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Idaho Community Foundation awards $76,000+ to Magic Valley


TWIN FALLS – The Community Foundation of Idaho awards more than $76,000 to 15 Magic Valley organizations through its Forever Idaho South Central program, including domestic violence programs, schools, senior centers and more.

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.”

For Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs Inc., the grant will allow them to expand their programming efforts throughout southern Idaho for children with type 1 diabetes and their families. The flexibility of the grant is key, said executive director Lisa Gier.

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“We serve children and their families regardless of their ability to pay,” Gier said. “These funds will allow us to continue this charge, even as we grow.”

Simply Hope Family Outreach in Burley plans to use its funds for its Teen Hope Center. The group serves 46 teens in its after-school program, teaching life skills through evidence-based programs and peer coaching. With this grant, they can expand and sustain their activities in STEM, art therapy, and entrepreneurship.

“This Community Foundation of Idaho grant is perfect for Teen Hope,” said project director Sheri Allred. “There are so many life skills you can learn through experiences.”

This year’s Forever Idaho South Central Scholars in Magic Valley include:

Cassia County

  • Cassia County Historical Society Inc. – $1,000
  • Golden Heritage Senior Center – $4,000
  • Simply Hope Family Outreach – $14,410

Gooding County

  • The Magic Valley Inc. Children’s Museum – $5,000
  • Gooding Public Library Foundation — $2,282
  • Idaho Inc. Diabetes Youth Programs – $14,350
  • Northwest Association for Blind Athletes – $7,500

Jerome County

  • Jerome County Inc. Seniors Service Area – $2,000

Lincoln County

  • Shoshone School District #312 – $4,000

Twin Falls County

  • Ageless seniors – $3,000
  • House for everyone — $1,000
  • La Posada, Inc. — $4,020
  • Twin Falls Optimist Youth Center — $4,306
  • Valley Housing Coalition – $4,000
  • Voices Against Violence Inc.—$5,499