The Methow Valley Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, has recently awarded $60,800 in grants to 25 Methow Valley nonprofits.
Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) provides funding through an annual competitive grant to support charitable organizations that are meeting needs and developing strong, sustainable programs that enhance the Methow Valley, the Community Foundation said in a press release.
“We typically have twice as much in grant requests for awesome work than we have the funds to distribute,” said Betsy Cushman, who serves as an adviser for the MVF and is a Community Foundation board trustee. “Our goal is encourage planned giving to the Methow Valley Fund so this kind of thing can go on bigger, better, and forever.”
The MVF is advised by a diverse group of volunteers who live and work in the valley. Awards are recommended by the advisers and approved by the Community Foundation’s board of trustees.
The following is a list of award recipients, amounts, and programs funded:
• Cascadia, the Methow Music Association — $ 2,000, to support the purchase of risers for choral and other musical performances.
• Classroom in Bloom — $3,000, for the development and implementation of a new after-school program and summer day camps.
• Confluence Gallery — $500, general operating support.
• Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance — $2,200, to design, purchase, install and maintain multi-use trail signage on U.S. Forest Service trails in the Methow Valley Ranger District
• Friends of the Pool — $2,500, support for the repair and resurfacing of Wagner Memorial Pool for summer of 2016.
• Little Star Montessori School — $3,500, general operating support.
• Methow Arts Alliance — $4,000, support for Arts Education Residencies for the Arts Education Program that provides free art curriculum to students in the Methow Valley School District.
• Methow At Home — $2,000, support for financial assistance program to provide services to seniors who have limited means and would like to become Methow At Home members.
• Methow Conservancy — $1,500, support for the Gen Next Project, which aims to inspire the next generation of leaders, landowners and conservationists in the Methow Valley.
• Methow Field Institute — $2,000, support for the construction of a covered entry and front porch to improve wintertime accessibility and support outdoor programs in native garden area.
• Methow Recycles — $3,500, support for the hire of an outreach coordinator who will increase marketing efforts.
• Methow Trails — $3,500, support for the introduction of an Adaptive Ski Program with the purchase of specialized ski equipment that allows people with physical mobility limitations to ski on Nordic and alpine trails.
• Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival — $2,000, support for programming.
• Methow Valley Citizens Council — $2,000, for upgrade and replacement of selected office furniture and equipment to support staff efficiency and enhance effectiveness at meetings, events and presentations.
• Methow Valley Community Center — $2,000, for replacement of worn and broken tables used for a multitude of events.
• Methow Valley Community School — $1,000, support for teachers’ salaries.
• Methow Valley Family Home Center Association — $500, general operating support.
• Methow Valley Riding Unlimited — $3,000, general operating support.
• Room One — $3,500, support for the employment of a part-time administrator for the Lookout Coalition, a program that services the aging and chronically ill.
• The Cove — $2,600, for purchase of new donor management software.
• The Merc Playhouse — $3,000, support for the admission-by-donation (or “pay what you can”) nights.
• The Methow Valley Clean Air Project — $2,000, general operating support.
• TwispWorks Foundation — $2,500, support for exterior improvements to campus buildings and partnership with the Careers in Construction Program.
• Valley Teen Center — $4,000, general operating support.
• Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink — $2,500, support for the purchase of a scoreboard for hockey tournaments, youth hockey program and special events.
For more information on the Methow Valley Fund and how to become involved, call Betsy Cushman at 996-2696 or visit www.cfncw.org/methowvalleyfund.