By Cameron Rasmusson
The Idaho Community Foundation’s Northern Region Grant Panel recently announced that Bonner and Boundary county nonprofits will receive almost $50,000 in grants.
The awards are a solid chunk of the $226,000 the organization is spreading across Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone counties.
In Bonner County, the Arts Alliance will receive $3,000 to renovate Creations’ discovery museum and art studio. Bonner Community Food Center, Inc. will receive $3,500 to purchase non-perishable food. Bonner County Homeless Task Force will receive $3,000 for a Trestle Creek laundry facility. Eureka Institute will receive $5,000 to work with at-risk youth to build a bus shelter. Junior Achievement of Washington will receive $1,000 for the Junior Achievement financial literacy program at Sandpoint Middle School and Sandpoint High School. Kootenai Elementary School will receive $3,000 for library books. Lake Pend Oreille School District will receive $2,880 for kindergarten reading materials and teacher professional development. North Idaho High School Aerospace Program will receive $3,684 to buy books, software, equipment and tools for unmanned aerial systems study. Priest River Ministries will receive $4,000 to assist families affected by violence. Sandpoint Area Seniors will receive $2,500 to feed seniors. Sandpoint Youth Center will receive $2,500 to assist local teens. Southside Elementary School will receive $2,400 to provide morning tutoring to students. And West Bonner County School District will receive $3,000 to purchase books and provide them for free to kindergarten- through sixth-grade students at Idaho Hill Elementary School.
In Boundary County, the local 4-H will receive $2,500 to provide curriculum, art supplies, craft materials, educational games and healthy snacks. Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing will receive $2,500 to provide a garden space to those who need it and to increase production of organic produce for the food bank and other community groups. And Trinity Lutheran Church will receive $3,500 to provide school-age children in need with supplemental food on weekends.
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