Community Foundation Awards $412,000 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $412,000 through the Regional Impact Grant (RIG) program to 52 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

The RIG provides annual core operating support to eligible nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties serving their community in a variety of ways – through access to the arts and cultural experiences, protecting the environment, building and maintaining recreation areas, improving health services, and programs that support our youth and seniors.

“The RIG is the largest grant opportunity for nonprofits in our region” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “Over the years, we have continued to shape the grant program to best serve the needs of our region and this round of grants really showcases the breadth of nonprofit work that our communities depend upon.”

Often in philanthropy, the larger and more established organizations have a competitive edge in the grant process, but the Community Foundation strives to support a variety of nonprofits including smaller, volunteer-run organizations. This year the size of the grant award was based on the size of the organization which allowed the Trustees to focus on providing a balanced number of grant awards across budget sizes.

“We don’t expect organizations to have professional grant writers on staff, so our Board is committed to connecting with every applicant through a site visit with a team at the Foundation to learn more about their work” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants, “We find this helps level the playing field and it’s such a rewarding experience to connect with these groups who are so passionate about making their community a better place for all.”

The funding for the grants comes from unrestricted dollars gifted to the foundation and a portion of the fund management fees. “These grants wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of people in our community who have left legacies to ensure the community they loved continues to be cared for and protected for future generations,” said Stipe.

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2022 Regional Impact Grant Awards

Organization Name Amount Awarded
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council $14,000.00
Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition $6,000.00
City of Rock Island (Soccer Field) $6,000.00
Classroom in Bloom $6,000.00
Common Ground Community Housing Trust $6,000.00
Communities In Schools of North Central Washington $14,000.00
Dadsmove $6,000.00
Eastmont Metropolitan Park District (Community Fitness Court) $14,000.00
Entiat Community Historical Society $6,000.00
Family Health Centers $14,000.00
First Tee Central Washington $5,000.00
Fosterful $4,000.00
Green Okanogan $6,000.00
Grunewald Guild $10,000.00
Harvest Against Hunger $6,000.00
Heritage Heights At Lake Chelan $14,000.00
Hope Care Clinic $6,000.00
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts $10,000.00
Lake Chelan Arts Council $6,000.00
Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church (Backpack Food Program) $6,000.00
Leavenworth Summer Theater $6,000.00
Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation $10,000.00
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington $6,000.00
Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan County $6,000.00
Mobile Meals of Wenatchee $6,000.00
Mountain Sprouts Children’s Community $10,000.00
NCW Arts Alliance $6,000.00
NCW Community Toy Drive $6,000.00
Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society $6,000.00
Okanogan County Artists Association $4,000.00
Okanogan County Community Action Council $14,000.00
Okanogan County Search and Rescue Association $6,000.00
Okanogan County Transportation & Nutrition $14,000.00
Okanogan Land Trust $10,000.00
Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus $6,000.00
Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program $5,000.00
Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree $6,000.00
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation $10,000.00
Safe Families for Children (Central WA) $6,000.00
Small Miracles $6,000.00
Spirit of Wenatchee Project $6,000.00
Stage Kids WA $10,000.00
Together for Youth $10,000.00
TREAD (Trails Recreation Education Advocacy Development) $10,000.00
Wellness Place $6,000.00
Wenatchee FC Youth $6,000.00
Wenatchee Police Department (Homeless Cold Weather Assistance) $4,000.00
Wenatchee Pride $6,000.00
Wenatchee Rescue Mission $10,000.00
Wenatchee Valley Concert $6,000.00
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center $14,000.00
YWCA North Central Washington $10,000.00
TOTAL $412,000.00

 

2 Comments

  1. Wendy Isenhart on December 24, 2022 at 11:04 AM

    This is a wonderful program and we are so grateful to have your help at a critical time for Heritage Heights. The Covid years have been extra hard on seniors in assisted living situations and on their caregivers. Christmas blessings to everyone who donated and a huge standing ovation for the Community Foundation for making it possible.
    THANK YOU!
    A cup of hot chocolate and a warm hug to all and
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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