Foundation awards $3,000 to Grangeville groups

Pictured here are (top row, L-R) Jane Spencer, Idaho Community Foundation board member; Becky Hosman, Grangeville Centennial Library; John Bennett, GCF board chair; Mary Jahn, GCF board member; Gordon Talley, Grangeville Farmers’ Market; Mary Anne Davidson with Animal Ark; and (front, L-R) Barbara Seaman, Grangeville Farmers’ Market; Andrea Solberg, GCF board; and Chris Koehler, Grangeville Farmers’ Market.

GRANGEVILLE — For the second year in a row, Grangeville Community Foundation (GCF) awarded grants to a variety of local groups.

Awarded for the 2014 cycle last week were Animal Ark, Grangeville Centennial Library, Grangeville Elementary Middle School/Kids Klub, GEMS Tangible Needy Student Fund, Grangeville Idaho Drug Free Youth, Grangeville Music Department, Grangeville Farmers’ Market and Partners Inspiring Community Health.

“We were able to award $3,000 to eight entities this year,” said GCF president John Bennett.

This year, 11 applications for funds were submitted. Bennett said as the endowment grows, GCF will be able to award more money annually.

GCF started nearly three years ago when Grangeville residents Bennett, Mary Jahn, Mary Schmidt, Andrea Solberg and Jane Spencer took on the challenge to rally supporters around creating a new and permanent funding source for Grangeville so local nonprofits wouldn’t always have to look to outsiders. At the same time, Idaho Community Foundation was about to launch a program called the “Together Idaho Community Affiliate” program, which focuses on working with leaders in rural communities throughout the state to raise endowments of at least $100,000 to forever support local nonprofits.

“With the generous support of donors, Grangeville Community Foundation has raised more than $143,000 in its Legacy Endowment Fund,” Bennett added. “I think this is incredible for our community.”

Bennett added GCF will continue to build its funds and “no amount is too small as we continue to seek donors throughout the years,” he said. “Everyone can contribute.”

•Animal Ark was awarded $250 which will be used for its spay and neuter program to control the unwanted pet population in Grangeville.

•Grangeville Centennial Library received $250 to assist in recreational programming for library patrons, especially Family Read Week activities Nov. 16-22.

“This is a great family activity and also helps to increase literacy by reinforcing the importance of reading through adult involvement,” says library director Becky Hosman.

•GEMS and Kids Klub in a partnership will offer college visitations for seventh and eighth grade students with their $600. This will cover transportation costs to Lewis-Clark State College or University of Idaho.

“We want to give the students of GEMS the opportunity to witness and see what they are working towards as they complete their middle school and high school studies,” noted teacher Kelcey Edwards who wrote the grant application.

•GEMS Tangible Needy Student Fund was awarded $500 to benefit students who may not otherwise be able to participate in school activities or have the necessary clothing to fully participate in physical education class and recess, explained GEMS counselor Angie Edwards. The grant award will be matched by Bell Lumber & Pole.

•Grangeville Idaho Drug Free Youth with student Darby Finnegan, founder and officer of the Grangeville chapter of Idaho Drug Free Youth and her Grangeville High School advisor, Matt Elvin, will receive $400 to provide scholarships for members to attend various programs.

•Grangeville Music Department’s grant of $250 will supplement the instrument repair budget.

“I can’t thank you enough for supporting the music program once again. We are so fortunate to have support from our community and your funding is tangible evidence of such,” said music teacher Kathy Stefani.

•Grangeville Farmers’ Market was awarded $250.

“These funds will be used specifically to purchase materials for activities that will empower kids to make healthy food choices and explore their creativity, raising the next generation of market shoppers and bringing more families to market,” said volunteer Barb Seaman. Materials purchased will include paint, brushes, glue, fabric, paper and decorations for art projects, awards for contests and reward tokens for kids to make their own healthy food purchases.

•Partners Inspiring Community Health received $500 to help encourage children between the ages of 8-18 to learn about and actively participate in a lifetime activity. Grant funds will be used to fund one of the monthly programs organized by PICH members Gary McEwen, Grangeville Physical Therapy; Julie Hauger, owner of Camas Fitness Club Inc. (Groaners Gym); Kirstin Jensen, University of Idaho Extension; Katrena Hauger, GEMS K-8 PE teacher and athletic director; and Eve McColloch, owner of The Gym.

To donate to GCF send to PO Box 487, Grangeville, ID 83530 or log onto for an online link. E-mail with questions or talk to any member of the board of directors: John Bennett (983-3096), Mary Jahn (983-5962), Mary Schmidt (983-0373), Andrea Solberg (983-2475), or Jane Spencer (983-2254).

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