For 2015, the Idyllwild Community Fund has made grant awards totaling $13,700 to nine Idyllwild organizations and another $2,000 to the Idyllwild Middle School Youth Grant Makers.

The recipient agencies provide assistance to individuals within the community and support during possible emergencies, and they contribute to Idyllwild School programs and activities.

The largest award, $2,600, was granted to the Idyllwild HELP Center. The Idyllwild Soroptimists will receive $1,500 to help local, in-need women. In addition, Chapel in the Pines received funding in support of its food program.

Mountain Disaster Preparedness and the Mile High Radio Club were awarded $1,300 and $1,000 for communication programs. MDP will improve its medical team communications equipment, and MHRC will continue its expansion of the Hill-wide network.

Idyllwild School affiliate groups received a total of $7,000. This includes assistance for the smARTS program, the Booster Club, the Scholarship Fund and the Youth Grant Makers, a program now in its fourth year, that teaches Idyllwild School sixth- through eighth-grade volunteers the meaning of philanthropy and community service.

The Idyllwild Master Chorale received a $1,400 award to commission a new arrangement from composer John Rodby and support for its 40th-anniversary concert this year.

For 2015-16, the ICF Advisory Committee has taken responsibility for administering the program, with support from the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, the parent organization that manages the fund, according to ICF Advisory Chair Marshall Smith.

ICF Advisory Committee volunteers contribute, on average, 80 hours per year on ICF business. Members are recruited based on specific skill sets and are subject to a vetting process.

Current committee members are Jim Nutter, Suzanne Avalon, Larrynn Carver, Jayne Davis, Jeri Sue Haney, Kathy Harmon-Luber, Holly Guntermann, Mary Morse, Bill Sperling, Steve Taylor and Smith.

The date for the annual reception for the awardees is not currently available. ICF will announce that event in the future.

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