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YMCA School Day Plus Program Awarded $20,000
December 2020


Description: a State of Idaho and local municipality licensed childcare program, currently offering flexible, in-person childcare and online learning support for 550 school-age children at eight locations across the Treasure Valley


Use of funds:  provide Financial Assistance at one SDP site in Ada County from January-May 2021

Note: No school district in our service area currently has plans to return to full time in person learning in 2020, and the selection of all remote learning for the spring semester continues to increase. We anticipate without a major shift to in-person learning, the SDP program will be a necessary compliment to traditional learning models for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

“Taking Root” – Rapid Rehousing Program Awarded $10,000

December 2020


Description: rehouses families with children experiencing homelessness in Ada and Canyon using a Housing First approach


Use of funds: provide 10 single mothers experiencing homelessness and their 30 children with the funding necessary to secure safe and stable permanent housing


Note: There has been a significant increase in the need for this program. There are approximately 250 families on the waitlist for assistance. Historically, there were 150 families on the waitlist during this time of year.


In addition, the federal eviction moratorium due to COVID-19 is scheduled to end Dec 31st of this year. As such, CATCH anticipates the need for assistance with housing will increase significantly in the new year.

To see a list of grant recipients since 2011 click below

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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.