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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Nelson

2022 Record-breaking Grants

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Donors who gave through our mission appeal in 2022 are part of what makes our region stand above the rest. The Foundation awarded a record-breaking $94,000 in grants to sixteen organizations this past year. Because of donors like you, we impacted thousands of people in the Sheyenne River Valley by funding projects that serve those most in need and improve the quality of life in our area. Some examples include:

Bridges Backpack Program was awarded $5,000 to provide weekend meal kits for preschool and elementary children in the Valley City School District and to support the Hi-Liner Pantry. The Bridges Backpack Program has been helping feed hungry children for over 7 years. This summer, they gave out 4,485 pounds of food, over 1,000-weekend backpacks as well as numerous care packages to Hi-Liner families in need.

Abused Persons Outreach Center was awarded $10,000 through the Gaukler Family Foundation for direct services provided to meet the immediate needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. In 2021, they provided direct service to 152 individuals, 199 protection/restraining order services, 613 advocacy services, and 255 counseling hours. APOC is truly a community program – it simply wouldn’t exist without the support of our community.

Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway was awarded $5,000 to support the Sheyenne River Water Trail, a 199-mile water trail from the north end of Lake Ashtabula to the Sheyenne National Grassland. This project will construct 15 new sites with trails to paddle craft landings along the river, parking spaces, and landscaping. Map kiosks, bike racks, privies, paddle launches, and more amenities will enhance 19 existing sites. Recreation projects such as these provide opportunities that aid in the recruitment and retention of new residents with the potential for a significant economic impact from tourists who utilize the trail.

BIO Girls was awarded $3,165 to establish a BIO Girls program in Valley City. BIO Girls is a self-esteem building program serving girls grades 2-6. This 12-session program combines life skills, non-denominational devotions, small-group mentoring, and non-competitive physical activity. This proven curriculum equips participants with the skills necessary to combat societal pressures and recognize their inherent values.

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