2017 – Seven Projects – $201,500
Bee City USA: Garden City Pollinator Habitat — $21,900 (over 2 years)
Garden City Pollinator Habitat will call attention to the serious threats to pollinators and inspire people to take action. In a beautiful garden, visitors will learn about bees, watch them work in wooden bee houses and learn how to help them.
Boise Contemporary Theater: The MakeSpace Loft at BCT — $30,000 (over 1 year)
MakeSpace Loft at BCT will be a dedicated space for BCT Theater Lab, launched in 2011, which is devoted to the development of new work by young artists. It also will serve many other students, artists and organizations who lack affordable, modern space where they can create, practice and perform inspiring new works for our community.
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.: IFHC Housing Justice Center — $30,000 (over 1 year)
IFHC will educate the public about legal processes, rights and strategies for addressing hate and housing issues and provide legal services to people experiencing discriminatory housing. Affordable, healthy and safe housing is the crux of and critical for everyone’s financial stability, but especially for vulnerable people.
Jannus, Inc.: Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline — $30,000 (over 1 year)
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will have enhanced outreach to rural Southwest Idaho to raise awareness and increase
the use of crisis- and suicide-prevention services. Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country; suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens, and 13% report they have planned a suicide attempt.
Lee Pesky Learning Center: Mental Health Support at Meridian Elementary — $25,000 (over 2 years)
Mental health at Meridian Elementary School will be supported by providing self-regulation strategies and ongoing classroom mentoring over two school years.
Love INC: Donation Station Expansion Project — $25,000 (over 1 year)
Love INC has doubled its ministry partners and families served in the past two years. This grant will expand its Donation Station facility to receive, renovate and repurpose donations and provide the capacity for Love INC to grow exponentially.
Valley Regional Transit: Low-income Job-Access Transportation — $40,000 (over 1 year) — ABC Grant
Valley Regional Transit (VRT) has provided low-income job-access transportation for the past 5 years, serving people with commuting needs beyond the times and service area of the traditional bus system. This grant will ensure there is no decline in service to them during VRT’s transition into the new Mobile Village transportation solution.
2016 – Five Projects – $150,000
Children’s Free Dental Clinic: Mobile Clinic Upgrades and Additions — $30,000 (over 2 years)
Miles of Smiles has operated nearly nine years in the Treasure Valley. IWCF grant monies will purchase additional handpieces and instruments to ensure quality dental care to children in need; dental supplies to treat 4,000 students with exams, teeth cleanings, fluoride varnish, X-rays, extractions and restorations; an in-house water distiller; electrical hook-ups installed in additional schools to expand the program to reach more children; insurance premiums for 2016-2017; and an overhead covering to protect the RV in storage.
Idaho Diaper Bank: Diaper Need: A Hidden Consequence of Poverty — $30,000 (1 year)
The IDB helps ensure children can meet their potential. Providing something as simple as diapers gives families in poverty a glimpse of hope. It allows them to keep their babies healthy and helps prevent maternal depression; allows limited resources to go toward other basic needs like food and rent; and means babies can go to daycare so their parents can go to work. This grant will launch an innovative, virtual warehousing model and an online fundraising platform to promote sustainability.
Salvation Army: Equip Preschool at School for Teen Moms — $30,000 (1 year)
Children of immature parents frequently live in poverty and often don’t perform as well as children of older mothers on measures of child development and school readiness. The IWCF grant will equip and furnish new preschool classrooms and a playground for the children of student teen mothers attending the Booth-Marian Pritchett School (BMPS). Adding early-learning education to the on-campus child care services will benefit the children as their mothers complete high school.
Treasure Valley Food Coalition: Boise Farmers Market Mobile Unit — $30,000 (1 year)
Our food system has an enormous impact on the environment. Local farmers using sustainable farming practices can help mitigate environmental degradation, but only if they have markets for their produce. Many consumers, especially those of low income, find it difficult to access these foods. This request funds the purchase and retrofit of a shuttle bus to create a mobile farmers market, similar to a bookmobile, providing access to more Ada County residents.
West Central Highlands Resource Conservation and Development: Sweet Syringa Hall — $30,000 (1 year)
This 1897 building, owned by Syringa Club since 1991, is in desperate need of structural repairs. Following a severe wind event, roof joists were patched, but roof connection to walls for stabilization during seismic and wind forces is needed. The IWCF grant will fund new joists to tie the roof to the walls, resulting in a new roof.
