Jayne Davis (right), of the Idyllwild Community Fund, watches the Idyllwild School Youth Grantmakers decide on the 2018 awards. The decisions will be announced next month. In the back of the room on the left is faculty advisor George Companiott II. Photo by John Drake

Youth at Idyllwild Middle School are learning philanthropy with the help of the Idyllwild Community Fund. Jayne Davis of ICF is overseeing a group of about 25 students.

How it works: ICF makes grants up to $4,000. A grant request must benefit the youth of the mountain community. The limit any one grantee may receive is $1,000. This year, six potential grantees are seeking $1,000. Therefore, two grant requesters will not receive any money. Who decides who gets the grants? The 25 or so middle school students, with ICF advisers in close proximity.

The criteria that those requesting a grant must meet are:

• having the greatest number of youth that will be helped

• must be a nonprofit

• must present a budget

Those who have requested a grant are:

• The PTA to institute an afterschool theater;

• smARTS for an art program that includes money for art field trips, such as going to the McCallum Theatre;

• The Idyllwild School Booster Club for scholarships for science programs;

• Soroptimist International of Idyllwild for youth hygiene supplies for the Help Center closet;

• A music teacher to pay mentor students from Idyllwild Arts Academy for field trips to benefit young musicians; and

• Young Idyllwild Ghost Town for new costumes for ghost towns.

Grants will be awarded to recipients on March 22 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. in the music room at Idyllwild School.

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