Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: info@gh-cf.org.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation reaches $50 million milestone

As of July 15, 2014, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation has exceeded a threshold of $50 million in assets, through a substantial distribution from the Estate of Ann R. Weatherwax.  This now makes GHCF the sixth largest Community Foundation of the 29 in Washington State.

 

In existence for twenty years, the Foundation has been serving the Grays Harbor community through its grants and scholarships programs, assisting hundreds of local nonprofit agencies fulfill their missions and more than a thousand students attain their educational dreams.  The Foundation is working to make Grays Harbor a better place to live, by supporting efforts to improve the community, by building a “community of giving” and being a resource for local nonprofits.

 

“We are pleased to be able to continue our work in Grays Harbor in perpetuity,” said Executive Director, Jim Daly. “The exceptional growth of the Community Foundation would not be possible without strong investment returns and the continued support of our donors who believe in our community and the Foundation programs.

 

In 2014, we have chosen 332 students to receive $553,000 in scholarships for students of any age pursuing college or vocational/technical education after high school. We also expect to award at least $1.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in Grays Harbor through our discretionary grants program, as well as our donor advised and designated grant distributions.”

 

Some of our recent grants have included support for: Hope From Horses, a riding program for physically and mentally challenged youth; the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Domestic Violence Center, and Beyond Survival; playground equipment replacement at four parks; Meals-on-Wheels, for a new delivery vehicle; two school STEM programs and two Robotics Clubs; a “Technology in the Classroom” initiative; and, funding to send every sixth grade student in Grays Harbor County to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” in Seattle through the Gladys Phillips Cultural Tours fund, which originated with the E.K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation.

 

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

 

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards $68,779 in Discretionary Grants in 2nd quarter

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $68,779 into the community through its second quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has been a resource to Grays Harbor County non-profits by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle, and this quarter, the Foundation awarded nine grant awards for discretionary funding. “Offering an online Grant Application process, we believe, has made our program more accessible to organizations around Grays Harbor” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said, “It is important to the Community Foundation that we be open to funding requests from small and large organizations, there are so many great projects out there that are worthwhile investments.”

 

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include:

  • Bobcat Music Boosters for Marching Equipment
  • Elma Band Boosters for Marching Percussion Instruments
  • Habitat for Humanity for 2014-15 Build Projects
  • Hoquiam School District for the Summer CubMobile program
  • Leadership Grays Harbor on behalf of Beyond Survival for Wheels for Beyond Survival
  • Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters for Bulldog Instrument Acquisition Project
  • Ocosta School District for Summer Fun for Wildcats
  • South Beach Christian Outreach for Food Voucher Assistance
  • Washington Nonprofits for Grays Harbor Capacity Building

 

Three of the grant awards to Bobcat Music Boosters, Elma Band Boosters and Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters were supported by a Donor Advised Fund held at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation: the Don and Vera McCaw Family Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support music in Grays Harbor and the donor felt that these three projects would allow continued and unrestricted access to students throughout the county.

 

Dr. Dave Westby, chair of the Grants Committee noted the variety of projects requesting assistance “There is incredible diversity in our community, there is not a  lack of organizations tackling the problems they see in their own backyard. We are pleased to be able to support their efforts in making this county a better place.”

 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

New scholarship from Grays Harbor Community Foundation is biggest ever

Scott Weatherwax was born September 25, 1940 in Aberdeen, Washington, to Marian Abel and Ben K. Weatherwax.  He graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen where he was a stand-out in basketball, a varsity baseball pitcher, a member of Honor Society, and ASB President.  He went on to the University of Puget Sound where he was a small-college All American basketball star.  He then attended the University of Washington Dental School, served two years in the U. S. Army, and had a successful career in dentistry in Tacoma.

He retired to Grays Harbor where he became actively involved on the Board of Directors of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation as its Scholarship Committee Chairman, and a member of the Finance Committee and Grants Committee.  His passions were sports, music (he played at least four instruments), and helping improve Grays Harbor through the education of its youth and grants to non-profits.  Dr. Weatherwax died of cardiac arrest while camping and hiking with friends on Vancouver Island, Canada, on May 17th, 2008.

