Gorge Community Foundation requests proposals for outdoor education grants

The Gorge Community Foundation announced Monday that it is accepting grant applications for projects that promote outdoor education or recreation. A total of $5,000 will be awarded from the Alpinees/Jack Baldwin Memorial Outdoor Education Fund in this grant cycle.

Schools, nonprofit agencies and government organizations serving the Columbia River Gorge are invited to apply. The deadline for submission is May 16.

In 2008, the Alpinees officially dissolved their mountain search and rescue organization. At this time, they donated the historic Alpinee Hut to establish a permanent endowment fund with the Gorge Community Foundation. According to the late Carroll Davis, who was one of the three members still paying dues, the best legacy for the Alpinees was to “get people outside.” With this objective in mind, the Alpinee Fund makes grants each year which promote outdoor education and recreation for residents of the Gorge.

Last year, six organizations received grant funding as follows:

Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute for its SECRETS program

St. Francis House of Odell for outdoor excursions

White Salmon Valley School District for expansion of GPS technology

Mt. Adams Institute for outdoor education programs

Hood River Valley High School Nordic Ski Team for trail fees

Hood River Lions Foundation for Boy Scouts High Adventure program

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This year’s grants will be awarded no later than July 31, with an application deadline of May 16. Programs that engage people in outdoor activities or study opportunities are eligible, providing that the sponsoring agency is a school, government or nonprofit organization. Grants are limited to the local Gorge area.

Complete guidelines are available for download from the Gorge Community Foundation website at gorgecf.org.

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