Recent Grants

Below is a list of some of the Foundation's most recent grant recipients.

The Ocotillo Wind Education Fund and Ocotillo Wind Imperial Valley Fund grant programs are offered annually. We are not currently accepting any grant proposals at this time. Grant cycles will be announced in November 2015.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley - $6,000

To implement Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Summer Brain Gain: Read! Program. It is a 12-week literacy program that strives to target summer learning loss among Club members.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Imperial County - $10,000

To implement and expand the CASA Educational Mentor Program to improve the life and educational outcomes of foster children of Imperial County.

CUHS Robotics - $4,000

To build a life-size working robot that resembles Wall-E. The purpose is to get Imperial Valley students excited about learning engineering & robotics.

Imperial Valley Desert Museum - $5,000

This program creates a new collaboration between two extracurricular-focused institutions that reinforce in-class learning: Seeley Unified School District, the IVDM and the Rainforest Art Project will coordinate a STEAM-based program combining school learning objectives for 3-8th grades, the IVDM's Desert Biome field trip curriculum, and the Rainforest Art Project's mosaic art program.


Cancer Resource Center of the Desert - $5,000

CRCD's project that augments Patient Navigation services through a clothing line called CRCD Survivorwear. CRCD Survivorwear is designed to ease the suffering of cancer patients dealing with the effects of the cancer diagnosis, surgery, and side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

El Centro Police Activities League (PAL) - $3,000

To assist youth in increasing their academic achievements by implementing a tutoring program at the El Centro PAL computer lab and homework room. This program will again continue for the school year and will focus on math and english subject tutoring. The program will be free to all students who attend.

Emilio Nares Foundation - $8,000

The Emilio Nares Foundation's "Ride with Emilio" is a transportation program offering for the first-time ever in Imperial Valley for low-income, underprivileged families whose children have cancer. RWE will take families for free to and from their cancer treatment appointments in San Diego, primarily Rady Children's Hospital.

Friends of the El Centro Community Services Foundation - $1,000

This project will create a "Press Your Way to a 5K" Run/Walk program that will be based out of the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sports Pavilion in El Centro. The program will serve all residents and visitors in the Imperial Valley, and will workin in conjunction with the "Valley Challenge" for all cities and areas of Imperial County.

Imperial Valley Velo Club - $4,000

IV Velo Club will refurbish and purchase bikes, and working with local social service agencies, give those bikes along with helmets, locks, and reflective leg bands to worth youth. The money will also enagle a local high school level cycling club to register a number of riders for cycling events throughout the year.

Sister Evelyn Mourey Center - $4,000

To implement Basic Financial Literacy into the SEMC's "Seguir Creciendo Program" by outreaching and developing a partnership with a local financial institution to provide on-site workshops to the LMI community of the Imperial Valley.


California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation - $3,000

The grant will assist the CAMWF Heritage Foundation and the California Mid-Winter Fair in upgrading the kitchen facilities of the Hulsienda building at the fairgrounds in order to fully assist with the CAMWF’s role as an Emergency Command Center to support emergency response teams, and to provide the fairgrounds with improved facilities which may enhance the fair’s rental revenue and long-term sustainability.