2015 – Six Projects – $163,500
The Cancer Connection Idaho: Write from the Heart — $20,000 (over 2 years)
Allocated over two years, this IWCF grant will transform a therapeutic outlet for teens into an annual program. It will celebrate teens, raise awareness of their emotional needs as they undergo cancer-related challenges, and bring catharsis and healing through the act of writing. In 2016, a booklet containing the teens’ winning essays will be published, and the program will add writing mentors.
Council School District: Council Rural Environmental Stewardship Team — $23,500 (over 2 years)
This IWCF grant will bring together Council’s school, community and area to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly park and pond. As the 240 students apply inquiry-based learning to real watershed problems, they will gain job skills, receive training in job application and make contacts with forest industry employers. In this financially depressed area, CREST’s work will benefit both locals and visitors for many years.
Feed the Gap, Inc.: Safety Net for Hungry Children in Boise Schools — $30,000 (over 3 years)
To close the food gap for 8,000 children who would otherwise go hungry because of their parents’ financial instability, IWCF is partnering with the Boise School District to identify and feed them for three years through this grant. This support goes to schools that do not qualify for federal assistance. The three-year program will help children be ready to learn and protect them from being turned away in their cafeteria.
Good Samaritan Home: Building Renovation Repair Beautification Project — $30,000 (over 3 years)
Thanks to IWCF, the 72-year-old Good Samaritan Home will receive much-needed improvements to its 18,800-square-foot facility, which houses low-income veterans, seniors, and men and women with disabilities—people who otherwise might not have a place to live. The home is seriously in need of repairs generally, especially replacement of badly worn flooring in the main traffic areas.
Idaho Children’s Trust Fund: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Initiative — $30,000 (over 3 years)
During this three-year project, IWCF funds will support a coordinator and workbooks for training 5 percent of Treasure Valley adults (~22,500 people) how to prevent sexual abuse, using the research-based curriculum “Stewards of Children.” Research has shown that reaching this number is the tipping point for changing behavior, which must be done to address the most prevalent health problem children face.
Life’s Kitchen, Inc.: Life Skills and Employability Training Project –– $30,000 (over
Building on 12 years of Life’s Kitchen’s success, IWCF will fund its trainees for three years. They will learn skills to live as independent young adults and job skills to secure and maintain employment. They also will complete their high school diploma equivalent, earn professional food industry certification and be mentored to improve their sense of self-worth and gain the ability to set and accomplish life goals.
2014 – Eight Projects – $167,215
Artisans4Hope: Growth and Development — $18,543
A4H will use IWCF funds to buy commercial sewing machines and other equipment needed to develop refugees’ marketable textile skills. Some of the grant funds also will be applied to personnel costs for expanding the A4H training program.
Boise Urban Garden School: Education Facility — $29,714.50
Partnering with the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Dept. and a family foundation, BUGS will use IWCF funds to add a commercial kitchen to its new education facility, which will serve low-income youth and their families in west Boise.
The Cabin: Expressive Writing Program for At-Risk Youth — $15,000
Using IWCF funds, The Cabin will expand its Writers in the Schools programs at the Boys and Girls Club in Garden City and Juvenile Corrections in Nampa, and reach children in other at-risk schools. All the new programs were requested by administrators, parents, students or community members.
Family Advocates: Development of Parents Anonymous® Group in Ada and Canyon Counties — $29,957.50
Thanks to IWCF funding, Family Advocates will become an accredited provider for Parents Anonymous®, a national evidence-based model of parent support to strengthen families. PA strives to prevent child abuse and neglect by decreasing risk factors for parents and empowering them to change attitudes and behaviors.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Van for ISF’s Educational Tours ITY and Shakespearience — $20,000
IWCF funds will be used to buy a touring vehicle, allowing the company to travel across Idaho to bring live theater to students in K-12 schools, as well as to teachers and community members.
Junior Achievement of Idaho: Expanded Financial Literacy for Youth in SW Idaho — $23,000
With IWCF funds, JA will expand its in-class financial literacy programs to low-income and high-risk students K-12, giving them a basic understanding of financial education and equal access to a business mentor and experiential curriculum in financial literacy.
One Stone: Leadership Mentoring Program — $12,500
In partnership with the Idaho Youth Ranch and the Hays Shelter Home, One Stone will use IWCF funds to increase access to its “design thinking” project development process for populations with barriers to participating, allowing them to identify community needs and create projects that address them innovatively.
