Utility foundation awards grants in Columbia, Garfield counties

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Organizations in Garfield and Columbia counties received $20,000 from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The foundation awarded more than $640,000 to 161 nonprofits throughout Washington in 2010.

In Columbia County, $1,000 awards went to the Dayton Development Task Force and to the Touchet Valley Arts Council. The task force's award will help purchase equipment for a new downtown playground. The arts council will use its award to help purchase a new projector for the Liberty Theater.

Garfield County's Courthouse renovation received $10,000.

A study of mule deer received $3,000 awarded to the Mule Deer Foundation, and the Pomeroy Community Center received $1,500 towards the Seeley Theater renovation project.

Garfield County Super Citizens received $2,500 for work on the Senior Center, and $1,000 went to the Pomeroy School District after-school program.

The foundation supports community programs in environmental stewardship, education, the arts and culture, with a particular emphasis on human services. Half the grants in this round were allocated to organizations that respond to needs of vulnerable populations, according to a PSE news release.

In addition to support from the foundation, PSE makes other contributions to community endeavors, Dayton's PSE manager Anne Walsh said. Groups and events receiving local support include the Columbia County Food bank, All-Wheels Weekend, Columbia County Fair, Kiwanis, National Night Out, Dayton on Tour and the Dayton Christmas Kick-off, she said.

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