Native American youth attend a Traditional Ecological Knowledge Camp this past summer thanks to a grant from the Common Good Foundation to the Roundhouse Council in Greenville. Photo submitted

Common Good Foundation announces grant recipients

Music, playgrounds, Native American traditions and life planning were the focus of the grants recently awarded to local Plumas County organizations.

“The grant requests were very diverse in this funding cycle, both in focus and geographical location,” stated Colleen McKeown, founder and president of the foundation.“One of our goals has always been to fund diverse programs throughout Plumas County and we accomplished that in our recent funding cycle.”

One of the organizations funded was the Chester Community Chorus.The 38-member chorus has been providing music education and enjoyment in the Lake Almanor Basin and outlying communities since 1987.

According to Marlyne Selk, a member and treasurer of the chorus, the Common Good grant will assist them in continuing to provide choral entertainment throughout Plumas County.  

The Roundhouse Council in Greenville also received a grant from the Common Good Foundation last month.The grant provided 10 scholarships for Native American youth to attend a Traditional Ecological Knowledge Camp this summer.These camps help bridge relationships between elders and youth, sustain and preserve cultural activities, and develop mentoring relationships between adults, teens and children.

Two additional local organizations also received funding. They were the Indian Valley Parks and Recreation District in Greenville and the 1Life Fully Lived program based out of Portola.  

The Common Good Community Foundation celebrated its sixth anniversary in March.To date, the foundation has invested more than $100,000 in local organizations and communities.

“As we look to the future, our goal is to continue to invest in the many worthwhile programs and organizations within Plumas County,”said board member Jeanne Fagliano.

The foundation will again be accepting applications for grants in November 2018, with awards to be made in December.All local nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply. Refer to the Common Good’s website at commongoodplumas.org for instructions and forms. 

The Common Good Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and, as such, all donations are fully tax deductible.Donations can be made on the foundation’s website at commongoodplumas.org.