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Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation announces grant awards

The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation will distribute a record $167,215 in grants to eight nonprofits.

To date, IWCF has distributed more than $2 million in grants to pooled grant awardees and through members’ individual organizations.

The following are the organizations and projects receiving money in 2014:

Idaho Shakespeare Festival: $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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Advocates: Development of Parents Anonymous Group in Ada and Canyon Counties: $29,957.50: 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.

For more information, call 208-343-IWCF.