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$300,000 in Grants Available to Coachella Valley Nonprofits

Application period now open for the Coachella Valley Spotlight

The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation will award $300,000 in grants to twelve Coachella Valley area nonprofit organizations. Applications are available through September 9, 2019 for the 2020 Coachella Valley Spotlight awards. Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations and tax-exempt schools that serve people in the Coachella Valley are eligible to apply. Organizations that received the award between 2009-2018 are also eligible to reapply. Since the program began, more than $3 million in grants have been awarded to more than 100 local nonprofit organizations.

Recipients are selected by the News Channel 3 Community Advisory Board, which includes representatives from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and members of the community. Twelve organizations are chosen from applications received by the deadline. Throughout 2020, each recipient is recognized in stories and interviews on News Channel 3’s Eye on the Desert, as well as in public service announcements, social media and on the station’s website, www.kesq.com.

“We’re looking forward to receiving a new group of applications and learn more about the many great programs serving the needs of the Coachella Valley,” said Catharine Reed, Program Director for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “It’s always difficult to select twelve nonprofit recipients each year, but it’s also very gratifying to award funding to a variety of organizations throughout the area.”

Past recipients of the Coachella Valley Spotlight include charities that support children, seniors, veterans, the homeless, uninsured and underinsured residents, people living with debilitating medical conditions, animals, education, the arts, and more.

“We are proud of the 11-year partnership with the Berger Foundation,” said Jerry Upham, General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns and operates KESQ News Channel 3 and KPSP CBS Local 2. “The combination of funding and media exposure is a unique gift that seems to greatly benefit the selected organizations and our community.”

Coachella Valley Spotlight applications are available at www.kesq.com; click on the Coachella Valley Spotlight logo on the home page. Applications must be delivered to News Channel 3 or postmarked by Monday, September 9, 2019. Recipients will be notified by December. For more information call 760-773-0342.

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