The Idaho Future Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation is providing $98,000 in grants to eight education projects in North Idaho, including several grants in Bonner and Boundary counties.
The Idaho Future Fund was established at ICF in 2015 by an anonymous couple from Blaine County. Grants from the fund are intended to create, sustain or reinvigorate impactful educational programs throughout the state in the areas of preschool scholarships, charter schools, public schools/public school libraries and supplemental educational programs.
Recipients of Idaho Future Fund grants in the north are:
• Lee Pesky Learning Center – $9,000 to mentor and coach early childhood and first-grade educators in evidence-based literacy practices to enable them to help young children become ready to read in the West Bonner School District (Priest Lake) and feeder preschools.
• North Idaho High School Aerospace Program – $5,000 to provide hands-on technical and STEM training, career pathways exposure, and positive, meaningful personal/industry/community relationships for students which otherwise are not available in schools or communities.
• University of Idaho Extension, Boundary County – $10,500 to provide healthy snacks, equipment, and supplies including curriculum, art supplies, craft materials, educational games and personnel.
• Growing the STEM – $10,800 to plant new after-school math education programs, each serving at-risk students in a safe, fun and relationship-based program that will also engage youth as math coaches in a role that develops leadership and community impact skills.
• United Way of Kootenai County, Inc. – $13,700 to invest in early care and education infrastructure – facilities and personnel – to increase the number of quality child care spots available to north Idaho families, and create family scholarships to “step down” from state assistance.
Clearwater County Ambulance – $17,800 to provide education, training and licensing in Emergency Medical Service for high school juniors and seniors for a 12-month period.
Framing Our Community, Inc. – $12,100 to purchase equipment and supplies to prepare rural youth for advanced education and future opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
• Kendrick Junior-Senior High School – $19,100 to provide equipment and materials for adult class about 3D printing and school 3D projects, an observation beehive for the KHS science class and a school beehives/fundraising projects.
For more than 30 years, the Idaho Community Foundation has used the power of collective giving to improve lives and enrich communities in Idaho.