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Avista Foundation Awards First Quarter Grants
Nine organizations in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon receive funds for project support

Spokane, Wash., April 6// -- Nine non-profit organizations serving citizens in the three states served by Avista Utilities, plus Sanders County, Mont., were recipients of first quarter 2006 awards from the Avista Foundation totaling $20,000. Included were awards to 12 non-profit organizations in support of the foundation's matching gifts program for the employees of Avista.

"Programs receiving awards in the first quarter demonstrate the range of services provided by community organizations throughout our region that are creatively working to better the lives of the individuals they serve," said Anne Marie Axworthy, president of the Avista Foundation. "Plus, Avista employees generously continue to share their time, talents and treasures to benefit others in our communities."

Organizations awarded grants are:
. Anna Ogden Hall, Spokane, Wash. - $2,000 toward purchase of replacement outdoor play equipment for children and mothers receiving services and care from Anna Ogden Hall.

. Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, Spokane, Wash., - $3,000 for support of the Eastern Washington Regional Science Olympiad for middle school and high school students.

. Community Health Center, Medford, Ore. - $1,000 toward providing preventative health care services for children and adolescents.

. Dr. Frank R. Burroughs Home and Depot Museum, Ritzville, Wash. - $2,000 toward the renovation of the Ritzville Railroad Depot.

. Families in Partnership, Inc., Libby, Mont. - $2,000 for the Family Resource Center in Noxon, Mont., to provide outreach, support and educational services to families.

. FISH of Roseburg, Roseburg, Ore. - $2,000 toward the purchase of a walk-in freezer for a new emergency food pantry facility serving low-income families and individuals.

. Idaho Community Action Network, Boise, Idaho - $2,500 for the Self-Help Food Program in the communities of Orofino, Nezperce, Weippe and Kooskia to assist in addressing the food needs of low-income citizens of those communities.

. Our Place Community Ministries, Spokane, Wash. - $1,000 for general support of the organization which provides assistance to low-income citizens of the West Central area of Spokane.

. Spokane Valley Arts Council, Spokane Valley, Wash. - $2,500 toward the establishment of the Spokane Valley Arts Council.

The Avista Foundation focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Mont. The Foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:

. education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships

. vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty

. economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.

Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities ratepayers.

CONTACTS:

Debbie Simock

509-495-4174

debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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