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Idaho Community Foundation awards $220,000 in eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Community Foundation of Idaho has awarded more than $220,000 to nearly 60 schools, senior centers and other community organizations through its Forever Idaho East program, including more than 68 $000 in Bonneville County.

Beneficiaries span from Lemhi County to Bear Lake County. One of the unique aspects of Forever Idaho grants is that they are flexible and can be used for the recipients’ most important needs.

“Time passes between when someone applies for a Forever Idaho grant and when they receive it. Their needs may change during this time,” said Lisa Bearg, senior philanthropy adviser at ICF. “We want our grants to be as responsive as possible.”

Joanna Trussel Berg, executive director of Unbridled Hope in Rigby, which offers equine-centered activities and therapies, said it can be difficult to find grants that meet the specific needs of their clients and their program. “This grant allows us to put funds in areas that need it most and often not allowed by other grants.”

Club Inc., which helps homeless families and people at risk of homelessness, will use its grant to cover operating costs. “The flexibility of the grant allows us to adapt to changing needs and provide the best assistance possible,” said Kymm Swiston, chief accounting officer of Club Inc.

Dave Facer, executive director of the College of Eastern Idaho Foundation, said his grant will be used to improve the lives of students by helping them improve their education and skills, in addition to improving college service delivery.

“We take our vision of changing families for generations very seriously,” he said.

This year’s Forever Idaho East recipients in Bonneville County are:

  • Bonneville High School – $1,500
  • Champ’s Heart, Inc. – $1,500
  • CLUB, Inc. – $5,000
  • Eastern Idaho College Foundation – $5,000
  • Diaper Bank of Idaho, Inc. – $6,100
  • Arts Council of Idaho Falls, Inc. – $3,000
  • Family YMCA of Idaho Falls – $10,000
  • Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen – $5,000
  • Idaho Food Bank Warehouse – $14,000
  • Idaho Museum – $2,500
  • Seventh Judicial District CASA Program – $5,000
  • Shepherd’s Inn Corporation – $5,000
  • Swan Valley School District #92 – $3,000
  • Unbridled Hope, Inc. – $1,500

See all Forever Idaho East grantees HERE.