Colorado charities receive $310,000 in grants

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Wal-Mart Foundation has given $310,000 in grants to nine Colorado charities.

Recipients of the awards were: Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Colorado Farm to Table, Colorado Springs Ecumenical Social Ministries, Girl Scouts of Colorado, LiveWell Colorado, Routt Council on Aging, Senior Assistance Center, The Gathering Place and the Women’s Resource Agency.

The Wal-Mart Foundation is focused on funding community programs that address hunger, homelessness, education, job training and other basic needs. Organizations must currently operate under the tax-exempt status of the Internal Revenue Code.

Among other awards, Colorado’s LiveWell program, which operates in School District 2 and 11 in the Springs, received $25,000 to expand the Go Slow Whoa program, an elementary school initiative that teaches children how to identify healthy foods and make better choices at school and at home.

The second round of grants is underway. Applications are due Sept. 9. For more information, or to apply online, go to www.walmartfoundation.org.