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Wildhorse Foundation awards grants to five Valley area organizations

Sep 01, 2023Sep 01, 2023

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Damage from a fire is visible Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, through the front window of the Long Branch Cafe & Saloon in Weston, Oregon. The saloon received grant funding from the Wildhorse Foundation to finish repairs and restoration.

The Wildhorse Foundation — a community fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation — granted more than $346,000 to 26 recipients, five of which are in the Walla Walla area.

In total, 45 applications were submitted for the second quarter of the 2023 grant award cycle with requests totaling $825,000.

YWCA Walla Walla received $30,000 towards the Columbia County Childcare Startup, a project that has been funded by other area organizations such as Sherwood Trust and Columbia REA.

YWCA Walla Walla in partnership with Columbia County Health System, YWCA's My Friends' House and Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition have been working to make child care more accessible and affordable for residents in Columbia County.

The Weston Area Development Association received $30,000 for the historic Longbranch Cafe and Saloon and old Post Office Revitalization Project. The Long Branch Cafe caught fire in September 2021 and suffered smoke damage. Additionally, the bricks need to be replaced and the roof replacement on the bar side of the building needs to be finished.

The Old Post Office, circa about 1885, has gone through several projects including structural rehabilitation, brick work and a new roof. The Daryl Clifton Estate currently owns the building and has been working to restore it.

Additionally, the City of Weston Parks & Recreation Commission received $20,000 for park upgrades.

The City of College Place Police Department received a grant award totaling $14,999 for a thermal drone.

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation was awarded $10,000 for park security cameras.

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