Grant Applications Now Available for Educational Programs Serving Children, Adults and Seniors in the Crescenta-Canada Valley

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Verdugos have announced that

The Mary Pinola/Crescenta Valley Chamber Education Fund is accepting applications to support educational projects that enhance on-going programs with new resources, equipment, technology, facilities, modernization, upgrades, or initiate new programs. Grant applications range from $500 to $5,000 for on-going, leadership and/or special needs educational programs. Grants of $3,000+ must be matched.

New this year is a Strategic Initiative Grant, an opportunity to apply for up to $15,000 for an educational innovation. Two or more non-profit organizations are invited to pool their resources, collaborate and propose educational change with potential widespread application in the Crescenta-Canada community as well as others.

“Our goal is to spark innovative thinking, bringing our community leaders together to make the most of our resources,” noted Chris Waldheim, member of the Fund’s Board of Advisors. “The key words in this new grant opportunity are Strategic Initiative. Sometimes people just need $100 to try something new and sometimes it takes a wild brainstorming session for people to realize that we have the ability to be more responsive. Speaking for the members of our Education Fund Board of Advisors, we want to encourage everyone to not only think outside the box – forget about boxes and the way it has always been done. Give us your best ideas and we will do our best to make it happen!”

Applications are available online at and and are due by Friday, October 19 via email only. Organizations must be non-profit, tax exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and providing educational programs to residents of the Crescenta-Canada Valley. This includes La Canada, La Crescenta, parts of Glendale, Montrose and Tujunga. Parent organizations located outside but delivering educational programs in this area or to residents of this area are eligible.

For more information, contact Edna Karinski, CEO of the Community Foundation of the Verdugos (818.241.8040) or Jean Maluccio of the Crescenta Valley Chamber (818.248.4957) Members of the Board of Advisors include: Rick Dinger, Jo Loomis, Jean Maluccio, Roberta Parker, Mary Pinola, Julia Rabago, Teri Rice, Renee Riendeau, Patty Steur, Eleanor Wacker, and Chris Waldheim.

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