It was a leaner granting year for Blue Mountain Community Foundation, said executive director Lawson Knight.
Even so, the foundation handed out more than $200,000 at its annual meeting Thursday night, which coincided with the agency's 25th anniversary.
At the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, president Peter Harvey gave the yearly report and ushered out retiring trustees Jim Hobkirk, Jane Kreitzberg and Ellen Wolf, each of whom served on the board nine years and took a turn as president.
Knight announced 55 grant winners, to organizations across the region, such as for the restoration and preservation of the Seely Theatre and Opera House in Pomeroy.
The largest grants went to support basic human needs, particularly in the area of homelessness and homelessness prevention.
The foundation started in 1984 with the goal of helping local donors contribute to the health of area communities by financial support of the causes they care about. The agency has grown to more than 250 funds totalling more than $25 million in assets, of which more than $1 million is granted out each year.
For 2009, grants from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation are as follows: