Monteverde Community Fund

Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica

©2019 by Fondo Comunitario Monteverde. Photos courtesy of Mau Valverde and other Monteverde community members.
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SOCIETY, CULTURE, AND YOUTH

Public recreation, the arts, public health, civic participation, youth empowerment, and more.

EMPOWERING LOCAL TALENT WITH A STAGE

Far Corners Musical Theatre

Fiscal Agency Partner

A non-profit performing arts education organization providing 
​opportunities to youth in under-served communities around the world​​, like Monteverde.

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MONTEVERDE'S FIRST SPANISH-LANGUAGE LIBRARY

Biblioteca Pública Interactiva Santa Elena

Fiscal Agency Partner

Awarded Grant, 2015

A public space facilitating the joy and wonder of reading to all in the Monteverde community.

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200KM FOR MONTEVERDE

A Community Collaboration and Fundraiser

Established in 2017

Week-long annual event celebrating wellbeing and outdoor activity in Monteverde. Fund raised are designated for youth activities.

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PROMOTING HEALTH AND EXERCISE IN COMMUNITY

Monteverde en Movimiento

Awarded Grant, 2014

Exercise classes  and instructor training.

Open to the public, making a healthy lifestyle fun and accessible in our community.

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CELEBRATING LOCAL MUSIC

Vibraciones: Música en La Montaña

Awarded Grant, 2019

A platform for exhibiting local artists and offering a stage to Costa Rican artists in the form of an annual festival. Established April 2019.

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SOCIAL & CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

The MCF offers financial resources for projects in the areas of public recreation, participation in the arts, public health and civic participation, among others.

A Bit of Background

Monteverde is a semi-rural region in Costa Rica’s Tilarán mountain range that has a local population of approximately 6,000 inhabitants. It is famous worldwide for its successful preservation of tropical forests, including the scarce and fragile cloud forest. Its private reserve complex, the largest in Central America, has allowed the establishment of a strong tourism industry in addition to traditional economic activities such as coffee and milk production.

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CHALLENGES

Although tourism has brought many positive things to Monteverde, it also brings great challenges, such as:

  • Unregulated development;

  • Globalization of traditional culture and the loss of cultural spaces in general;

  • Decrease in food and nutrition security;

  • Erosion of safety and public health, especially for young people, the elderly, and people with special needs; Y

  • Growing inequality among demographic groups.


In fact, the "Atlas of Human Development: 2012" of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the University of Costa Rica indicates that the Canton of Puntarenas, where Monteverde is located, places 31st (out of 81). ) in its level of human development, and is near the bottom (76 of 81) in life expectancy.

In recent years, several participatory initiatives have been organized to define local human development priorities, including a process facilitated by the Monteverde Municipal Council and the UNDP-Costa Rica. However, local development processes not only require governmental initiatives, but also the leadership and organization of inhabitants and community-based groups.

THIS FUND'S PURPOSE

The goal of this fund is to support local groups with the seed funds that will enable them to meet current challenges with their own ideas and methods. Also, our contribution - which is outmatched by the resources mobilized by the community itself - provides an opportunity to leverage more funding from other sources, be they national or international.

The goals of this fund are prioritized by the community through the Human Development Plan for the Monteverde Municipal District (2010-2020) and other related initiatives

Would you like to support our efforts?