Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) Awards Grants for 2018

The Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded fourteen (14) competitive grants for 2018. The combined total of these grants equals over $89,000. 2018’s three initiatives were: Senior Initiative, Youth Initiative and Community Enrichment Initiative.

Several groups serving Calaveras County’s aging senior population were granted a total of over $64,000. Partial funding from the San Francisco Foundation, in memory of Lloyd Federlein, made this possible. Community food pantries in Valley Springs, Copperopolis, Angels Camp and Murphys were granted funds to continue their efforts to provide local seniors with nutritious food. Common Ground Senior Services’ Meals-on-Wheels program will continue to provide seniors with delivered meals. DRAIL makes home modifications, installs ramps and is a source for medical equipment. Habitat for Humanity makes critical home repairs for seniors while Calaveras Humane Society provides seniors preventative and emergency veterinary care for their pets. Equally as important to a senior’s wellbeing is socialization and activities. Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth of West Point will provide “Fun Friday’s for Seniors.”

The Youth Initiative was funded for more than $13,000 and benefited three projects. The County Youth Donor Advised Funds helped make these grants possible. Mind Matters Clinic of Murphys with their Fast ForWord to Success program will prepare young adults for challenges they may experience in their ongoing education. Calaveras County Office of Education will provide fingerprinting for incoming volunteer mentors for the Calaveras Mentoring Program. Calaveras County Friends of the Library will provide STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art and Math) kits and activities to help prepare children for 21st century jobs.

Two projects were funded under The Cultural Enrichment Initiative for a total of $12,047. The Community Betterment Fund fully funded Murphys Creek Theatre’s (custodian of the Black Bart Playhouse) project of replacing Playhouse’s aging lighting fixtures. The Jackson Rancheria Casino/Resort Hotel Community Fund helped with partial funding for Manzanita Writer’s Press project “Voices of Wisdom”. This is a collection of stories, memories and historical sharing from County seniors. This grant will defray costs of having this Anthology published and printed.

CCF is most grateful to all our donors for their generosity and desire to help fund worthwhile and innovative projects here in our local communities. Since it’s inception in 2000, CCF has provided over $2,000,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. To learn more about CCF, call (209) 736-1845 or visit CCF’s website: www.calaverasfoundation.org