Spur Community Foundation distributed a total of $203,350 to Wood River Valley nonprofits in its first grant cycle of 2022, with 11 local organizations receiving funding, the philanthropic organization said. The spring granting cycle was the first of three cycles this year for Spur, with applications accepted through March 31. Besides these discretionary grants, Spur has distributed $127,000 from donor advised funds so far this year.
In 2021, Spur distributed over $800,000 in discretionary grants (grants that are awarded through an application process and made at Spur’s discretion) and $2.49 million in total, including distributions from donor advised funds.
Organizations receiving grants in Spur’s spring cycle are:
- The Alliance of Idaho: $26,350 for its Hazte Valer Initial Consultation Program, which offers hour-long initial consultations with an immigration attorney to anyone who has immigration questions or needs help
- The Crisis Hotline: $22,000 for internal staff capacity building
- Environmental Resource Center: $25,000 for its Pick Up for the Planet (PUP) Program, which promotes understanding of the hazards of dog waste in nature
- Hailey Public Library: $5,000 to contract with a strategic plan facilitator
- “I Have A Dream” Foundation: $20,000 for its Elementary Program, which serves under-resourced students from Hailey, Bellevue and Alturas elementary schools
- Idaho BaseCamp: $15,000 for its 5th Grade Outdoor Adventure Education Program, which hosts local fifth-grade students for three days at Idaho BaseCamp’s Big Lost campus
- Rotarun Ski Club: $10,000 for an equipment garage to store grooming and snowmaking equipment indoors
- The Sage School: $30,000 in support of the Quigley Campus Campaign to construct a new campus for the school
- The Senior Connection: $20,000 for general support
- Syringa Mountain School: $5,000 to enroll teachers in a year-long literacy training and coaching program to improve students’ literacy outcomes
- Wood River Community YMCA: $25,000 to enter into a five-year program with the Parent Institute for Quality Education, which specializes in empowering families to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration
Spur accepts grant applications on a rolling basis with three review and approval cycles per year. The next grant application window closes on June 30, 2022. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must offer substantive programs that benefit the local community.