2019 Grants Awarded
Blaine County Education Foundation (BCEF) – Programs and Growth – $35,000
BCEF seeks to increase awareness of local college scholarship opportunities by developing a scholarship database available to all Blaine County students and hosting a scholarship fair. The grant will also provide for teacher grants, high-needs support to at-risk students, and funding for a capacity building project to broaden community financial support.
Blaine County Hunger Coalition – Bloom Youth Project – $35,000
Funding for the Bloom Youth Project will provide for paid internships for 10 teens. Through their work at the Bloom Community Farm, the interns will learn about growing, cooking and sharing good food, gaining life skills and work experience that can help them build resilience.
Blaine County Recreation District – Aquatic Center Revitalization – $35,000
This grant is to support the restoration of the public Aquatic Center in Hailey. The funding will help update and expand the facility, which currently has over 20,000 visitors per year. The facility offers swimming instruction, swim team competition, aqua aerobics, lap swimming and leisure swimming.
Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley – Improving Our Workspace – $35,000
This grant will allow the Hospice to complete several repairs and improvements to their building – built in the early 1900’s – to improve the safety and efficacy of the space. The building is used to meet with families and support groups, train volunteers, provide office space, and store equipment.
Idaho Base Camp – South Valley After-School Program – $20,000
This grant will help fund a comprehensive after-school program for Bellevue and Alturas 3rd-5th grade students, by offering scholarships to students and compensation for a Lead Educator. The program, which includes transportation from school, will provide a healthy, positive environment and fill the current critical gap in south valley after-school programming.
Men’s Second Chance Living – House Start-up Fund & Renovations – $20,000
In November 2018, “MSCL” began operating a safe house for men recovering from alcohol and/or drug addictions. This grant provides for renovations to the house, as well as funding for the first year’s operating budget. The project helps support our community by enabling these men to rebuild their lives and transition to independent, productive, substance-free living.
NAMI Wood River Valley – Two Contractual, Part-time Staff Members – $23,448
Our local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hire two part-time staff members to assist in the oversight of the adult Family Education/Support Group and Bluebird Youth Support Group. NAMI’s goal is to double the number of students and families they assist. The organization provides advocacy, education, help with diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing support for youth and families in the Wood River Valley.
The Advocates – Safe Housing First – $35,000
The Advocates’ Safe Housing First project provides transitional safe housing for survivors of domestic violence, their children and their pets, incorporating a comprehensive program to help them achieve independence. This grant helps provide furnishings and fixtures for their transitional housing service center and 12 new apartments.
Grants $15,000 and Under
Environmental Resource Center, Inc. – Youth Environmental Education Program Materials – $2,575
This grant will provide updated scientific materials for the ERC’s youth programs, including in-school and after-school programs, and overnight summer camps for pre-k through 12th grade students throughout the Wood River Valley. Through hands-on outdoor learning, the ERC empowers students to become the next generation of environmental stewards.
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children – READY? for Kindergarten – $11,895
The Ready! For Kindergarten program conducts workshops for parents of 3 and 4-year-olds to enable them to engage their children in purposeful play that prepares them to enter kindergarten with grade school readiness skills. The program will reach 30 families, supporting parents in their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher.
St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation – Keith Siverston, MD, Compassionate Care Program – $15,000
This program was created to address the financial hardships created by health crises and hospitalizations facing patients and their families, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured. The program resources include assistance with food, lodging, transportation, medications, medical supplies, and other items necessary for improving a patient’s health status.