Over our first ten years we have made more than 40 grants ranging in size from $250 to $10,000, for a variety of needs from emergency radios for the Fire Department to Movies in the Park. Our recipients have also been wide ranging from the Larkspur Community Clinic to the Lark Theater.
As we emerge from the pandemic with hope and optimism, Larkspur is adapting with the rest of the world. Phrases like “new normal” and “in these unprecedented times” have been worn out.
The pandemic severely impacted not only individual lives but the life of our community. We focused our grant making on responding to the pandemic and now are excited by the energy and enthusiasm we see in the community!
Our focus in 2020 was to be Emergency Preparedness, but that quickly shifted to providing assistance to those impacted by the pandemic. For our efforts we were named 2020 Business of the Year by the City and the Chamber of Commerce and we received a Bank of Marin Spirit of Marin award.
- Providing funds to purchase thermal imaging cameras to assist Central Marin Fire in locating hidden fires and victims needing rescue. These cameras have already been put to use in locating victims of a fire.
- Collaborating with local partners to place a mobile CERT trailer at Bon Air Center, a good example of LCF’s ability to bring together local partnerships to answer community needs.
- Serving as fiscal sponsors for several Neighborhood Response Groups (NRGs) to assist in their fund raising. These neighborhood volunteer groups are preparing our community to cope with emergencies, especially important as fire threats worsen. We are serving as fiscal sponsor so they can accept tax-deductible donations and our Disaster Preparedness Fund is providing grants for specific disaster preparedness projects.
- Most recently, awarding a grant to the Central Marin Fire Department for personnel training for dealing with post traumatic stress, a serious concern of first reponders everywhere.
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There are lots of ideas about what the future will be and how we will get there. We welcome your ideas and comments and we thank you for your support !