Terry Reilly Health Services: Retinal Camera for Diabetic Eye Screenings — $18,500
IWCF funds will pay for a Canon CR2 retinal camera and computer system to screen diabetic patients for signs of retinopathy, the leading cause of preventable blindness, at the TRH clinic. The grant also covers on-site training of staff to take digital images, which will be read off-site by professionals.
2013 – Eight Projects – $162,051
Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County: After School Transportation Program — $10,000
The project provides transportation from school to the Boys and Girls Club of Garden City for students from Taft, Lowell, Mountain View and Koelsch elementary schools.
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho: Creating Idaho’s First School Based Health Clinic (SBHC) at MERIDIAN ELEMENTARY (to serve 4 elem., 1 middle school; 2,892 students and their family members) — $25,000
This is a pilot project to create Idaho’s first school-based health care clinic. It will provide basic primary care, behavioral health, referral to specialists, nutrition and prevention education, and financial assistance thru Medicaid enrollment and sliding fee scale for non- and underinsured children and their family members who do not have a primary care medical home.
Genesis World Mission, Garden City Community Clinic: Garden City Community Clinic Dental Expansion; Dental Specialty Referral Network — $24,397
Uninsured dental issues are among the three top causes of ER visits, overloading local ER departments. This project develops a Volunteer Dental Specialty Network modeled after Genesis’ successful Volunteer Physician Network to create a referral process to offload ER personnel. Glenns Ferry Historical Museum: Where Art and History Meet — $24,654
This project will continue the renovation of a historic schoolhouse into an accessible museum, create an outdoor venue/meeting place for Cultural Heritage programs in the summer and renovate and equip an area of the indoor space with technology to support the digitization of existing historical archives year around.
Idaho Law Foundation: New American Law Academy — $13,500
Refugees attend classes that instruct them in American Law practices which are relevant to their lives.
Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services: Expanded New Directions in Supportive Services for Boise’s Homeless Population — $19,500
Adds an additional half-time social worker to help more of the single men and women move from homelessness to permanent housing. Working with a social worker has an immediate impact on the resources and prospects of a homeless person.
Southwest Mountain Biking Association: Better utilization of volunteers to build environmentally sustainable trails for use by anyone who loves to hike, bike, or run — $20,000
By purchasing a Single-Track 240 high-tech mini-bulldozer to rough cut new multi-use trails, SWIMBA will be able to build more miles of trails for nonmotorized use more efficiently and with minimal environmental and visual impact.
Useful Glassworks: Building Capacity, Maximizing Efficiency, and Streamlining Methodology — $ 25,000
This project trains homeless, those recently released from prison and refugees for the job market. The organization has a very high job-placement record for those trained. This grant involves a redesign of the facility to allow for a 50% increase in the production of high-quality glassware, and a corresponding increase in the number of participants served.
2012 – Eight Projects – $164,285
Boise Bicycle Project: Commuter Work and Ride Program — $12,000
BBP’s “Work and Ride” program is designed to make it possible for adults and teens to receive bicycle repair, equipment and training to commute safely to work, school and essential daily activities.
Create Common Good: STIR – Transforming Lives through Culinary Training — $25,000
CCG prepares refugees for employment, while providing the community with gourmet food products and catering. IWCF funding will support self-sufficiency programs for this vulnerable population through job placement in the foodservice industry.
Family Advocates Program: Families First: Strengthening Families and Increasing School Readiness — $25,000
This project prevents child abuse by matching 250 trained CASA volunteers with 650 foster children annually, creating a cadre of volunteers to conduct home-visits with at-risk families.
Mercy Housing: NW Upcycled Playgrounds — $25,000
This project creates two eco-friendly play spaces on-site of Mercy Housing Northwest-Idaho’s developments, engaging children of the low to moderate income properties they serve in the building process. All equipment will be recycled from waste materials.
Mountain Home Senior Center Inc: Mountain Home Senior Center — $19,285 The Mountain Home Senior Citizens building was donated in 1984 by MHAFB. Consisting of 2 barracks, the building had all original amenities and needed better insulation, new windows, doors, and a new furnace.
Organization Assisting the Homeless Student: Operation Treasure Valley — $10,000
IWCF support will help OATHS expand from the Boise School District to 2500 homeless students of the Treasure Valley giving them a better chance of enjoying, succeeding in and staying in school.
Payette Public Library: Amphitheatre for the Library — $25,000
The Payette Public Library will build an amphitheater connected to the new library expansion. This will be used for library events as well as community events.
