$57K in HAF+WRCF grants support summer programs serving 10,000 children in Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt

Summer programs and projects serving approximately 10,414 youth across Humboldt, Del Norte and Curry counties have received grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 through The Summer Youth Partnership grant program.

The collaborative program is supported by the Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation (HAF+WRCF), the Mel & Grace McLean Foundation, The Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Foundation, Providence’s Community Health Investment, and the Community Assistance League Community Health Fund.

A total of $57,363 in grants were distributed to 41 charitable organizations and projects that, from June 1 to Sept. 1, provide youth in the region with quality educational and outdoor activities, artistic and recreational programs, and scholarships to ensure all youth in the region can participate in healthy, engaging summer activities. (See full list of grantees below.)

Speaking at a recent reception for grant recipients, Gina Zottola, HAF+WRCF’s Vice President of Advancement and Philanthropic Innovation, said, “My heart is full because of all your hard work, and our foundation is here to support you and celebrate your efforts to create wonderful opportunities for our youth.”

Meredith Knowles, HAF+WRCF’s Director of Grantmaking, said the collaborative grant program enables organizations to provide youth with essential opportunities and resources, helping them to develop skills, build confidence and thrive among their peers.

“We’re eager to see how this year’s recipients will inspire and elevate the next generation, creating lasting impacts on their community and beyond,” Knowles said.

Grant examples:

Grants distributed in Humboldt County include: Eureka Community Services for a variety of summer camp programs and classes that promote self-esteem and increase leadership roles for youth; Ink People Center for the Arts for programs that provide free access to mentors and facilities for students pursing arts education; and Playhouse Arts for a series of acting workshops for at-risk youth.

In Curry County, grants were distributed to Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers, Inc. to provide healthy meals and snacks to thousands of children; the Port Orford Public Library Foundation for a free summer reading program focused on reusing and recycling; and the Safety City program that teaches children about gun safety, crossing intersections, water, fire and other safety fundamentals.

In Del Norte County, grants were distributed to the NCIDC – Del Norte Indian Education Center which offers cultural enrichment activities and academics to native youth; Friends of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for its water safety program; and Open Door Community Health Center for its youth wellness and gardening program.

In Trinity County, HAF-WRCF distributed nine grants totaling $5,450 via its Trinity County Summer Youth Program through the Trinity Trust. 

For more information about grant opportunities, visit www.hafoundation.org/apply or call 707-267-9916.

2024 Grant recipients: 

Del Norte County 

Boys & Girls Club of the Yurok Tribe 

California Tribal TANF Partnership 

CASA of Del Norte 

Crescent City Downtown Divas 

DNATL Community Food Council 

Friends of the Coast Guard Auxiliary 

Hmong Association of Crescent City 

Hmong Cultural Center of Del Norte County 

DCIDC – Del Norte Indian Health Center 

Curry County: 

Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers, Inc. 

Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club 

Curry County Juvenile Department 

Gold Beach Rotary Foundation 

Port Orford Public Library Foundation 

Safety City (Brookings Police Department) 

South Coast Community Aquatics, Inc. 

Wild Rivers Coast Foundation for Dance 

Humboldt County: 

Playhouse Arts 

Blue Lake Parks and Recreation 

Westside Community Improvement Association 

Mid Klamath Watershed Council 

Dream Quest Willow Creek Youth Partneship 

4-H Trail 

Lost Coast Camp 

Redwood Discovery Museum 

City of Arcata Recreation 

Hydesville Elementary School 

City of Fortuna 

Mattole Valley Resource Center 

Arcata Community Pool/North Humboldt Recreation & Park District 

Southern Humboldt FRC 

County of Humboldt, Library 

CUMBRE Humboldt 

Recycled Youth 

North Quest Star Camp 

Friends of the Lost Coast 

Dance Scene Studio 

Ink People Centers for the Arts 

Eureka Community Services – Recreation Division 

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