Local nonprofit presents surprise $10,000 check to Coachella Valley History Museum

INDIO – A local nonprofit foundation today surprised officials at the Coachella Valley History Museum with a $10,000 grant.

“We had no idea,” Patricia Korzec, the museum’s executive director, said of the gift from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “This grant will do so much for our educational programs!”

The museum was among 59 applicants that had unsuccessfully sought a $25,000 Coachella Valley Spotlight grant, she said, adding that the surprise donation helped ease the sting and will go toward improving its Junior Historian and after-school art programs.

Meanwhile, applications are still being accepted for the 2018 Coachella Valley Spotlight awards.

The foundation, which partners with CBS Local 2 in awarding the grants, presents one $25,000 grant each month of the year to a dozen community organizations.

“Selecting only 12 nonprofits for the Coachella Valley Spotlight each year is a difficult decision,” said Christopher McGuire, vice president of programs for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “Presenting these additional surprise grants is a fun way for our partnership with CBS Local 2 to affect even more people in our community.”

Applicants have until Sept. 8 to apply. Recipients will be notified in December.

To apply for a 2018 grant, visit www.cbslocal2.com and click on the Coachella Valley Spotlight logo near the bottom of the home page.

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