The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $215,306 into the community through theirr 3rd quarter grants cycle. A press release from the foundation said that this quarter, they offered a new Capacity Building Initiative that offered operational support to our local nonprofits as well as After-School funding for school districts and programs in Grays Harbor.
The organizations that were funded through their discretionary grants program quarter include:
American Cancer Society – increasing colorectal screenings in Grays Harbor
Breast Cancer Alliance Fund – assistance with PUD bills for cancer patients
Child Care Action Council – Raising a Reader
Community Youth Services – Haven House Shelter Services
First Presbyterian Church – Recovery Grays Harbor
Hoquiam Food and Clothing Bank -backpack program
Hoquiam High School – Grizzly Fusion Mentor Program
Lake Quinault School District – fine arts field trips and after-school gardening program
McCleary School District – playground refurbishment
Montesano Community Outreach – summer art camp
Neighborhood Housing Service – Sunrise Court Playground Renewal Project
Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Coastal and SW WA – 2016-2017 Conference
Olympic Area Agency for Aging of Grays Harbor – senior emergency funds
The ARC of Grays Harbor – building remodels
Washington State University Foundation – Grays Harbor College Extension’s Diabetes Prevention Program
Westport South Beach Historical Society – McCausland Hall upgrades
Our Capacity Building Initiative saw great success this quarter as a brand new offering to our local nonprofit agencies with the intent of building up their internal capacity. This quarter we awarded $50,000 total to 10 different agencies for the following projects:
Coastal Harvest – technology upgrades
Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific County – implementation of a Spanish Mediation Program
Grays Harbor CASA – IT core upgrade
Grays Harbor College Foundation – donor software
Habitat for Humanity Grays Harbor – technology improvements
North Beach Artists Guild – infrastructure regrowth
The ARC of Grays Harbor – accessible transportation services
Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Foundation – website design and brand relaunch
Westport South Beach Historical Society – collections capacity and modernization training
YMCA of Grays Harbor – Camp Bishop Master Planning
Finally, our annual After-School grants cycle awarded four awards to the following schools for their after school programs:
McCleary School District
McDermoth Elementary
Montesano Community Outreach
YMCA’s Harbor After-School Program
Program Officer, Jessica Hoover commented that “Each quarter we are seeing a significant increase in the number of applications we receive and this quarter was a record breaking quarter for the Foundation. With the offering of our new Capacity Building Initiative, it was great to see organizations that have never applied for funding from us come to us with projects they believe will help improve their day to day operations. There are so many agencies doing good work in our community and we recognized something as simple as updating old technology for these organizations will help them with their donor outreach and long-term sustainability.”
You may find out more by checking the foundation website or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Their next grants deadline is October 3rd at 5:00PM.