Three Siskiyou County organizations and Mount Shasta artist Kim Solga are among the recipients of recent grant awards announced Aug. 9 by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

Grants were awarded in both Siskiyou and Shasta counties in the fields of Animal Welfare and Community Arts.

Among the grants awarded from the Animal Welfare Endowment Fund was $7,500 to Siskiyou Spay & Neuter Incentive Program, also known as SNIP, to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.

Stable Hands, which provides equine assisted activities and therapy in Yreka, received $3,000 to purchase horse shelters.

Artist Kim Solga and the Siskiyou County Arts Council were two of the grant recipients from the Community Arts Endowment Fund.

Solga received $2,500 to fund materials and labor for mural painting in Mt. Shasta.

Siskiyou County Arts Council received $1,629 to purchase a portable dance floor, microphones and sound system for outdoor performances of Shasta Studios/Mt. Shasta Children's Theatre.

Shasta Regional Community Foundation states in a press release that it “administers the grants and the corresponding funds while grant review committee members from the region serve to evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding.”

The Animal Welfare Endowment Fund, according to the release, was established in 2009 to provide care for animals in Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

The Community Arts Endowment Fund was “established to support the arts in our region today and forever,” according to the release. “Grants are made to nonprofits, public entities, and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new work in any media.”

Also awarded grants from the Animal Welfare Endowment Fund were:

• Haven Humane Society, $7,500 to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs;

• Horses Assist Lives Organization (HALO), $4,898 to provide feed, veterinary care, vaccinations, and saddle pads for program horses; and

• Turtle Bay Exploration Park, $7,500 to cover veterinary costs for animal ambassadors.

Also receiving grants from the Community Arts Endowment Fund were:

• Axiom Repertory Theatre, $2,500 to fund royalties and rental fees for five upcoming shows;

• Enterprise High School, $1,000 to fund the free productions of Robin Hood and Into the Woods for surrounding schools;

• Eric Whitmer, an individual artist, $1,250 to cover costs of a concert series featuring local youth musicians and composers; and

• Turtle Bay Exploration Park, $2,500 to provide support of the Drop-in Art Studio.

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation describes itself as “a resource building organization in Shasta and Siskiyou counties dedicated to promoting philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since inception in 2000, the Community Foundation has awarded over $20,000,000 in grants to area nonprofit organizations.”

For more information on how to contribute to meet the increasing needs of fields of interest such as these, call the Shasta Regional Community Foundation at (530) 244-1219 or visit www.shastarcf.org.