The Grand Foundation and the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce have announced a new donor-advised fund at the Grand Foundation under the name of "The G.A.P. Fund for Youth."This fund will be available to Grand County youth (18 and under) who have a financial need to participate in non-academic activities and programs by providing and/or assisting with participation fees. The G.A.P. Fund (Grand Activities and Programs) is designed to target a section of funding for youth that has not been fully addressed in the local community. Specifically, this fund allows Grand County youth and families funding to activities and programs that they feel will be of benefit.There will be an application process with deadlines and funding periods. At this time, the focus of grants given out will be to 501C(3), nonprofit and service club organizations (i.e. ski schools, recreation districts and competition centers). "We are thrilled to partner with the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce on this fund. These grants are just what parents need in this fluctuating economy," said Megan Ledin, executive director of the Grand Foundation and Catherine Ross, director of the Winter Park - Fraser Valley Chamber.They also would like to thank all the volunteers that made this fund possible: TJ Bass, Rina Blixt, Pat Campanello, Benita & Mike Cervantes, Andy Chasin, Ashley & Phuong Cronin, Austin Degarmo, Amy Donofrio, Rachel Druid, Pam Ellis, Joan & Tom Evans, Dave & Stefanie Feek, Karen Gadberry, Megan Gilders, Doug Goodwin, Hannah Habert, Holly Harrison, Jancie & Kent Hughes, Sidney Johnston, Cheryl & Gary Key, Darcee Kissler, Michelle Lawrence, Scott Ledin, Kelsey Lock, Melissa Looper, Antoinette McVeigh, Ron Nelson, Stephanie Nelson, Caye & Greg Norwick, Darla Rector, Steve Romando, Cyndie Saffell, Judy & Rick Schiff, Sunny Scott, Helen Sedlar, Ashley Sifers, Mark & Wendy Stefanski, Matt Stefanski, Neilie Tibbs, Terry Tompkins, Beth Wampler and Jenny Weber.Questions should be directed to the Grand Foundation at 970-887-3111.To applyGrant applications can be downloaded at www.grandfoundation.org.