The Peregrine Fund: Environmental Contaminants: What can we learn? — $23,000
This new exhibit will educate visitors about how birds of prey provide early warning signs for identifying environmental threats to humans.
2011 – Eight Projects – $126,000
Community Care Clinic-McCall: Health Pathways to Progress — $21,000
In Valley and Adams counties, where unemployment currently approaches 25%, this program provides dental care, eye care, and mental health counseling to adults who have no access to health care insurance.
Discovery Center of Idaho: Technology for Ongoing Transformational Learning — $22,000
Develops a robotics lab for 4th-12th graders and creates a statewide contest for high schooler’s integrating science, technology, engineering and math.
Gateway School of Language and Culture: Family Resource Center — $5,000
Creates a space for families, parents and children, to get help with language learning (literacy for the whole family), computer training and access to community and social resources.
Lee Pesky Learning Center: Caldwell College Aspirations — $6,528
Expands Caldwell P16 program into high school, enabling students with ability but no financial resources to engage in college preparation classes and activities.
Microenterprise Training and Assistance: Advancing Lives through Microenterprise Assistance — $25,000
Establishes an ongoing, revolving loan fund specifically targeting low-income women in Ada and Canyon counties, also providing them with training technical assistance in business planning.
National Oldtime Fiddlers, Inc.: ”Squeaky Strings” After-School Music Program — $20,000
Adds new types of instruments and doubles the number of children in current program, also providing a 3-day summer music camp. Community Impact: The “Fiddle Capital of the World,” Weiser, Idaho, currently has no orchestra or stringed instrument.
Sustainable Futures: Doubling Recycling Glass Production Capacity and Efficiency — $20,000
This program addresses two issues: doubling the capacity for glass recycling in Southwest Idaho society and providing job training and counseling to enable paroled women to enter the workforce. (Currently Ūsful Glassworks.)
Third Judicial District Guardian Ad Litem Program: Give an Abused and Neglected Child a Voice — $5,000
Adds 30 volunteers to act as guardians ad litem for 167 children in Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Washington and Adams counties.
2010 – Seven Projects – $141,500
Boise Community Radio: 89.9 Production Studios — $24,000
Purchase audio production equipment to support transition from Internet broadcasting to a terrestrial radio signal.
Boys and Girls Club Ada County: Summer Program in Kuna — $24,000
Provided support to a day-long supervised education, nutrition and activities program for low income and at-risk children in partnership with Reed Elementary School.
Canyon County Habitat for Humanity: Truck Purchase — $14,000
Purchase a hydraulic lift truck which will be used to pick up donations/make deliveries for the ReStore business.
Horseshoe Bend Mutual Improvement Club: Upgrade Ladies Club Building — $8,000
Add insulation, replace windows and furnace in the circa 1915 building used as a community center.
The Momentum Group: Common Ground Training Program — $24,000
Support operations of a farming micro-enterprise that employs refugees for additional on-the-job training as well as produce food for their families and foodbank clients.
ROSE Advocates: Better Choices for Better Futures — $21,000
Provide after school group and individual counseling for children in Weiser, ID and Washington County who are repeatedly exposed to domestic violence.
Women’s and Children’s Alliance: Treasure Valley Domestic Violence Collaboration — $26,500
Seed money for teaching financial literacy skills to victims of domestic violence in order to free them from economic dependency and financial exploitation.
2009 – Seven Projects – $122,700
Boise Urban Garden School: Toward an Edible Schoolyard — $15,000
Partnership with W.H. Taft Elementary School to create an on-site school garden and farm-to-table curriculum.
The Center for the Arts: Empowering and Connecting Youth through the Arts — $9,850
Offer a full range of arts experiences in after-school programs for underserved youth in Canyon County.
Idaho Foodbank: Backpack Program Expansion — $25,000
Increased the number of food-insecure school children participating in a program sending food home for weekends.
Idaho Voices for Children: First Executive Director Position — $10,850.
Increase enrollment of needy children in the S-CHIP health insurance program through the work of a new full-time executive director dedicating 30% of their time to the project.
Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services: Building Improvements — $17,000
Special grant to support operations of a nonprofit experiencing higher demand and lower donations due to the economic recession.
Land Trust of the Treasure Valley: Star River Walk — $20,000
Build a designated public trail along the Boise River in Star, ID, construct a small bridge, install interpretive signage, and provide safe access for recreation.
Terry Reilly Health Services: Preventing Dental Disease for Pregnant Women, Babies and Diabetics — $25,000
Remove financial barriers to oral health services by underwriting initial visits to the TRHS dental clinic to diagnose problems and provide education necessary to maintain dental and periodontal health.
