Eastern Idaho news in brief

Humanities Council grant round open

The Idaho Humanities Council invites proposals for mini and major grants and teacher incentive grants from organizations and individuals for consideration at the IHC’s next grant round. The deadline is Jan. 15.

Mini-grants under $2,000 and major grants over $2,000 support museum and library exhibits, oral history projects, heritage tourism projects, special lectures, the preservation of historical photo archives, Chautauqua programs, community-wide reading programs, humanities-focused conferences and a variety of projects and programs that inspire community dialogue in the humanities.

There is special interest in seeing proposals that offer the opportunity for civil discourse on race and ethnicity. Teacher incentive grants, limited to $1,000, are awarded to K-12 teachers to support teaching humanities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the guidelines and contact IHC staff at info@idahohumanities.org to discuss project ideas before beginning a proposal. Visit idahohumanities.org for an application.

Christmas Box Angel 10-year anniversary

The annual Christmas Box Angel Vigil is to be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery. This year’s gathering also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the angel at the cemetery.

The gathering is to remember and celebrate the lives of children who are deceased and offer support, love and reassurance to those who share in this. As part of the vigil, participants are encouraged to bring a flower and will be asked to place the flower at the base of the angel and say the name of the deceased. Music will be provided by the Idaho Falls Sounds Choir, and the public is invited. Call 208-524-2313 or 208-390-9279 or email halevacations1@gmail.com.

High school essay contest open

The American Nuclear Society Idaho Section’s essay contest for grades nine through 12 is open through Jan. 19.

Two scholarships will be awarded. This year’s contest encompasses the history of nuclear energy, nuclear technologies and focuses on the role of the Idaho National Laboratory. Visit ansidaho.org/community-outreach for applications.

Idaho Food Bank grants announced

The Idaho Food Bank Fund is distributing $110,000 to recipients to promote their mission of providing hunger relief among Idahoans.

Area recipients include the Bingham County Senior Citizens Center, $5,000 for their Meals of Wheels program and food pantry; Blackfoot Community Center, $4,300 for construction work; and the Idaho Falls Senior Citizens Center, Inc., $1,000, for their nutrition program.