The Hermiston Senior Center recently received $20,000 from the Wildhorse Foundation — the maximum grant amount awarded by the organization.
The Hermiston seniors, who are building a new center behind First United Methodist Church, will use the money to purchase new kitchen equipment for the center. Having commercial kitchen facilities assists the group in providing essential meal services for seniors and the Meals on Wheels program.
The new senior center, known as the Harkenrider Center, is expected to be completed in March.
The foundation also announced other third quarter awards, which included 31 disbursements for a total of $303,584. Other local recipients and the purpose for the grants include:
•UMATILLA: Umatilla Museum and Historical Foundation, $9,818 for museum energy upgrade.
•UMATILLA COUNTY: Start Making A Reader Today, $5,155 for SMART reading programs; Umatilla County 4-H, $600 for Attitudes for Success: Preparing for the Future.
The Wildhorse Foundation manages a community benefit fund established by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The board considers quarterly grant applications in the areas of public health and safety, education, the arts, historic preservation, gambling addiction services, salmon restoration, environmental protection and cultural activities. The next application deadline is Jan. 1.