The Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) provides assistance to individuals who live or work in the Vail Valley who are experiencing financial hardship due to a medical crisis or a long-term illness that impacts the individual’s ability to provide support for himself or his family.
·To apply for a direct aid grant, applicants must: 1) have worked and/or been physically present in the Vail Valley (between East Vail and Dotsero, including Red Cliff) for a period of at least one year; 2) currently live and/or work full-time in the Vail Valley; and 3) document the financial hardship that is directly due to a medical crisis or long-term illness.
·Applications must be filled out completely and include physician documentations, pay statements, and relevant bills. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. If a question is not applicable to the applicant’s situation, please write “n/a” in the space provided. Do not leave it blank.
·Priority is given to individuals with catastrophic health care conditions, long-time locals, those who have taken initial steps to address their financial crisis, those who have insurance, and those who have been involved in their community.
·Applicants should be 18 years of age or older. If a financial crisis is due to the illness or injury of a child, the “applicant” is the child’s parent or legal guardian.
·Grant funds may not be used for funerals, burial expenses, or elective procedures.
·The VVCF’s maximum direct aid grant is $5,000.
·The VVCF may fund all, part, or none of your request.
·The VVCF may, at its sole discretion, choose to pay applicant expenses directly.
·The VVCF provides one-time assistance only. Only in rare circumstances are exceptions made. If you have received a grant from the VVCF in the past, please contact us before submitting another application.
·Applications are reviewed by the VVCF Board of Directors monthly. This review typically (though not always) occurs on the first Thursday of each month.
·Applications are due the last day of the prior month for consideration. (i.e. submit application by December 31st for review in January).
Complete this checklist to make sure you have all the necessary information for us to consider your application.
o You have worked and/or been physically present in the Vail Valley (between East Vail and Dotsero, including Red Cliff) for a period of at least one year.
o You currently work and/or are physically present in the Vail Valley (between East Vail and Dotsero, including Red Cliff).
o You have requested a specific dollar amount of need.
o You have attached paystubs.
o You have attached physician documentation in an existing dictation or doctor’s note, which verifies your injury or diagnosis, required treatment, and prognosis. If your injury or illness prevents you from working, your physician should provide an estimated date at which you can return to work and in what capacity. If your care was provided outside this region, a letter from a local physician who is familiar with your situation is acceptable.
o You have attached relevant bills.
o The VVCF may also request annual tax returns required for documentation on an as-needed basis.