Eleven local organizations have been selected to receive “Impact Grants” from the Donald & Virginia Sherwood Trust.

In its second year of the program, the Trust will present awards of $111,345 as well as another $77,500 to Rural Development Initiatives Inc. for its 2019 community leadership program, the private nonprofit announced.

The grant program — different from the Sherwood Trust’s nearly $1 million in Core Grants to be announced by early June — was created for organizations that can use smaller awards toward a big difference in community initiatives.

In particular, the announcement said, they are used for community bridge-building and in support of resilient nonprofit organizations that advance the Trust’s vision of a community that provides a sense of belonging and contributes to a thriving region.

This year, 23 organizations applied for the grants with requests between $5,000 and $20,000. Recipients were selected through a streamlined review process.

The 2019 Impact Grant Award recipient organizations are:

Blue Mountain Land Trust, $10,000, to support the Blues Crew program for regional trail cleanup

Children’s Museum of Walla Walla, $7,500, for fundraising and financial management consulting

Friends of the Fairgrounds, Columbia County, $10,000, toward facility improvements

Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance, $9,000, toward community celebrations for Cinco de Mayo and Thursday Rocks

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, $10,000, for Census 2020 outreach activities in Walla Walla County

SonBridge Community Center, $13,500, for strategic planning and a facilities plan

Sustainable Living Center, $15,000, for strategic planning

Summer Parkways, $9,535, for community celebrations, funded through its fiscal sponsor Sustainable Living Center

Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless, $8,000, for strategic planning

Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition, $7,500, for general operating support, funded through its fiscal sponsor Pioneer Methodist Church

Walla Walla Valley Bands, $11,310, for phase two feasibility study of creating a shared arts space

This is also the 15th year of Sherwood Trust’s collaboration with Rural Development Initiatives Inc. The two organizations started the community leadership program together in 2004 to provide skills-based leadership training to a cross-section of Walla Walla Valley community members.

Those interested in being considered for the 2019 cohort, which starts in September, should contact Lydia Caudill at lydia@sherwoodtrust.org to learn about the application. More information about the program and alumni is available at sherwoodtrust.org/clp

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