The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) has been awarded the $50,000 Endowment Grant from the Community Foundation of NCW. “We really wanted this grant to take an organization to the next level,” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director, “it was a unanimous decision.”
Of the 31 applicants, 5 finalists were selected for final interviews that were conducted in early September. The finalists were: Methow Conservancy, Methow Valley Sport Trails Association, Okanogan Transportation and Nutrition, Upper Valley Connection, and The Women’s Resource Center. “They are all outstanding organizations,” said Stipe, “it was a really hard decision for our board to make.” The award winner was announced at the 3rd annual Board Celebration Dinner at Sun Mountain in Winthrop and presented to the board president, Midge Cross. “We think we are a pretty cool organization,” said an enthusiastic Cross, “and you guys haven’t seen anything yet!” The Endowment Grant provides the MVSTA a permanent fund at the Community Foundation of NCW that will give them permanent, annual income. As the fund grows through gifts and investments, so will their income, giving the MVSTA greater sustainability and potential for impacting their community long term.
The MVSTA provides 120 miles of recreation trails across the Methow Valley. “These trails are the life blood of the local economy, which contributed an estimated $13.5 million in the 2011/2012 season” stated their grant application. MVSTA saw the most trail use ever during the last season, with 45,000 skier days and anticipates over 45,000 users this summer. Their trail model is recognized nationally for sustaining a vibrant economy and promoting healthy living. They just secured new office space close to one of the main trailheads that will now give them more exposure and better opportunity to meet and interact with trail users.
The criteria evaluated for the endowment grant included: the organization makes a significant impact in the community served; the organization has an endowment grant as part of their strategic plan; fiscal board participation and commitment from their board; and receiving the grant would move the organization to the next level.
“We are truly honored to have been chosen for such a substantial award” said James DeSalvo, MVSTA’s Executive Director. “The significance of an endowment to our organization and our community is truly inspiring. While I was excited to tell our board and our staff about this award I was most excited to tell my kids since they are the true beneficiaries” Said DeSalvo.
The Community Foundation of NCW plans to offer an endowment grant every other year and any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is eligible to apply.
The Community Foundation of NCW (CFNCW) has awarded $99,921 in grants to 28 nonprofits across North Central Washington through the fall cycle of its Regional Impact Grants. This cycle’s grants will fund programs to support military families, provide laundry services for the homeless, bring legislative sessions into the classroom, help with children’s reading programs, expand access to art, and much more.
Regional Impact Grants, offered twice a year in spring and fall, provide up to $5,000 in funding for general programs, special projects, start-up funding, and small equipment. Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan county is eligible to apply. Grant applications are reviewed by the CFNCW grants committee, comprised of select board members and staff, who visit each applicant to review the proposal, ask questions, and learn more about the project or program for which they are requesting funds. All final grant decisions are made by the Board of Trustees.
Congratulations to the following grant recipients:
American Red Cross Apple Valley Chapter – $5,000
AmeriCorps volunteer to head a program to support local military families, local veterans, and local service members.
Art on the Avenues – $2,500
Recondition bronze sculptures that are part of the permanent community collection.
Cascade Medical Center – $4,250
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training at several sites throughout the area severed by the center.
Cashmere Art and Activity Center – $1,500
Audio/visual equipment and advertising to increase visibility in the community.
Chelan Douglas CASA Program – $4,550
Recruit and train mentors for Adolescents in Transition to Education and Employment through Mentoring (ATEEM), specific to foster youth.
Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services – $2,500
Matching grant for general operations.
City of Pateros – $1,500
Picnic tables for the Pateros Pedestrian Mall.
Entiat Community Historical Society – $5,000
Raising Slumbering Voices Project recording memories of Entiat’s longtime residents, a partnership with Entiat Schools.
Heritage Heights at Lake Chelan – $3,021
HVAC testing equipment to allow better monitoring of resident’s rooms.
Junior Achievement of Washington – $2,500
Scholarships for Westside and Manson High students to attend JA World in Yakima.
Leavenworth Winter Sports Club – $4,250
Upgrade the website.
Life Choices of Wenatchee Valley – $2,700
Earn While You Learn program that offers an award of new baby equipment upon completion of 12 classes of prenatal/newborn parenting education.
Mansfield Museum and Historical Society – $5,000
Renovate a portion of the basement for additional displays.
Manson Parks and Recreation – $5,000
Initiate Phase I of a construction project addressing water drainage issues at Singleton Park.
Methow Arts Alliance – $5,000
Access to Art, an arts education partnership in Okanogan county for school districts outside the Methow Valley School District.
Okanogan Land Trust – $3,500
Update office infrastructure to allow networking and remote access.
Omak Performing Arts Center Foundation – $4,500
Series of 3 performances for 2012-2013 for students and the general public.
Rock Island Elementary School – $1,000
AmeriCorps volunteer for the 2012-2013 school year to focus on improving student reading skills.
Rotary First Harvest – $5,000
VISTA volunteer for Wenatchee.
Shalom Church of Wenatchee – $2,000
Washer and dryer for the ministry center to launder used clothing for free giveaway to the poor and also to provide a place for the homeless to do laundry.
Suicide Prevention Coalition of NCW – $5,000
Connect Program, a “train the trainer” program educating community members to recognize and respond to suicide warning signs.
Trust for Public Land – $2,500
Living Landscapes program.
Upper Valley Connection – $3,000
Support general operations.
Washington Public Affairs Network – $2,500
Capital Classroom for Wenatchee High School, connecting legislative sessions to the classroom.
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation – $1,650
Support 3 participants from Chelan County to attend the National Preservation Conference in Spokane.
Wenatchee Jazz Workshop – $5,000
Support for 2013 Jazz Festival.
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $5,000
Support general operations.
YWCA – $5,000
Maintenance, insurance, and expense involved with 3 vehicles used to transport equipment, personnel, and other items that directly support the local mission.