Annual Community Grant Awards November 6th

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Pictured: Stumptown Art Studio received the 2013 Great Fish Award last year.

2014 Annual Community Grant Awards Presentation
Join us Thursday, November 6th at the O’Shaughnessy

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s Community Impact Committee has been hard at work this summer reviewing grant applications. On May 31st, the Foundation received 86 applications requesting close to $400,000. Since then, the Community Impact Committee has been conducting site visits to nonprofits to learn more about the organizations and the project or program for which they have requested funds. The eight member committee has met several times over the summer to discuss and prioritize each grant application. Funding awards for the Community Grants Program has increased by an average of 20% each year since its inception in 2000.

Each year, the Community Foundation recognizes two nonprofit organizations and presents them with a special award – the Great Fish Award and the Doris Schumm Community Spirit Award. This year, a third award will be added. The Russ and Mary Jane Street Community Service Award will recognize the contribution a nonprofit has made in the community. All three awards come with an additional $1,000 grant.

The annual Community Grant Awards Presentation is always an exciting event for the Whitefish Community Foundation. It is the time when we get to meet our hard working nonprofits and thank them for the work that they do. The public is welcome to attend. Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 6th and join us at the O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center at 7 PM.

2014 Grant Recipients:
ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE
Flathead Shelter Friends
Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force
KittyMOM’s Rescue Organization
WAG – Hugh Rogers WAG Dog Park

ARTS AND CULTURE
Alpine Theatre Project
Glacier Symphony and Chorale
Hockaday Museum of Art
North Valley Music School
Stumptown Art Studio
Stumptown Players
Whitefish Arts Council
Whitefish Review
Whitefish School District – Performing Arts Center
Whitefish Theatre Company

COMMUNITY BUILDING
Habitat for Humanity
Special Olympics – Montana
Whitefish Community Center
Whitefish Firefighters Association
Whitefish Library Association
Whitefish Rotary Charitable Fund
Whitefish Shines

CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Family Forestry Expo
Farming For the Future Academy
Flathead Audubon Society
Whitefish Lake Institute
Whitefish Legacy Partners

EDUCATION
Glacier Institute
Olney – Bissell School #58
Whitefish Community School
Whitefish School District –
Muldown Elementary Second Step Program
Muldown Elementary Music Program
Muldown Elementary Student Snack Program
Whitefish Middle School Band Program
Whitefish Middle School Orchestra Program
Whitefish Middle School Special Education
Whitefish High School Freeflow Club
Whitefish High School Global Food Systems

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
A Ray of Hope
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flathead County
CASA for Kids
Center for Restorative Youth Justice
City of Whitefish Parks and Recreation
Community Action Partnership
Farm Hands – Nourish the Flathead
Flathead Cancer Aid Services
Flathead Youth Home
GIGL Childcare & Preschool
Human Therapy on Horseback
Intermountain – Children’s Services
Lighthouse Christian Home
Montana Food Bank Network
N.C. Foundation
North Valley Food Bank
North Valley Hospital Foundation
Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic
Tamarack Grief Resource Center
The WAVE – Whitefish Community Aquatic and Health Center
Violence Free Crisis Line – The Abbie Shelter
Whitefish Housing Authority
Whitefish School District – Holiday Food Bag

SPORTS AND RECREATION
Big Mountain Ski Club
Big Mountain Ski Patrol
Columbia Falls – Whitefish Swim Teams
DREAM Adaptive Recreation
Flathead Nordic Patrol
Flathead Rapids Soccer Club
Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation
Gateway to Glacier Trail
Glacier Nordic Club
Glacier Twins American Legion Baseball
Ravenwood Outdoor
Riding On Insulin
Whitefish Figure Skating Club
Whitefish Youth Soccer Organization