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Wildhorse Foundation's quarterly grants hits record amount


March 16, 2023

Foundation Administrator Mary Liberty-Traughber

PENDLETON – The Wildhorse Foundation, a community fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), announced their grant awards for the fourth quarter of 2022.

The total awarded was $390,992, marking a Wildhorse Foundation record for a quarter. Twenty-nine organizations received grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000 for projects in Public Health, Public Safety, Arts, Education, and Cultural Activities.

In addition, the Fund approved two Rapid Response Grants for $1000 each. These grants cannot exceed $1000 and can be submitted and reviewed anytime for a quicker turnaround.

"We were happy to see an increase in the number of applications for the quarter," said Foundation Administrator Mary Liberty-Traughber. "Applicant numbers really dropped in 2021, but we've been working hard at outreach, and it appears to be helping."

Established in 2001, the Wildhorse Foundation has, in total, awarded over $18 million in grant funding to eligible government, Tribal, and charitable organizations.

Below are organizations from Walla Walla County that were included in the fourth quarter of 2022 awards:

• Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla, for $20,000.

• Gesa Power House, Walla Walla, for $20,000.

• The Little Theatre of Walla Walla, Walla Walla, for $9,200

• United Way of the Blue Mountains (Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Walla Walla for $20,000

• Walla Walla Choral Society, Walla Walla, for $2,500

• Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Walla Walla, for $10,000

• YMCA, Walla Walla, for $6,095


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