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LaCrosse Community Pride receives $1,000 grant from the Avista Foundation
Avista Foundation announces a single round of grants totaling $81,500 for 2015

Aug. 5, 2015: The economic and cultural vitality of LaCrosse, Wash., is another step closer to sustainability. Seeing the community’s diminishing businesses and resources – including a 30-minute drive for groceries -- a group of civic leaders created LaCrosse Community Pride six years ago, and today it has spurred the redevelopment of buildings and resources in the small Palouse community. The Avista Foundation is proud to be a supporter once again of this development effort through a grant of $1,000.
“We are very pleased that Avista has once more stepped up to help in our redevelopment efforts. Our community now has a bank, grocery store,  library, office space for businesses, and a community center, “ said Jeff Andrus, president of LaCrosse Community Pride. “Looking forward, we anticipate other projects to help grow and strengthen our community.”
“We believe one of the important elements of a healthy community is to create sustainable economic vitality. Avista is proud to support the work being done by LaCrosse Community Pride and the volunteers who are working to enhance the value their community offers to the residents who live there,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista’s Palouse-area regional business manager.

Avista Foundation grants announced



The Avista Foundation will make just one distribution of grants in 2015. During this round, grant awards totaled $81,500 for programs in human care services, education, and economic and community vitality in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and in Juneau, Alaska, where Avista Corp. owns Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.






Kootenai Health Foundation
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
IMAGINE, the capital campaign for Kootenai Health – expansion of Kootenai Health facilities
The Idaho Foodbank
Lewiston, Idaho
A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families – new warehouse and demonstration kitchen for north central Idaho
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, Wash.
Program support




Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Facility upgrade projects, including demonstration kitchen, boiler and roof
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau, Alaska
Education and community outreach programs
Christ Kitchen
Spokane, Wash.
Mobile Food Truck – job training program
Gizmo Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Community Robotics Lab
Juneau Symphony
Juneau, Alaska
Youth Music Education Program
Josephine Community Libraries
Grants Pass, Ore.
21st Century Children’s Library
Northeast Community Center
Spokane, Wash.
Playground Structure serving Head Start and Early Head Start Students
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho Revitalization Project
LaCrosse Community Pride
Support for facility and programs enhancing economic and cultural vitality in LaCrosse Wash.

About Avista Foundation



The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. Since its founding, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. 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, and
·         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 is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities or AEL&P customers through rates.

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