The Wood River Women’s Foundation has awarded grants totaling $224,600 to Wood River Valley nonprofit organizations. According to a press release from the foundation, the amount is the highest in its history.

    Grants were awarded across five areas: arts, education, environment, recreation and social services.

This year’s recipients are:

  • The Advocates, Domestic Violence Housing First, $25,000.
  • Blaine County Education Foundation, programs to support BCSD students and teachers, $25,000.
  • Blaine County Sheriff Search and Rescue, to increase mobility with utility task vehicle, $21,500.
  • Environmental Resource Center, pesticide action program, $10,000.
  • Hemingway Elementary School’s Star Lab, an exploration of the stars, moon and a laser show, $13,100.
  • Higher Ground Sun Valley and Blaine County Recreation District, Mainstreaming at Camp, $5,900.
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, building repair, $14,000.
  • Hunger Coalition and the Community Library, Bloom program, growing healthy bodies and healthy minds, $27,000.
  • Lee Pesky Learning Center, mental-health services for adolescents with learning and attention issues, $18,000.
  • Little Wood River Public Library, recycle and rehabilitate the library, $20,000.
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness-Wood River Valley, sustainability, marketing and office equipment upgrade, $25,000.
  • NexStage Theatre, drama education programs, $3,100.  
  • Rotarun Ski Club, LASAR afterschool program, $7,000.
  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Elementary Strings Program Instrument Bank Project, $10,000.

    The foundation is celebrating 10 years of collective philanthropy in Blaine County. With almost 300 members (and growing), the organization can fund substantial grants to local nonprofits. Members pledge $1,000 annually, either in part or in total, to a pooled giving fund. A new grant cycle begins each fall.

    The foundation applies five overriding criteria for selecting applications that are subsequently voted on by the membership: capacity building and sustainability, building blocks to support the organization’s mission; addressing critical community need in Blaine County; developing new ventures; creating new approaches to persistent problems; and overall enrichment of the community.

    This year’s grantees will be honored at the foundation’s annual meeting Aug. 2.

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