Aspen Skiing Co.’s employee-run nonprofit charity is accepting applications for its spring grants cycle.

The Environment Foundation, a partnership of SkiCo employees, the Aspen Community Foundation, the SkiCo’s Family Fund, and Lavazza Coffee, supports projects that promote environmental education and research. The nonprofit looks for ways to reduce the impacts of climate change, foster responsible stewardship of natural resources, protect mountain ecosystems, and preserve and create opportunities for outdoor recreation, according to a SkiCo news release.

Typical grant requests are in the $2,000 to $10,000 range. The foundation will consider larger requests if proposals clearly demonstrate a unique opportunity to make significant impact on issues of critical importance to the Roaring Fork Valley, the release says.

Eligible recipients can be government agencies, private organizations and nonprofits. The foundation’s independent board evaluates all applications on compliance with the grant-eligibility requirements — for example, does the project’s subject matter match the foundation’s funding goals? Then the board examines other criteria, including organization and project budget, scope of impact and likelihood of long-term success, according to the release.

Since its inception in 1998, the foundation has granted more than $3.5 million to over 560 projects in, or impacting, the Roaring Fork Valley. More than 1,600 employees contribute to the foundation annually.

Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at Completed applications also should be emailed to Hamilton.

The application deadline is March 4 at 4:30 p.m.