2008 – Five Projects – $109,000
Baby Steps: The Step-Up Academy — $24,000
Educational series that helps low-income mothers identify and develop their individual strengths and job skills.
Boise Watershed Exhibits: Welcome Basin Exhibit — $25,000
Funded an educational exhibit that introduces visitors to the Boise Watershed Environmental Education Center.
Idaho Meth Project: Billboard Campaign — $25,000
Supported the billboard messaging of a Methamphetamine public prevention and awareness program.
Treasure Valley Even Start: Family Literacy Program — $10,000
Expanded a family-education program to provide parents with ESL, GED and parenting skills classes while their young children are better prepared to enter kindergarten.
Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts: Theater Lighting & Sound System — $25,000
Provided funding to TriCA for lighting and sound equipment for use in classes and dance performances.
2007 – Six Projects – $87,700
Children’s Dance Institute: Cultural Respect Dance Program — $10,000
Provided the funding for an additional 300 children to participate in a dance movement program that explores the dances and traditions of non-majority cultures and races.
Garden Valley School: After School Program — $13,000
Supported a newly established program providing a safe environment and enrichment for Garden Valley School’s many “latchkey kids.”
Homedale Elementary School: Walking Track Surfacing — $22,500
Provided funding for Homedale School’s all-weather walking track, enabling student Walking Club and the entire community to exercise outdoors throughout the year.
Idaho Law Foundation: Family Law Assistance — $25,000
Provided start-up costs for developing the Soundstart program to assist low-income single parents with legal issues regarding child custody, visitation and support.
Publishing Young Authors, Inc: Writing Clubs Expansion — $7,200
Supported after-school clubs in Boise that emphasize creative writing and publishing.
Women’s Voices for the Earth: Toxins in the Home Bilingual Outreach — $10,000
Supported a new outreach initiative educating women working in service businesses about the potential hazards of the job materials they use and how to minimize their health risks.
2006 – Five Projects – $85,000
The Children’s Free Dental Clinic: Mobile Dental Program — $20,000
Funded a security system for the new mobile clinic van that will provide services to local schools.
Idaho Public Television: “Color of Conscience” Documentary — $10,000
Provided seed money for research and acquiring film footage for Idaho human rights video documentary.
Life’s Kitchen: Correctional Youth Life Skills — $25,000
Funding for a program that transitions youth from the juvenile correction system back into the community through culinary and life skills.
Mountain States Group, Inc: Community Gardens of Boise — $10,000
Allowed for the establishment of more garden sites that are heavily utilized by Boise’s refugee population.
Whitney Elementary School: Math Improvement Project — $20,000
Provided start-up funds for intervention curriculum to improve students’ skills in mathematics.
2005 – Four Projects – $74,000
Bogus Basin Lifetime Sports Education Foundation: Trail Lighting Project — $12,333
Helped to finish illuminating a five-kilometer Nordic trail with state-of-the-art, solar-powered lights.
Idaho Foodbank: Food Stabilization and Training — $24,667
Funded operations to preserve donated fresh produce to reduce waste and increase distributions.
Planned Parenthood of Idaho: Planned Parenthood Without Walls — $12,333
Supported reproductive/gynecological health and information “mini-clinics” in McCall and Canyon County.
Si Se Puede! (Yes We Can) Idaho, Inc: Literacy and Language Acquisition — $24,667
Summer program to teach labor camp families English language through writing, computer learning and art.
2004 – Two Projects – $37,660
El Ada Community Action Partnership: Services Enhancement Project — $15,000
Funding enabled improvement of services to women, disabled people, and disenfranchised youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Idaho Humane Society: Prison Pet Partnership Program — $22,660
Seed money for the Inmate Dog Alliance Program that pairs dogs from IHS with state corrections’ prisoners to provide training to the animals to ensure successful subsequent adoption. (Currently known as the Inmate Dog Alliance Project.)
2003 – One Project
Garden City Community Clinic: Services Start-up and Expansion — $32,750
Provided funding for a nurse coordinator, medication and supplies during the initial year of operation for this no-cost health clinic serving Idaho’s neediest population.
2002 – One Project
Terry Reilly Health Services: Cervical Cancer Education — $19,750
Funded a new Woman-to-Woman/Amiga-a-Amiga program to provide community education about cervical cancer testing and treatment at the Marsing, ID Clinic.