Scott always believed that it was the responsibility of the community to cultivate the leaders of the future.  He understood that a well-educated individual needs exposure to the arts and sports, and that leadership can start young. 

 

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

 

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards over forty-one thousand in local grants

Dr. Dave Westby, chair of the Grants Committee noted the wide-array of causes the applications represented. “There are many areas of need in our community. We learn about many of the great programs that are targeting those needs through our Grants Program. I always learn something I didn’t know about our area when I review these requests and that is a positive thing” 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other nonprofit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation selected as partner in “Building Community Philanthropy” Initiative

Community members participate in a class at the Greenbridge mixedincome housing development in South King County.Since its establishment in 1994 the Community Foundation has served as funder, collaborator, partner and observer in the many links of the chain that is community philanthropy. GHCF awarded over $1,410,000 in grants and scholarships in 2012 to many nonprofits as well as students pursuing post-secondary education. The organization has worked very hard to create a set of principles under which the Discretionary Grants Program is guided titled “Giving Priorities.” This document established four main areas of concern that the Foundation Board deemed most pressing in our community: Education, Health and Wellness, Arts, Culture and History, and Basic Needs. Awarding grants in these areas has begun our journey into addressing intergenerational poverty and building strong communities, but it is time to go further.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is in a unique position to bring many stakeholders together to have a common discussion about what intergenerational poverty looks like in our area, the problems it creates and how to address the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of those issues. 
The Community Foundation is looking forward to learning more about the true issues inside the community it serves and incorporating those findings into current and future grant-making practices. Strong, connected and educated networks between both organizations and individuals are the key to making an impact, and GHCF is working to strengthen those connections.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: info@gh-cf.org.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is our motivation for addressing intergenerational poverty and engaging our community to strengthen networks and access to resources.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation now offers online grant applications

Review committee members are looking forward to being able to access all the documents online, view staff reports on applicants, make notes, comments and post questions to Foundation staff using the paperless system. “It has been a process for us to make this move but we believe it is the right time and will ultimately make our organization more accessible, to applicants and reviewers. We’re excited!” Grants Committee chair Dr. Dave Westby stated.

 

Visit the Foundation’s website for guidelines, instructions and to begin the online application process http://gh-cf.org/grants/application.

 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

Community Foundation awards $75,840 in Discretionary Grants and $38,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $38,000 to five After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: Central Park School, Hoquiam School District for the Hoquiam Middle School, McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, and YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After School Program sites in Elma and McCleary.

 

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.

ARRA funds help expand, improve Aberdeen Transit Station

Washington state received nearly $500 million in Recovery Act funds for state and local highway construction projects. In addition, Washington received $179 million for transit projects and last month was awarded $590 million for high speed intercity rail projects and $35 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery TIGER discretionary grants.

ARRA money allowed Grays Harbor Transit to expand the station to accommodate future growth and build a covered passenger-waiting area. Crews also improved the existing lighting while adding new security cameras, sidewalks and bike racks and building 35 more park-and-ride spaces. The improvements make the station more convenient for bicyclists and pedestrians with better accessibility for all users. Other station improvements include enhancing local traffic and transit safety by rerouting departing buses from a congested and difficult merge to a signalized crossing.

Washington state is administering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. Gov. Gregoire created a Web site, www.recovery.wa.gov/, so every Washingtonian can see where tax dollars are going and hold government accountable for the results. On the federal level, President Obama has appointed Vice President Biden to oversee all states’ recovery efforts and to root out waste and fraud. This combined oversight will ensure taxpayer dollars are put to good use and recharge the economy.

Learn more about the faces and places where Recovery Act projects have created or sustained jobs, supported our economy and enhanced safety and connectivity of our transportation system.

 

Visit our Flickr site to see photos of crews in action at the Aberdeen Transit Station.