Community Foundation Awards $72,000 to Methow Valley Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) grant program.

The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to provide sustainable funding for a vibrant, healthy Methow Valley. MVF grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, social and public benefit projects.

This year, the MVF program guidelines were updated to better serve the grant-seeking nonprofits. Historically, the MVF awarded grants up to $5,000, but often awarded partial grants in an effort to serve as many needs as possible.

Now the MVF has two award categories – $2,000 and $5,000 – with no partial award options. The application process is now more commensurate with the award, with the smaller grant having a shorter, less-intensive application. Both grants still require a site visit with the Methow Valley Fund Advisors, a group of local residents who evaluate each application and determine the final grant awards.

“We surveyed the nonprofits across the valley to evaluate how the Methow Valley Fund grant process was meeting their needs” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “Their responses indicated that a smaller award option that required less time investment would be valuable. Now that we’ve been through the new process, it feels like a better fit for the nonprofits and hopefully results in more effective impact.”

The MVF grants are made possible by donations to the fund by the general public who care about the Methow Valley and want to see it thrive. Since its inception, the MVF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit programs serving the Methow Valley.

The MVF grants are open each year on December 1st and are due January 31st. To learn more, visit www.cfncw.org/methowvalleyfund.

2019 Methow Valley Fund Grant Awards

Aero Methow Rescue Service Ambulance child restraint system $2,000
Classroom in Bloom Greenhouse and Farm to School Expansion Project $2,000
Confluence Gallery and Art Center Art in the Wild, summer arts enrichment camp $2,000
Methow At Home Membership Grant Fund, financial aid for membership dues $2,000
Methow Conservancy Methow Grown Farm and Ranch Guide, 2nd edition $2,000
Methow Housing Trust Staff training and capacity-building $2,000
Methow Valley Citizens Council Clean Air Project $2,000
Methow Valley Family Home Center Assoc. Computer and printer upgrade $2,000
Methow Valley Interpretive Center Expanded signage for the Methow Valley Native Garden $2,000
Methow Watershed Foundation Pamphlet to educate residents about water supply and quality $2,000
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited Training and certification $2,000
Room One Outreach for new Room One communications $2,000
Shafer Historical Museum Modernizing admissions donations to accept debit/credit $2,000
The Cove Friday Food Program, supplemental food over the weekend for Methow Valley students in need $2,000
The Merc Playhouse Musical Theater Camp and Drama Camp for Summer 2019 $2,000
Winthrop Rink 4th grade Free Skate Program and other youth programs $2,000
Total MVF2K Grants $32,000
Cascadia Music Capacity-building and strategic planning $5,000
Friends of the Twisp Pool Situation assessment and feasibility study $5,000
Friends of the Winthrop Library Capacity-building and marketing for capital campaign $5,000
Little Star Montessori School Programs/General Operating support $5,000
Methow Arts Alliance Free arts education for Methow Valley School District $5,000
Methow Recycles General Operating support $5,000
Methow Trails Methow Valley Trails Collaborative – 2019 Save A Trail-Riser Lake $5,000
Okanogan County Search and Rescue Assoc. Technical Rope Rescue Training Class $5,000
Total MVF5K Grants $40,000

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