We are pleased to share that the Community Foundation awarded $130,600 in local grants through the annual Community Enrichment Grant Program. The program is made possible by the Community Endowment Fund, a collection of gifts from individuals dedicated to the enhancement and sustainability of local nonprofits. These contributions foster healthy communities, vibrant arts programs, economic and leadership opportunities, and projects that honor our unique sense of place and the natural environment. In addition to the Community Endowment, the Jim Levine Youth Endowment Fund and the Anderson Valley Fund supported this year’s Community Enrichment Grant Program.
The Community Enrichment grant review process is a collaborative effort. Each year, the Community Foundation engages a diverse group of volunteer advisors and Community Foundation board and committee members to consider each proposal’s impact and alignment with regional needs. In its 28-year history, the Community Foundation has distributed $28.4 million, and the Community Enrichment program is a cornerstone of our strategic grantmaking. We appreciate the continued generosity of our donors and volunteers, who help us work towards a vibrant, inclusive, and healthy Mendocino County.
For more information or to make a gift to the Community Endowment Fund, visit www.communityfound.org.
2022-2023 Community Enrichment Awardees
Anderson Valley Skate Park (Anderson Valley Community Services District) – $7,400
To support the Anderson Valley Skate Park Project, a project of the Anderson Valley Service Learning Team, with the hiring of a temporary project manager/volunteer coordinator.
The Harwood Memorial Park, Inc. – $7,500
To improve access to healthy play with the purchase and installation of an all-in-one playground equipment module and an exercise station.
Good Farm Fund (fiscally sponsored by NCO) – $7,400
To support the sustainability of the Farm Grant Program by developing and publishing a turn-key guide to program administration.
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority – $7,500
To promote culture, wellness, tradition, and self-sufficiency for Native American individuals and families via events such as Big Time gatherings and regalia-making workshops; and to provide immediate support to individuals and families.
KMUD Redwood Community Radio – $7,000
To expand news coverage and emergency communication in remote areas by hiring reporters to cover county meetings, emergencies, and general news.
Mendocino County Soccer Academy – $5,000
To improve youth access to healthy activities by purchasing software to manage the current soccer programs (e.g., registrations, scheduling, etc.)
North Coast Opportunities – $6,700
To enhance youth gardening skills through the Summer Teen Program, which harvests produce for the Caring Kitchen weekly meal bags for local cancer patients.
Flockworks – $7,500
To establish a shared Creative Space for outreach to children, youth, and the community; To strengthen organizational capacity through consultants with HR and management expertise.
Mendocino Coast Cyclists – $7,500
To enhance the ability to work on remote trails and deploy volunteers for search and rescue by purchasing an e-bike.
Mendocino Performing Arts Company DBA Mendocino Theatre Company – $7,500
To improve the theatrical experience by purchasing software and computer updates to coordinate sound, lighting, and video elements.
Noyo Center for Marine Science – $7,500
To raise awareness of the impact of plastic use on the ocean by purchasing a plastics recycling machine and filament maker for a 3D printing machine that will recycle locally collected plastics and turn them into saleable goods.
Covelo Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary – $7,100
To safely store items for fire survivors and other community members in need by building shelves, installing solar lights inside a storage container, and purchasing storage totes.
Pacific Community Charter School – $7,500
To support local, regional, and statewide field trips by purchasing an additional van to help transport students.
Save the Redwoods League – $7,500
To enhance the visitor experience while protecting the ecosystem in Montgomery Woods by purchasing materials and construction costs for new trails, gathering areas, and interpretive exhibits.
Ukiah Senior Center – $7,500
To enhance the safety of community members and property by purchasing and installing a new security system.
Ukiah Valley Trail Group – $7,500
To increase the fundraising capacity for the Ukiah Valley Trail Group by engaging a fund development consultant to identify and implement fundraising opportunities, including a business sponsor program.
Friends of the Mendocino County Museum – $7,500
To develop a vibrant grassroots community organization capable of supporting the Mendocino County Museum by increasing the fundraising capacity, including a membership drive.
Seabiscuit’s Legacy LLC (Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation) – $7,500
To highlight the importance of Ridgewood Ranch and the impact of Seabiscuit’s legacy on the local community by hiring a production and film crew for a two-week shoot at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits.