IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Community Foundation of Idaho announced that 40 community projects in eastern Idaho, northern Idaho and Treasure Valley have received Project Neighborly grants totaling $135,000 $, including $45,000 in eastern Idaho.
Project Neighborly is an ICF program aimed at fostering inclusion and inspiring good neighborliness in local communities by providing grants for hyperlocal projects such as community gardens, neighborhood dinners, and community festivals.
Project Neighborly is led by the Idaho Community Foundation with support from community partners Battelle Energy Alliance, manager and operator of Idaho National Laboratory; Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Idaho Central Credit Union and Innovia Foundation.
Beneficiaries were selected by members of the local community.
“It’s been inspiring to see the care and commitment the people of eastern Idaho have for their neighbors and their communities,” said Misty Benjamin, Neighborly Project Grants Examiner and Manager of Community Relations and of the INL’s philanthropic program. “The funding will make a visible difference and provide opportunities for new members and established members of the community to collaborate.
“I’ve loved seeing all of the great work our nonprofits and community groups do to serve our neighborhoods and communities,” said Laura Smith, Project Neighborly Grants Reviewer, Vice President of Community Development at the Idaho Central Credit Union.
The Neighborly Project was piloted in Treasure Valley in 2021 and expanded to communities in eastern Idaho and northern Idaho this year. This year’s recipients in eastern Idaho are:
- Bonneville Neighborhood Association (Bannock) – $5,000 to commemorate and rekindle the interest and contributions of multi-ethnic members of the Triangle community in Pocatello.
- Butte Soil and Water Conservation District (Butte) – $3,500 to create a sense of community through increased participation of vendors and buyers at the local Arco Farmer’s Market.
- College Neighborhood Association (Bannock) – $3,475 to hold a tree lighting party in the neighborhood park as a gathering for residents and improve/expand the bi-annual newsletter.
- Eastern Idaho Jazz Society (Bonneville) – $1,000 to support a free, full-day jazz and blues music festival in Idaho Falls, featuring eight of the region’s top jazz and blues bands and a nationally recognized featured artist.
- Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church (Bannock) – $650 to support a neighborhood festival to showcase activities and groups that meet in the church building, as well as allow the congregation to meet neighbors and find out how they can benefit them .
- Family Services Alliance of SE Idaho, Inc. (Bannock) – $5,000 to host a special event to support and lift the stories of those affected by domestic violence.
- Rumbling Garden (Bannock) – $1,900 to purchase organic vegetables, fruit plants and organic compost.
- Idaho Falls Arts Council (Bonneville) – $2,500 to support the River Concert Series, which includes free concerts at the Greenbelt Stage on the Idaho Falls River Walk every Tuesday night from mid-June through late August.
- Life, an independent living center (Bannock and Bonneville) – $1,675 to support a social gathering and networking opportunity for disability service organizations, their clients and other community members to raise awareness of services available to the disabled community. disabilities and promote strong bonds and relationships.
- New Day Products and Resources (Bannock) – $2,300 to develop a community book club in southeast Idaho.
- Activity center for seniors (Bannock) – $5,000 to provide a free community event, including a pancake breakfast, car show and social gathering.
- United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County – $5,000 for the United Way Bike Project, a community event held in elementary schools to fix school-aged children’s bikes and teach bike safety to prepare them for a safe and fun summer.
- United Way of Southeast Idaho (Bannock) – $5,000 to bring together local businesses, various volunteer groups and the community to provide household items to families in need not covered by SNAP benefits.
- Mission Valley with PWCC (Bannock) – $3,000 to support a Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center program to teach women marketable skills to prepare them for release.