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The Idaho Community Foundation has awarded more than $40,000 to seven Blaine County organizations that deal with domestic violence, education and seniors.
The recipients are:
- Domestic Violence Survivor Advocates – $8,000
- Blaine County Charitable Fund, which provides emergency relief to families – $10,000
- Blaine County School District Education Foundation, which provides funds for things like student school lunches and football uniforms – $5,000
- Blaine County Council of Elders – $4,000
- The Alliance of Idaho, which works with immigrants – $10,000
- The Space Idaho, which offers after-school tutoring – $2,806
- Idaho Mediation Association – $1,000
Forever Idaho South Central grants are flexible and can be used for recipients’ greatest 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.”
Flexible funding is essential for an organization like the Blaine County Charitable Fund, which helps Blaine County families with unexpected needs such as rent assistance and home heating costs, said Mary Fauth, executive director. organisation.
“Not every situation is cookie-cutter,” she added. “We try to solve each household’s crisis in a unique way that will potentially have the greatest impact.”
The philanthropic Idaho Community Foundation was founded over 30 years ago. For information, visit www.idahocf.org.