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Idaho Community Foundation awards $140,000 in eastern and southeast Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Community Foundation of Idaho is awarding grants totaling more than $140,000 for educational efforts in eastern and southeast Idaho and for landscaping, beautification and public recreation in the area.

The scholarships come from the Idaho Future Fund of the Idaho Community Foundation and total $98,000.

The recipients are:

  • Challis Public Library (Custer) – $10,000 to provide an after-school skills lab program 2-3 days a week for K-12 students.
  • Island Park Charter School (Fremont) – $20,000 to provide a high-quality kindergarten and preschool and offer an after-school program for students in kindergarten through grade 5.
  • North Gem Educational Foundation (Caribou) – $15,000 to update the K-5 science curriculum with hands-on learning kits that will enhance the curriculum.
  • Oneida County Library (Oneida) – $10,000 to provide a summer reading program for youth ages 0-18 that aims to prevent the “summer slide” with free books and a reward party.
  • Salmon Pioneer Elementary School (Lemhi) – $8,000 to purchase and install playground equipment for the school and purchase a set of soccer standards.
  • Teton Valley Educational Foundation (Teton) – $15,000 to provide in-school Spanish lessons for K-3 students, teacher grants, and support programs and resources for families with children ages 0-3. 8 years.
  • United Way of Southeast Idaho (Power) – $20,000 to provide preschool scholarships.

Landscaping, beautification, and public recreation grants come from the Ifft Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Idaho. It was created by Nick Ifft, the former publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, and his wife Sara Ifft. Nick passed away in 2003 and Sara passed away in 2017. Their fund has awarded over $2 million since 2001.

The recipients are:

  • US School District of Falls #381 (Power) – $9,600 to purchase several mature pines to surround the football field at American Falls High School and replace those that have died. The original trees were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936.
  • City of Aberdeen (Bingham) – $5,000 to purchase bespoke planters, flowers and bins for the city center of Aberdeen.
  • Montpellier Community Foundation, Inc. (Bear Lake) – $8,000 to develop the new heritage park and create an inviting and memorable space for community members and visitors.
  • Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital (Oneida) – $4,500 to improve landscaping around the hospital, including removing overgrown bushes and improving the memorial garden with new planters, plants and signs.
  • Portneuf Greenway Foundation, Inc. (Bannock) – $10,000 to extend the Brennan Trail between the Portneuf River and the North Main Extension (matching funds to a grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation).
  • Samaria Community Foundation (Oneida) – $6,950 for landscaping to further beautify the grounds by adding shade and privacy and to develop a new pollinator garden.