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Avista Foundation Awards Third Quarter Grants
Non-profits in Spokane area, Moscow, Sandpoint and St. Maries to receive funding

Spokane, Wash., October 12// -- Grants totaling $35,000 were awarded by the Avista Foundation to ten non-profit organizations in Washington and Idaho during the third quarter 2005. Organizations and/or programs selected for funding are:

. American Red Cross Inland Northwest Chapter, Spokane, Wash. - $2,500 to assist the agency in providing on-going services to the citizens of 11 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

. Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, Sandpoint, Idaho - $1,000 to assist in providing basic medical, dental and pharmaceutical care and referral to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Bonner County.

. Cancer Patient Care, Spokane, Wash. - $3,000 to assist the agency in providing social service support to cancer patients and their families who have limited financial resources.

. Community-Minded Enterprises, Spokane, Wash. - $5,000 towards Health for All, an initiative to assist uninsured and underinsured individuals in 11 eastern Washington counties to access health insurance coverage and to receive preventive/primary care.

. Friends of Seven, Spokane, Wash. - $3,000 towards technology upgrades to increase efficiency of web-based donor program.

. Northeast Community Center, Spokane, Wash. - $7,500 to support the expansion of medical services for low-income residents of northeast Spokane and to support the consolidation of youth programs offered by the Center.

. Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Wash. - $3,500 towards educational programming and exhibit underwriting for the Museum's Drawn to Yellowstone exhibition.

. Sojourners' Alliance, Moscow, Idaho, - $3,000 to support the organization's Good Tenant Program which helps homeless clients become better tenants once they leave the shelter, thereby decreasing the possibility of additional instances of homelessness in the future.

. Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels, Spokane Valley, Wash. - $1,500 to assist the organization in providing nutritious meals to elderly and disabled persons living independently in the Spokane Valley.

. St. Maries Volunteer Community Clinic, St. Maries, Idaho - $5,000 to support the Clinic in providing basic medical needs assistance to limited income residents within the St. Maries, Idaho, area.

The awarding of third quarter grants brings the total 2005 funds awarded by the Avista Foundation to $81,376, including the foundation's matching gifts program for the employees of Avista Corp. Since its founding in 2002, the Avista Foundation has awarded almost $261,000 to non-profit organizations 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

CONTACTS:

Debbie Simock

509-495-4174

debbie.simock@avistacorp.com

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