“Community Foundation gives grants in Willits”

Community Foundation gives grants in Willits

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County held an awards ceremony at the Willits Community Theatre on May 2 to celebrate the awarding of grants to five Willits organizations.

The Seabiscuit Therapeutic Riding Center of Ridgewood Ranch received funding to install Americans with Disability Act- compliant bathrooms. The Willits Unified School District received funding to install protective fencing around the walkway that crosses the campus of Blosser Lane Elementary School. The walkway runs from Locust Street to Blosser Lane Street, and currently is only partially fenced. The grant will allow the district to fence in the entire walkway.

The Sherwood Band of Pomo Indians received a grant to help initiate a sustainable garden on tribal land. Nuestra Alianza

de Willits received a grant to upgrade the organization’s website. The Willits Community Theatre received a grant to assist with its upcoming Children’s Theatre summer camp, designed to teach how live theater performance can empower children through teamwork and dedication.

Although the Community Foundation awarded five grants in the Willits area, it awarded many more grants countywide in the 2018 granting cycle. According to Community Foundation CEO Megan Allende, this year the foundation awarded $158,000 in community enrichment grants given to 21 organizations, as well as $61,935 in Field of Interest grants given to 19 recipients. Altogether, the CommunityFoundation awarded $219,935 worth of grants in 2018.


Members of the Willits Community Theatre Board of Directors stand with Community Foundation staff during the awards ceremony for 2018 granting cycle. Pictured are, from left, Foundation CEO Megan Allende, WCT Board President Creek Norris, Foundation Senior Program Manager Michelle Rich, WCT Treasurer Kitty Norris, WCT board members Karen Seydel and Steve Marston, and WCT production Manager Mike A’Dair.