Wildhorse Foundation Awards 4th Quarter Grants


The Wildhorse Foundation has announced the awards for the fourth quarter of 2014. A total of $219,479.54 was awarded to 37 recipients, bringing the total for 2014 to $934,968.

More than 1,475 local and regional non-profits have benefited from the funds totaling almost $8.5 million that the Foundation has distributed in their giving area since its inception in 2001. The Wildhorse Foundation is a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) to support organizations in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

The final quarter’s largest grant was given to Umatilla County Human Services. The group received $16,000 to purchase office furnishings and medical supplies for the Family Health Center at the new Pendleton Early Learning Center, which is currently being constructed in the old Hawthorn School building. According to the grant application, the Pendleton School District has designed the facility to include a 600-square-foot health center, however the space will be unfurnished. The funds provided by the Wildhorse Foundation will provide necessary medical equipment and furnishing to operate the clinic. The hope is that the equipment will provide efficiency and normalize treatment for children and families, lessening the need for treatment at a higher level of care, including emergency room visits.

The Arc of Umatilla County received a $10,000 grant to purchase a new heating system. The Stanfield Secondary School received a grant for $10,500 to update its weight room.