The Idyllwild Community Fund held a reception at The Red Kettle Thursday night, Oct. 18, to present grant checks to eight different local nonprofit organizations. Here, Nancy Jones (left), president of the Idyllwild School Booster Club, accepts a $1,750 check from ICF board member Carol Mendoza. Among the other local recipients were the Forest Folk and the Idyllwild School smARTS program. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Last week, during its reception at the Red Kettle, the Idyllwild Community Fund announced the organizations to whom it has awarded grants for 2018.

This year the grant awards totaled more than $15,000.

The largest check went to the Idyllwild School smARTs program. The $3,250 will enable the program to purchase more art supplies. The Help Center was awarded $3,000 to help fund its utility assistance program.

One new recipient, as the result of the Cranston Fire, is the Southern California Mountains Foundation. Its gift will go toward purchase of materials to repair and to renovate the Tahquitz Fire Lookout Tower, damaged during the fire.

Other awardees include Forest Folk, Idyllwild School Booster Club, the Idyllwild Soroptomists, Idyllwild Scholarship Fund and the Woodies of the Mountain Community Fire Safe Council.

The Cranston Fire caused a lot of damage and the recovery process can be slow. ICF President Shannon Ng also shared, “In response to this need, the Idyllwild Community Fund with the Community Foundation [of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties] looked for a way to help in the recovery process. On our behalf, The Community Foundation accepted donations and matched those donations up to $10,000 to help local residents hardest hit.

“We would like to invite your nonprofits, who have programs planned or in place to directly assist those residents, to consider applying for the funds collected through this campaign,” she said. Guidelines and deadlines for applying will be announced shortly, Ng added.