Valley organizations receive grant funding


EL CENTRO, CA – The Imperial Valley Community Foundation announced the grantees of its 2017 Ocotillo Wind Education Fund grant program. A total of $25,000 was approved for funding to support the following organizations and their programs:

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was given $8,100 to support the implementation of systems change to enhance and improve the efforts concerning the child development of foster children to five years of age.

The Imperial County Film Commission received $5,000 to provide educational opportunities via career path workshops centered around film and the performing arts as part of an enhancement to the Imperial County Film Festival.

Five thousand dollars will go to the Imperial Regional Alliance to expand and develop IRA’s internship-to-career program, “Route to Employability” – a sustainable strategy to eliminate the “experience gap,” allowing students/graduates to increase their chances of employment.

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum will get $2,900 for more opportunities to engage underserved youth through IVDM’s “Desert in a Tool Box” – the second phase of IVDM’s “History on the Go!” project to help introduce and teach local history to students.

To help support a mentoring program and conference for young ladies in foster care, the Soroptimist International of El Centro will receive $4,000 to encourage ladies to achieve their personal, educational, and vocational goals.