During its first grant cycle, the Stibnite Foundation awarded $50,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations from communities across the West Central Mountains.
Cascade Medical Center | Funding was used to purchase a new hematology analyzer. The machine allows the staff to continue to have rapid access to blood test results from its own lab. This information can determine if patients are suffering from infections, anemia or low platelet counts, which can help determine the appropriate course of treatment.
City of Cascade | Grant money was used to pave half a mile of the Strand Trail, a popular walking trail in town. Paving this section will connect the path with another paved mile of trail, make the trail accessible year-round and safer for visitors and elderly residents by removing the path’s existing ruts.
City of New Meadows | The grant was used to purchase equipment to host public meetings online. During the pandemic, the city realized the shortfalls of its current systems and the need to make it possible for its citizens to meaningfully participate in local government from the comfort and safety of their own home.
Council Elementary School | The grant helped fund the Beyond the Mountain’s Project, which replaced the library’s worn books with new books that could give students a peek into what life is like outside their own community.
Courageous Kids Climbing | The organization provides children and adults with special needs opportunities to experience climbing, ice skating and other activities to help them improve their focus and problem-solving skills. The organization received money to purchase skate trainers to help more individuals safely find their balance during its annual ice skating event.
Donnelly Food Pantry | Grant money was used to purchase fresh eggs and milk each week to ensure the roughly 600 to 1,000 clients had a steady supply of nutritious staples.
Donnelly Public Library District | The library purchased four new computers with its grant to provide its patrons with improved connectivity and services. The computers even gave community members access to 3D printing and coding programs. The computers were also key in helping people submit job applications, file taxes and complete other important documents.
Friends of the Council Valley Free Library | The grant was used to purchase a new computer for the library and update sidewalks to the library to increase public safety. The library offers free computer access, Internet, copiers and printers to community members. The new computer helped expand those services.
McCall Winter Sports Club | Grant funds were used to purchase more gates and panels for its young skiers. The extra equipment helped make it easier for all the athletes to properly train at the same time.
Meadows Valley Public Library | Money from the Stibnite Foundation was used to fund a survey to determine what improvements need to be made to make the library more accessible for everyone in the community. The survey revealed the need for doors that open automatically and improvements to the parking lot.
Meadows Valley School District | Funding was used to develop hands on learning opportunities for elementary-age students using the community’s greenhouse and pollinator garden. The school district hopes the curriculum will inspire learning through place-based curriculum.
Salmon River Senior Center | The grant, along with several generous anonymous donors, allowed the group to pay off the loan on its 15-passgenger van, which is critical to getting elderly community members to their doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy and grocery store.
Shepherd’s Home | Funding from the Stibnite Foundation was used to help update and Shepherd’s Home’s kitchen by purchasing new cabinets and countertops. When the community heard of the work being done, others got involved and allowed for a total overhaul of the space. It has become a happy place for the children the organization serves and a place where they can learn how to prepare their own nutritious meals.
Yellow Pine Area Coalition | Money from the foundation was used to purchase a storage shed for the Community Hall, which hosts more than 2,000 people at various events throughout the year. The shed allowed extra supplies to be stored outside of the Community Hall and gave residents more room for their gatherings.