The Killington World Cup Foundation has awarded 21 grants to non-profit organisations ©Getty Images

The Killington World Cup Foundation (KWCF) has confirmed the award of 21 grants totalling $228,000 (£176,000/€194,000) to non-profit organisations in eight states.

Killington, a regular host of International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup competitions, revealed the grants have been made possible as a result of the 2019 Homelight Killington Cup event.

Combined with matching funds and multi-year grant commitments, the KWCF claimed it will contribute more than $400,000 (£310,000/€340,000) in resources to winter sports infrastructure in the Northeast area of the United States.

"When making the decision to host the World Cup, one of the objectives was to give back to the athletic community in the area," said Herwig Demshar, senior vice-president of international business development at POWDR, Killington Resort’s parent company.

"This partnership has proven an effective way to give directly to supporting young, aspiring skiers and snowboarders who are the future competitors and supporters of the sport."

Projects awarded grants include trail expansion and equipment for various racing venues in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, District of Columbia and North Carolina.

Participation scholarships for adaptive, Nordic and alpine programmes in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts have also been awarded grants, along with a Learn to Ski programme in Vermont and Maine.

Two ski jumping foundations have also received funding from the KWCF for the first time.

Grants ranged from between $1,000 (£770/€850) to $25,000 (£19,300/€21,300).

Bryan Van Dorpe, executive director of Youth Enrichment Services, said funding will help the organisation to run a programme for 100 young people with disabilities in collaboration with New England Disabled Sports.

Killington is a regular host on the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit ©Getty Images
Killington is a regular host on the FIS Alpine World Cup circuit ©Getty Images

"We are incredibly grateful for the generous financial support from the Killington World Cup Foundation," Van Dorpe said.

"This grant will enable Youth Enrichment Services and New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) to serve an estimated 100 youth with disabilities this winter in our Adaptive YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) Programme.

"Youth with a variety of disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in this specialised alpine skiing/snowboarding program.

"Two years ago, KWCF provided initial funding for what was a pilot adaptive ski/snowboard programme.

"I am thrilled to report that the programme, as well as our partnership with NEDS, has flourished thanks to the vision and support of the Foundation."

The KWCF say grants were awarded and funding began on September 15, with the hope all awarded projects can begin during the 2020 calendar year.

The KWCF warned some may be delayed due to COVID- 19 restrictions.

Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included U.S. Ski & Snowboard chief executive Tiger Shaw, as well as the national governing body's Board members Kenneth Graham and Phill Gross.

Vermont’s Killington Resort will not host a Alpine World Cup competition this season.

It follows a decision by the International Ski Federation, National Ski Associations and local organising committees in Canada and the United States to restrict the Alpine Skiing World Cup tour to Europe through early December.

The decision was made due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Killington Resort and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have said they are committed to bringing FIS Alpine World Cup racing back to for the 2021-2022 Olympic qualification season.