Community Foundation Awards $136,125 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $136,125 in Regional Impact Grants to 43 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for nonprofit programs that work to meet community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. A competitive grant program offered in the Spring and Fall, Regional Impact Grants provide one of the only grant funding resources for many of these nonprofit organizations.

This year the foundation received a record 69 applications. Each applicant is visited by a team of staff and board members to learn more about the proposed projects and are evaluated using a rated scoring sheet; final awards are approved by the board of trustees.

The foundation received $20,000 from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation to be directed toward the Regional Impact Grants. In addition, the new Partners in Giving program allocated $5,000 to help increase the grant awards.

“We know there are so many nonprofits doing great work in our communities, and so many of them need our help” said Lisa Day, a member of Partners in Giving and also a foundation board member. “With so many applicants, we knew additional funding would be a huge help. This program was created for this kind of support.”

Partners in Giving provides businesses, families, and individuals who aren’t ready to open a fund an opportunity to support the work of the foundation. The foundation recognizes and appreciates the generosity of both gifts that increased capacity to fund Regional Impact Grant awards by 23%.

The foundation is now accepting applications for Fall Regional Impact Grants at www.cfncw.org/grants. Deadline is September 1.

Spring 2014 Regional Impact Grant Awards

Arts, Culture & Humanities | $27,200

Education | $14,500

Environment/Animal Related | $17,000

Health & Human Services | $68,925

Public/Social Benefit | $8,500

 

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