The San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation awarded more than $37,500 in grants to 40 area nonprofit organizations this year.
The grants were presented during the club's annual grants breakfast ceremony, held May 22 at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo. Representatives of the recipient organizations made brief presentations on the programs that the Kiwanis grants would support.
This year, grant amounts ranged from $300 to $2,500, including a $2,500 grant to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation for distribution to worthy school projects identified by the education foundation.
First-time grant recipients included CARE Parent Network - Contra Costa ARC, Center for Human Development, Diablo Valley Quilters, National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program, School of Imagination and Happy Talkers, and the Trinity Center Homeless Dental Program.
Other recipients were Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Assistance Leagues of Amador Valley and Diablo Valley, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Camp Camelot, Cancer Support Community, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Discovery Counseling Center of SRV and Down Syndrome Connection.
Grants were also awarded to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Hope Hospice, Inc., Hospice of the East Bay, Kiwanis Family House, Loaves & Fishes, Moment by Moment, Monument Crisis Center, Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Nayeli Faith Foundation, Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes, St. Timothy's Bicycle Program and San Ramon Historic Foundation.
Other grant recipients were San Ramon Library Foundation, Senior Helpline Services, Shelter Inc. of CCC, SonRise Equestrian Foundation, STAND! For Families Free of Violence, The Lucille Glass Mauzy Foundation, The Taylor Family Foundation, Tri-Valley Haven for Women and We Care Services for Children.
The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has awarded nearly $650,000 through its grants program since 1998.
Funds for the effort are raised by the local Kiwanis foundation, primarily through the solicitation of sponsorships of the Kiwanis Fourth of July Parade in Danville, which the club has organized since 1975.
Grant applications are solicited in February of each year and awarded in May, with an additional several thousand dollars held in reserve to provide emergency grants and fund Kiwanis community projects throughout the year.