Ent Federal Credit Union has awarded $45,000 in Youth Endowment Series program grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations.

Fifty-four organizations applied for the grants. Among other criteria, the applications were evaluated according to their general benefit to the community and potential ability to use the grant to obtain additional funds and community support.

Since the program’s inception in 2000, more than $370,000 has been awarded.

This year’s grants ranged from $1,000 to $5,000.

The recipient agencies were:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Pikes Peak Region
Children’s Literacy Center
Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region
Community Partnership for Child Development
Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration
Manitou Arts Theater
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Pikes Peak Library District
Safe Passage (Child Advocacy Center)
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Women’s Resource Agency
Special Kids/Special Families
Salvation Army
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
Colorado Youth Citizenship Awards
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation