Avista

SPOKANE - On Friday, October 15, 2021, Avista announced its third quarter grants totaling $475,500 to support economic and community vitality in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. Regionally, the LC Valley Pickleball Club (Lewiston-Clarkston) will receive a $5,000 grant, the Animal Rescue Foundation (Grangeville) will receive a $2,500 grant, and the LC Valley Youth Resource Center (Lewiston-Clarkston) will receive a $2,500 grant.

“Despite the prolonged effects of the pandemic we are encouraged to see so much resiliency in the communities across our service territory,” said Dennis Vermillion, president and CEO of Avista. “We’re pleased to stand alongside these organizations and make investments that help neighborhoods and communities thrive.”

One of the grant recipients, Spruce Root, Inc., assists people in Southeast Alaska through services that promote economic, social and cultural growth.

“This funding will help us deliver six workshops to approximately 72 entrepreneurs,” said Ashley Snookes, Program Manager for Spruce Root. “Participants will receive technical assistance and one-on-one business coaching services from the Spruce Root staff. Additionally, the grant will also support the communities relying on these businesses for goods and services in our geographically isolated region.”

All 25 organizations receiving grants are:

  1. Innovation Foundation -- WA/ID -- $150,000 ($50,000/year)
  2. United Human Services of SE Alaska -- Alaska -- $125,000 ($31,250/year)
  3. Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) -- Washington -- $69,000
  4. Bonner County Economic Development -- Idaho -- $15,000 ($5,000/year)
  5. St. Vincent De Paul of North Idaho -- Idaho -- $15,000
  6. Renewable Juneau -- Alaska -- $11,000
  7. CDAIDE -- Idaho -- $10,000
  8. Northeast Public Development Authority -- Washington -- $10,000
  9. Spokane Parks Foundation -- Washington -- $10,000
  10. Spruce Root Inc. -- Alaska -- $7,500
  11. Pioneer Human Services -- Washington -- $7,500
  12. Options for Helping Homeless Residents of Ashland -- Oregon -- $5,000
  13. Jess Roskelley Foundation -- Washington -- $5,000
  14. LC Valley Pickleball Club -- Washington -- $5,000
  15. Second Chance Ranch -- Washington -- $5,000
  16. Transitions -- Washington -- $5,000
  17. YMCA of the Inland Northwest -- Washington -- $3,000
  18. Animal Rescue Foundation -- Idaho -- $2,500
  19. City of Rogue River -- Oregon -- $2,500
  20. Walking Tall Southern Oregon -- Oregon -- $2,500
  21. Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley -- Oregon -- $2,500
  22. Spokanimal C A R E -- Washington -- $2,500
  23. LC Valley Youth Resource Center -- WA/ID -- $2,500
  24. WA-ID Volunteer Center -- WA/ID -- $2,000
  25. One Heart -- Washington -- $500

Since its establishment in 2002, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling over $12 million.