The second annual Granite Falls Area Community Foundations (GFACF) grant recipient celebration was held this past Thursday at the Granite Run Golf Course. Once again, the announcement of a small group of grant applicants headlined the event that included door prizes, a silent auction, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres.
“I think everybody generally enjoyed themselves,” said GFACF Secretary Spencer Kvam. “It’s fun to give money away to the community.”
A crowd of about 60 turned out for the for Granite Run sponsored event. Former GFACF Board Chair Craig Bakkelund served as the Master of Ceremonies, announcing five of the evening’s six grant recipients––as one grant was also given directly from the Dave and Liz Reimer Endowment Fund.
According to Kvam, the foundation received five grant application requests totalling $1,950––which was a few hundred dollars short of that which were set aside for grant applications. Those dollars will become available to meet grant requests of the future. Last year, a combined $2,450 was distributed to six nonprofits.
Included among the 2012 grant recipients was the Granite Falls Historical Society, Lady Slipper Garden Club, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, Granite Arts Council and Bert Raney Elementary.
Of the five, only the garden club was not one of last year’s winners as well. The winner of the Reimer Endowment fund grant was Granite Falls Hospital and Ambulance.
Last year at this time the Granite Falls Foundation had received $85,000 in financial commitments. According to Kvam, Thursday night’s celebration dinner has helped the organization surpass $100,000.
As more donations arrive in the future the size of the endowment is expected to grow and, with it, the number and scale of projects that the foundation is able to assist.
A description of the projects receiving grants follows:
•Granite Falls Historical Society - $400 toward security camera and motion lights to deter museum theft.
•Bert Raney Elementary - $500 toward the “Let me hear it, see it and read it!” initiative which will go toward the purchase twenty-five audiobooks for ipads of Stacy Hinz’s sixth grade class.
•Lady Slipper Garden Club - $250 so that the club can commission a local artist to design and create a pelican art piece for display in one of the five community gardens under the organizations care.
•Granite Arts Council - $500 to help fund the headlining entertainment for the Ole and Lena Winter Variety Show.
•Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization - $300 to aid in the funding of roll up shades on the west side of the K.K. Berge building for the purpose of climate control and the protection of artwork and carpet from fading.
Page 2 of 2 - *The Granite Falls Hospital and Ambulance - In a grant issued by the Reimer endowment fund, the hospital and ambulance received $500 to be used to purchase equipment for training purposes.