At its 6th Annual Celebration held October 30, The Women’s Fund announced 2015 grant awards to four local non-profits totaling $40,000.

Terra Fuego Resource Foundation of Chico received $12,000 to bring specialized firefighter training to Shasta County. A minimum of 10 women will be receiving the training in Anderson in a pilot program designed especially for women. Grant monies will provide specialized equipment to the students as well.

TWF awarded $10,000 to Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI)  from Siskiyou County to bring its job training program for women reentering the workforce to Redding. The “It’s Your Business” class will offer women a four-class training program and two job expos.  The program is expected to serve about 170 women.

Shasta County Arts Council received $9,500 for a new program that will connect young women to the digital world, specifically the film industry.  A three-week class next summer will offer 16-to-24 year old women training and hands-on involvement in the creation of a short digital film. Traditionally women are underrepresented in the film industry, according to the Shasta County Arts Council.

Smart Business Resource Center was awarded $8,500 for its Smart Steps Plus program which will serve women with a National Work Readiness certification plus 2 job search workshops and continuing Smart job search services.

Approximately 125 attended TWF’s Annual Celebration held at Mosely Family Cellars, including members, community leaders and past and present grant recipients.  In May 2015 TWF members by ballot chose Fostering Economic Opportunities as the 2015 grant focus area.  For its 2015 round of grant making TWF received more applications for grant funding than ever before.