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First Federal Foundation Donates Over $60,000 to Local Non-Profits


First Federal Foundation Donates Over $60,000 to Local Non-Profits

16 organizations to receive funding to support community projects and assistance.

The First Federal Foundation announced today that it will be contributing $62,215 to 16 organizations and charities located throughout the Magic and Treasure Valleys. Each year, the Foundation offers two grant application periods, one in the summer and one in the winter. The funding provided during this most recent application period marks the largest amount ever. In addition, total contributions made by the Foundation, since its inception in 2003, have now surpassed $1.3 million. “The Foundation’s impact on our local communities and, Idaho overall, has been really rewarding to see,” stated Jason A. Meyerhoeffer, President and CEO of First Federal Bank. “We are proud of the Foundation’s work and its role in helping to further the Bank’s community-centric mindset and approach.”

The Foundation also received a record number of funding requests during this application period. Foundation grants are awarded for a variety of community projects, enhancements, and assistance initiatives. Criteria for selecting recipients include whether it is a capital project, community impact potential, any humanitarian consideration, if matching funds have been obtained, the project plan and timeline, the overall budget, and background or project objectives. “We enjoyed the opportunity to review so many worthy applications,” said Lori Ward, President of the First Federal Foundation Board. “The selection process was difficult because of the outstanding work each of these organizations do on behalf of our community. We look forward to continuing to fund requests and, hopefully even more in the future.”

2023 Summer Grant Recipients are listed below, including a brief description of their project/need.

Organization Project
Rise Charter School Vaping deterrent support
Blanket Blessings Material for baby blankets
Wilbur C Hall American Legion Post 77 Furnace for meeting hall
Murtaugh School District Picnic tables for outdoor area
Jerome Little Tigers Commercial washer and dryer
Magic Valley Humanitarian Center Electrical upgrades
Jerome Senior Center Chairs and window blinds for dining room and activities area
Twin Falls Historical Society Chairs and window blinds for lecture hall
Cassia County School District Smartboard for special education department
Buhl High School Softball Protective netting and batting cage upgrades
Sage Women’s Center Flooring for the ultrasound room
Buhl Rotary Club Picnic tables for city park
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Materials to construct beds
Treasure Valley Children’s Theater Mirrors and storage
Hagerman Bike Trail Drinking fountain and charging station
Magic Valley Symphony Chairs

Awarding of winter grants will take place near the end of 2023, with the application period beginning on October 1. Visit to learn more about the Foundation as well as details on how to complete a funding application.