Our Impact

Health Care

Received a $25,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation in partnership with San Juan Basin Public Health and the Durango Network to conduct a needs assessment to address affordable and effective health care for local, independent businesses in La Plata County. 

From this grant, the outcomes were:

1) A meet-up in June of 2018 where the topic of a health care assessment was discussed

2) In-depth focus groups in January of 2019 with the small business community

3) A final discussion of findings and next steps at a May 2019 health care forum that involved the entire community.

4) A community needs assessment was put together to explore affordable local health care options in La Plata County.

Creative District

A broad coalition of representatives from local businesses, organizations, nonprofits and the City of Durango have come together to form a steering a committee to establish a Creative District in Durango.

Local First’s role:

  1. Hosted the initial meeting to gauge interest in establishing a Creative District in Durango and formed the steering committee
  2. Leading the required stakeholder process outlined by the Colorado Creative Industries’ “Call Yourself Creative” process
  3.  Fundraised for the Creative District and for leading the stakeholder process

Eat Local

A first-time-ever collaboration of local non-profits was chosen to receive $355,843 from the USDA through the Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service. The funds will support the launch of the “Durango Regional Food Recovery Hub (HUB). Only 14-percent of proposals reviewed were funded through the competitive process.

Local First role:

Wrote the USDA grant for the project

Currently sits on the steering committee for the Good Food Collective

Houses the Good Food Collective in our office space