Community Foundation Awards $543,000 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $543,000 to 63 nonprofits through its Regional Impact Grant (RIG) program.

The RIG is a competitive annual grant that supports core operations for eligible nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties who are serving their community in a variety of ways –access to arts and cultural experiences, protecting the environment, building and maintaining recreation areas, improving health services, and supporting our youth and senior populations. The grant awards range from $6,000 to $14,000 based on the organization’s budget size.

“The Regional Impact Grant is our largest funding opportunity for nonprofits in our region” said Beth Stipe, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We’ve reshaped it over the years to better fit the needs of our nonprofits and ensure funding is balanced across organization size and geographic location enabling our communities to benefit from the critical services and quality of life enhancements they provide.”

The RIG funding comes from unrestricted dollars gifted to the foundation. “These grants wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of people in our region who contributed unrestricted resources to ensure the community they love continues to be cared for and protected for future generations,” said Stipe.

In addition, $37,000 of the grant awards came from our Partners in Giving fund comprised of annual gifts from the community. “Our Partners in Giving helps us leverage so many opportunities such as additional grant funding, increased scholarship awards, and activities that further philanthropy in our region. We’re so grateful for those that support us with these vital unrestricted gifts each year.”

Regional Impact Grant Awards 2023

ORGANIZATION AWARD
Alatheia Riding Center $10,000
Apple Hill Art Camps $3,000
Beauty of Bronze $6,000
Blue Sky Minds $6,000
CAFE: The Community for the Advancement of Family Education $14,000
Cascade Community Markets $6,000
Cascade Medical Foundation $6,000
Cascadia Conservation District $14,000
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village $6,000
Chelan County Mountain Rescue Association $6,000
Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services $10,000
Chelan Valley Community Nurse $6,000
Chelan Valley Hope $10,000
Chelan Valley Housing Trust $6,000
Chelan-Douglas Land Trust $14,000
Children’s Home Society of Washington $14,000
Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center Foundation $6,000
Community Cultural Center of Tonasket $6,000
Conservation Northwest $10,000
Dangerous Women (Theater Group) $6,000
East Wenatchee Police Department K9 Program $8,000
Economic Alliance $10,000
Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank $6,000
Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement (FYRE) $14,000
Friends of Ukraine Refugees $6,000
Greater Leavenworth Museum $6,000
Hand in Hand Immigration Services $10,000
Historic Downtown Chelan Association $10,000
Indigenous Roots and Reparation Foundation $6,000
Lake Chelan Rotary Community International Fund $6,000
Lilac Services for the Blind $6,000
Manson Grange #796 $6,000
Mountain Meadows Senior Living $14,000
NCW Equity Alliance $6,000
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project $14,000
Northwest Outward Bound School $6,000
Numerica Performing Arts Center $14,000
Okandogs $10,000
Okanogan County Child Development Association $14,000
Okanogan Regional Humane $6,000
Omak Food Bank $6,000
Only7Seconds $10,000
Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center $6,000
Pateros Treehouse Early Education Organization $10,000
Plain Valley Ski Trails $10,000
Special Olympics Washington $6,000
Sustainable NCW $5,000
The Knights Community Hospital Equipment Lend Program (KC HELP) $6,000
The Northwest Organization for Animal Help (The NOAH Center) $10,000
Thrive Chelan Valley $10,000
Tierra Village $10,000
Upper Valley Connection $6,000
Upper Valley MEND $14,000
Velocity Swimming $8,000
Waste Loop $6,000
Wenatchee Downtown Association $10,000
Wenatchee Jazz Workshop (Fiscal Sponsor: Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center) $2,000
Wenatchee Outdoors $6,000
Wenatchee River Institute $10,000
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center $7,000
Wenatchee Valley Humane Society $14,000
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center $14,000
Wenatchee Valley YMCA $14,000
TOTAL $543,000

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