Submitted by Angie Pilgrim, SCVF

HUDSON, WI – The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) is honored to announce the recipients of our most recent competitive grant program.  This spring, the St. Croix Valley Foundation awarded $33,750 to 17 nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin and Minnesota through its Health and Wellness Competitive Grant Program.  Funded projects range from providing healthy food to 25 food pantries to a unique trail challenge utilizing the beautiful and scenic trails in the St. Croix River Valley – from providing heart rate monitors to students in PE class, to expanding the community garden for youth in residential mental health treatment. 

“The present focus of the Health and Wellness grant program is combating childhood obesity” remarked Dr. David Palmer, Chair of the Health and Wellness Grant Panel.  Funds are available for eligible schools and nonprofit organizations in Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin and Chisago and Washington counties in Minnesota.

“All six county public health departments in our service area consider obesity as one of their top health priorities,” said Palmer.  “They point to the many changes that contribute to a sedentary indoor lifestyle and limited opportunities for healthy eating or outdoor physical activity.”

“The current goal of the Health and Wellness Grant Program is to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by exploring the interactions between physical activity, healthy eating and the rich, natural resources the St. Croix region has to offer -- its parks, farms, gardens, open spaces, forests, trails, lakes and rivers,” he said.

The SCVF provides donors with the opportunity to create or add to our Valley Impact Funds for causes that are closest to their hearts.  The Foundation has funds addressing a variety of causes including health and wellness, the arts, music education, the environment, and animals.  The advantage of these funds is their mission is unchanging, yet they remain current and flexible.

We cannot guess tomorrow’s issues or know which organizations can best address those issues at that time.  However, through our Valley Impact Funds and our competitive grants programs, the SCVF places grant dollars in the most capable hands at the right time, in perpetuity. 

“The St. Croix River region continues to benefit from generous donors who want to give back to improve their communities” commented SCVF Board Member, Matt Thueson.  “It is an honor to see our donors’ wishes spring to life each year through these grants.” 

Health and Wellness Grants Awarded 2019 - A list of grant recipients in St. Croix County follows: Family Resource Center St Croix Valley - Farm Plant & Pick Field Trip, $1,000.00. Five Loaves Food & Clothing Center - Happy Kids Backpack Produce Voucher, $600.00. Friends Of Willow River & Kinnickinnic State Parks - Active and Healthy Kids in the Outdoors, $1,000.00. Lakeview Memorial Hospital Foundation - PowerUp TRYathlon Tracker, $4,000.00. United Way St Croix Valley - Fighting Hunger & Nourishing Children, $4,000.00.

The mission of the St. Croix Valley Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley by encouraging charitable giving and connecting people and programs.

For more information, please contact Angie Pilgrim at apilgrim@scvfoundation.org or 715.386.9490.