Fresno Regional Foundation awards over $200,000 in grants

By Katie Elwood
The Fresno Bee June 24, 2014

The Fresno Regional Foundation awarded $203,116 in grants to 12 youth organizations serving the San Joaquin Valley Tuesday evening at a reception at the Gazebo Gardens in Fresno.

This year the grant committee focused on two funding priorities: college readiness, access and attendance, and helping children up to age 8 succeed by third grade.

Five organizations received funding for college readiness: Foundation for Fresno County Public Library ($5,000), Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, Community Services Employment Training Inc., Parent Institute for Quality Education Inc. and Reedley College ($25,000 each).

Seven organizations received funding for helping children succeed by third grade: Family Services of Tulare County ($5,000), Burrel Union Elementary School District ($5,000), Boys & Girls Club of the Sequoias ($7,500), Grandma’s House ($15,000), West Fresno Health Care Coalition ($16,046), California Teaching Fellows Foundation ($24,570) and Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. ($25,000).

The funding for the 2014 cycle was made possible by the Bee Endowment Fund and the Dorothy Mitsuoka Fund for Dinuba, Reedley, and Orosi Children.

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