Community health is Auction Napa Valley’s number one funding priority and as part of our commitment to community wellbeing, we’re making a significant donation designated for construction of the Napa Valley Vine Trail from Yountville to American Canyon. Targeted to Napa County adults and children who suffer from obesity, and to helping improve safety for local residents, our contribution represents 20% of the total local funding needed to construct the 47 mile trail. This donation will not affect the NVV’s regular annual giving to our other grantees.
This grant represents the second investment of $1 million since 2012, dedicated to helping close the academic achievement gap in Napa County. There is a measurable disparity between English Language Learners and English fluent children in our elementary schools. The NVV decided to invest $1 million a year for 3 – 5 years to provide quality preschool and family engagement programs so that every child enters kindergarten ready to learn. First Five Napa County is a partner in this effort, now in its second year.
For the past two years, the NVV has been a part of the Live Healthy Napa County effort to identify the greatest health needs in our County and determine how the community can come together to meet those needs. The Auction Napa Valley board, advised by the County’s health professionals, will determine the specifics of this initiative over the next few months.
In addition to the amounts and grantees noted above, we are also contributing to a number of agencies we have funded in the past that no longer meet our giving guidelines to help them transition to new funding sources. And, combined with additional funding from the E. Richard Jones Family Foundation and the Napa Valley Community Foundation we are providing capacity building grants to help local nonprofits improve their ability to deliver services to their clients.