Community Foundation of NCW Awards $735,725 in Grants to Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $735,725 in grants to several nonprofit organizations through its retooled grant programs and community partnerships.

The foundation’s grant programming has been updated to focus on providing stability for nonprofits who have been impacted by Covid-19. The survival challenges nonprofits face parallel those of small businesses, with some struggling to meet increased demand and others completely shuttered.

“Our nonprofit sector provides vital services, cultural experiences, and environmental support across the region” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “This year has been hard on them in so many ways. We’re here to connect them to funding resources and do everything we can to keep them viable during this time.”

Chelan County CARES Nonprofit Assistance Awards – $500,000 

This grant program is in partnership with Chelan County, who allocated $500,000 to the foundation to disburse as reimbursement grants to organizations in Chelan County who provide basic needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. All applicants who applied received funding.

  • Hope Care Clinic – $25,500
  • SAGE (Safety, Advocacy, Growth, Empowerment) – $9,500
  • TEAMS Learning Center – $40,000
  • Upper Valley MEND – $100,000
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $45,000
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $130,000
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $65,000
  • YWCA of North Central Washington – $85,000

Nonprofit Reemergence Grant – $100,000

This is a quarterly grant program by the Community Foundation providing general operating support. Applicants can apply for up to 10% of their current organizational budget with a maximum request of $20,000. This is the first of four grant cycles, with $100,000 available each quarter.

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $15,750
  • Cashmere Museum – $14,000
  • Chelan Valley Housing Trust – $15,750
  • Hand in Hand Immigration Services – $11,000
  • Thrive Chelan Valley – $12,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center – $15,750
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $15,750

Helping Hands 2.0 Grant – $65,560 

In this revised version of the foundation’s Helping Hands grant, which provides emergent support, organizations can apply for any amount to help with critical safety-net needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. Awards are made monthly.

  • Chelan Douglas CASA – $5,000 child abuse educational outreach
  • Chelan Valley Hope – $25,000 capacity building to meet increases in demands for services
  • Hope Care Clinic – $9,360 dental assistant
  • Serve Wenatchee Valley – $5,500 Fresh HOPE Market, a public pantry for people facing food insecurity
  • Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church – $5,700 backpack food program for kids with food insecurity
  • Wenatchee Rescue Mission – $15,000 community meal program for people facing food insecurity

Woods Music and Arts Grant – $61,200

This grant, established by the Woods Family, supports music and arts education and programming across the region. This year, the grant focused on general operating support for arts organizations impacted by the pandemic.

  • 49-degrees North Artists Association – $3,000
  • Beauty of Bronze – $5,000
  • Grunewald Guild – $5,000
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $5,000
  • Lake Chelan Bach Fest – $5,000
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – $5,000
  • Music Theater of Wenatchee – $5,000
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – $5,000
  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $5,000
  • Stage Kids WA – $5,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $5,000
  • North Central Education Foundation – $6,500
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,900 

NCW Foundation for Youth – $8,965

Formerly a nonprofit organization, NCW Foundation for Youth is now a grant program managed by the foundation that provides up to $1,000 year-round to activities that directly benefit youth across the valley. Shop with a Cop is an exception in funding, as it is a program established by the founding organization and receives this annual designation in perpetuity.

  • Les Schwab – $1,000 Community Toy Drive
  • Wenatchee Police – $5,000 Shop with a Cop
  • Washington State University Extension 4H – $965 4H Virtual Eco-Stewardship
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,000 Virtual Mobile Makers
  • Trinity Church – $1,000 Side-by-Side Camp for CVCH Families

The Community Foundation is committed to providing continual support of nonprofits across the region. Learn about these grant opportunities and more at

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Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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