First Round 2012 Grant Recipients
During this first round of grant funding for 2012, ten local groups have been awarded a total of $25,799 by the Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF). Community groups focusing on school age children, music, seniors, fire safety, theatre, youth, and food pantries in Calaveras County are benefiting from these grants. Second round winners will be announced soon.
Scott Ratterman, Grant Committee Chair states: “It is certainly rewarding to be able to help out this many programs throughout our county. In 2012, we had 36 organizations requesting a total of $125,000 for very worthwhile projects. Ideally we would have liked to fund them all. Choosing the programs to fund was an extremely difficult job. Some projects could only be partially funded. We encourage anyone who can, to contribute to the Foundation to ensure that these funds don’t dry up in the future. Every donation is welcomed and appreciated.”
Projects varied greatly, including: a grant writing workshop for local charities, cameras for the First Responders alert program, HVAC units at the Volunteer Center, Calaveras High School band uniforms, Copperopolis community garden, holiday ballet presentation, classes to improve social thinking skills for autistic children, supplies for educational enrichment programs, and weekly food pantry distribution costs.
Recipients of CCF’s 2012 first round of funding were: Valley Springs Area Business Association, Calaveras Yellow Dot Program, Calaveras High Band Boosters, Studio 4 Dance Studio, Mind Matters, Good Samaritan Foot Pantry, Friends of Railroad Flat School, Valley Springs Youth, The Volunteer Center and Copperopolis Parks and Recreation.
Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has provided more than $650,000 in competitive grants, scholarships and assistance. The amount of this year’s competitive grants is made possible, in no small part, by continued donations from Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel, Umpqua Bank, Sierra Pacific Industries, Save Mart and Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Federlein Family Fund at the San Francisco Foundation.