Twelve Coachella Valley nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive $25,000 each from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. Applications are available through September 30, 2016 for the 2017 Coachella Valley Spotlight awards. All Coachella Valley based nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations that have not previously received the Coachella Valley Spotlight are eligible to apply. Since the program began in 2008, over $2 million in grants have been awarded to more than 80 local nonprofit organizations.
The grantees will be selected by the CBS Local 2 Community Advisory Board, which includes representatives from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and members of the community. Twelve recipients are selected, and then one is recognized each month during 2017 on CBS Local 2’s Eye on the Desert, as well as in public service announcements and on the station’s website, www.cbslocal2.com.
“For eight years now, we have looked forward to this unique grant-making process,” said Catharine Reed, Program Director for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “It is wonderful to read about so many nonprofits helping a variety of needs in our area. Selecting only twelve recipients is a difficult task, but it is also rewarding, as we present a grant each month and see these organizations in action.”
Past recipients of the Coachella Valley Spotlight include organizations that support children, seniors, veterans, the homeless, uninsured and underinsured residents, people living with debilitating medical conditions, animals, education, the arts, and more.
“We are proud of the partnership with the Berger Foundation,” said Mike Stutz, General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns and operates CBS Local 2. “We all believe that the combination of both funding and media exposure helps give these organization a hand up as well as a boost in recognition, which can also perpetuate additional support.”
Coachella Valley Spotlight applications are available at www.cbslocal2.com and must be postmarked by Friday, September 30, 2016. Recipients will be notified in December. For more information call 760-773-0342.