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MCF Grant Awards

Since its inception, the Martinez Community Foundation has awarded more than $509,000 in grants to more than 60 local nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that fall within the foundations five areas of interest – cultural and community celebrations, community services, economic development, education and the environment.

Among the projects and programs that have received funding:

  John Muir Association received grants to assist in putting on its annual John Muir Birthday/Earth Day Celebration
  A grant was awarded for a joint project of John Swett, John Muir, Las Juntas, and Morello Park elementary schools to purchase new computer equipment to continue technology education in the computer labs and classrooms, beginning at the kindergarten level
  Martinez Community Academy, an educational and vocational program for young adults, received a grant to purchase a reading program to teach basic reading to nonreaders and individuals with learning disabilities
  Martinez Opera received a grant to assist in funding ongoing programs in the city of Martinez including operatic productions with orchestra, non-traditional outreach and community performances in schools and for seniors
  Alhambra High School purchased graphing calculators for use by math students who are financially unable to purchase their own calculators
  Friends of the Martinez Library received a grant to purchase a new and more visible sign for the library
  Briones School’s “Green Walls in Our Schools” project was assisted with the purchase of equipment and plant materials to enable students to learn about horticulture, green energy and basic engineering skills
  Sons of Italy received a grant for the purchase of materials in the restoration of the “Joltin Joe,” given to Martinez native Joe DiMaggio by his fans and eventually donated to the city
  The Martinez Women’s Club, working with the Martinez Police Department, received funds to sponsor a child car seat safety program
  Lights and supplies were purchased with a grant to the City of Martinez Recreation and Parks Department for the Holiday Frolic and Light Parade
  Martinez Community Chorus, which presents free concerts throughout the year and entertains at convalescent homes, retirement homes, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and other events, was able to purchase risers
  A grant assisted the Martinez Police Department in establishing a Bicycle Patrol Program to assist in putting on bicycle safety demonstrations, and expand the department’s Community Policing Program
  Briones Environmental Studies Academy received funds to assist in the research, image preparation, design and execution of the “John Muir Mural” near the John Muir National Historic Site
  Martinez Historical Society received funds to paint the Borman House, assist in the publication of a book to raise funds to continue its work, and to publish the 2010 Historic Homes Tour program guide
  Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano was awarded grants for food distribution programs in Martinez
  John Muir Land Trust was given a grant to assist with its garden project



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