pantry which will provide access to nutritious food on the east side of Pueblo.
  • Pueblo City/County Library District to support the renovation of the Rawlings Library and the InfoZone News Museum.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County to support the Heroes and Helpers programs which pairs Pueblo Police officers and other first responders with children in need of holiday gifts.

 South-Central Colorado (Walsenburg, Trinidad)

  • Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center for their weekly food basket delivery to rural, senior, and low-income families affected by COVID.
  • Youth Club of Trinidad, Inc. to expand hours of service for children who are remote learning.
  • Two Peaks Fitness, Inc. to help provide a safe, healthy environment by adding outdoor group exercise/exercise options.
  • Trinidad History Museum, History Colorado to help fund exhibit construction of "Borderlands: Santa Fe Trail" at the Trinidad History Museum.
  • Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, Inc., dba Fox Theatre Walsenburg (FTW) to assist with repairs and revitalization.

Lower Arkansas Valley

  • Bent County Historical Society to facilitate the digitization of 8mm and 16mm films from historical events from Bent County Schools.
  • Arkansas Valley Pregnancy Center to replace aging computers and tablets for client use and to improve organization efficiency.
  • Koshare Indian Museum to support their museum and youth programs.

San Luis Valley

  • Blanca Fine Arts Association to establish a monthly music fundamentals forum for San Luis Valley music students.
  • San Luis Valley Great Outdoors to connect youth to outdoor, health and development opportunities.
  • Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley to support veterans in the San Luis Valley.

Upper Arkansas Valley

  • elevateHER to promote health equity and resilience via outdoor adventure, life skills and character education.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County to support evidence-based, youth development programming for youth in Chaffee County, Colorado.

Since its inception in 1988, the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation has contributed well over $5.6 million to deserving organizations located in Southeastern Colorado and the San Luis Valley.  The Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation is a private family foundation created to help the communities in Southeastern Colorado whose citizens were loyal subscribers to The Pueblo Chieftain/Star-Journal Publishing Corporation, which was owned by the family for over 100 years.

Nonprofits that are in the following counties are eligible for funding: Pueblo, Mineral, Chaffee, Saguache, Rio Grande, Conejos, Fremont, Custer, Alamosa, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and Baca. Grant requests for the spring cycle will be accepted beginning January 6, 2021, with a deadline of March 10, 2021.  

Posted on December 29, 2020 under
Jane Rawlings

Vice President
Robert H. Rawlings, Jr.

Carolyn Temple

Andrew Trainor
David L. Cardinal
Jim Hadley
Rick Klein
Paulette Stuart

Executive Director
Andrea Aragon

Emeritus Directors
Robert Hoag Rawlings (Deceased)
Mary (Sandy) Graham Rawlings (Deceased)
Bernard O. Schmidt (Deceased)
The mission of the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation is to assist nonprofit organizations with projects that are designed to improve the lives of people who reside in The Pueblo Chieftain circulation area, which are Pueblo, Mineral, Chaffee, Saguache, Rio Grande, Conejos, Fremont, Custer, Alamosa, Costilla, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Ben, Prowers and Baca counties, all in Colorado.

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