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To see a list of grant recipients since 2011 click below

The 2019-20 small grant recipients represent services to the community including housing, home furnishings, food, baby services, beds and bedding, counseling and education: 

C.A.T.C.H. — Builds collaborative partnerships and increases public understanding to end homelessness

Learning Lab — Offers a family literacy program

Salvation Army — Provides crisis aid to help struggling individuals and families with their basic needs

City Light — Offers emergency shelter, a one-year recovery program, a transitional housing program and a special veterans program for women

WCA — Provides shelter and supportive services to individuals harmed by domestic violence and/or sexual assault

Meridian Food Bank — Responds to the growing number of people having difficulty keeping food on their tables

Sleep in Heavenly Peace — Builds bunk beds for families who cannot afford beds for their children

Idaho Diaper Bank — Organizes diaper drives, purchases diapers in bulk, and distributes diapers to nonprofit partners assisting families and babies most in need

Grants typically fund projects, not operating expenses. But with the current COVID-9 crisis, GBRF waived this restriction. Funds are unrestricted, and the organizations may use them to care for and protect people in Ada County where they will do the most good. 

December 2019:  Giraffe laugh was granted $20,000 for their new Preschool site at the Boys and Girls Club in Garden City. 

  Life's Kitchen was granted $7,500 for a new oven. 

   Both Organization help students prosper in our community.   

The STEM and Multipurpose Resource Center, at the Girl Scouts, Silver Sage Council, will provide a permanent educational space where K-12 girls will engage in fun, hands-on, extracurricular STEM learning that will increase STEM interest and knowledge.  Funding will equip, furnish, and modify 1,000 square feet to create a first-rate STEM resource center.  Once completed, the center will provide an easily accessible, permanent, safe space where girls will have the opportunities to participate in hands-on activities such as coding and programming, construction design and model building, creative and discovery-based pursuits, financial literacy and leadership skill building. 

Grants Funded in 2018/19

Boise Philharmonic           2,000

Girls on the Run                1,100

Idaho Botanical Garden   1,025

Idaho diaper Bank            1,000

Idaho Watercolor              2,500

Land Trust                          1,998

Learning Lab                      2,500

Meridian Food Bank         1,800

Salvation Army                  1,000

Sleep IHP                            2,000

Young Writers                    3,000

BSU Scholarship                3,000


Large Grants 2018-2019

Girl Scouts (STEM Room and equipment) $15,000

GC Library Foundation (Repairs to Bus) $6,500

Total 2018-2019   $44,423

From one gigantic cooker to two.  Greater Boise Rotary Foundation approved a grant to Life's Kitchen to purchase a new cooker and warming oven.  $16,600  They wasted no time in ordering the cooker and getting it hooked up and in use.  They can now double the amount being cooked at one time.  This, in turn, makes it possible for Life's Kitchen to offer more meals to customers, schedule more catering jobs, and most of all, educate students and prepare them for the world.  

Bells For Books Bus gets new paint and wrap.

     GBRF granted the Garden City Library Foundation $15,000 for new wrap and paint for the Bus.  This bus travels to area of the City where children and parents are not able to go to the Library in garden City.  The children loves the books and look forward to to bus every day that is it scheduled to be in their neighborhoods. 

Boise Watershed Exhibit

The River Campus presents an exhilarating new dimension to water education with exterior exhibits that show the big picture of our valley’s water resources. Designed by public artists, engineers and educators, the River Campus is a destination site!

GBRF is proud to have supported Boise Watershed with $17,000 toward their Exhibit. 

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