$98,955 in Grants Awarded to NCW Nonprofits


The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $98,955 in Regional Impact Grants to 25 nonprofits across the region. Offered twice per year, Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for general program, special projects, start-up funding, small equipment, and other needs and enhancements to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and religious organizations. The foundation’s grants committee reviews each application, visits with each organization, and determines awards based on several criteria, including need, effectiveness, and innovation. The following lists the awards by area of interest:

Arts, Culture, and Humanities

  • Chelan County Historical Society – $2,500 for roof repairs to the lobby at the Cashmere Museum
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – $1,200 to replace trail lighting system at Ski Hill Amphitheater from incandescent to commercial grade LED lights
  • Okanogan County Historical Society – $1,440 to replace outdated security system
  • Write on the River – $3,250 for additional hours to Executive Director’s contract to expand community outreach


  • Foothills Middle School PTSA – $2,500 matching grant to replace marching percussion equipment
  • InvestED- $5,000 for basic supplies, access to school programs, and other needed assistance for needy students in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties
  • Literacy Council of Chelan-Douglas Counties – $5,000 for AmeriCorps volunteers for 2013-2014 program year
  • Wenatchee Valley College at Omak – $4,500 for a symposium and celebration of the life and work of Mourning Dove, a member of the Okanogan tribe and the first Native American woman to publish a novel

Environment/Animal Protection

  • Cascadia Conservation District – $3,750 for education and outreach to support the Picture the Wenatchee watershed stewardship campaign to improve water quality and stream habitat in the Wenatchee River and its tributaries

Health and Human Services

  • Brewster Food Bank – $3,750 matching funds for a walk-in freezer
  • CareNet Pregnancy Center of Okanogan County – $4,450 for Earn While You Learn curriculum for Oroville clients; Spanish version of Earn While You Learn; continuation of Choosing the Best curriculum in 13 Okanogan County schools
  • Columbia Valley Housing Association – $5,000 for community outreach, website development, updating and translating marketing materials in Spanish
  • Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank – $5,000 for mobile dental clinic for low income people and ethnic minorities who lack access or are faced with barriers to dental care
  • Habitat for Humanity – Wenatchee – $3,750 for home building materials that will result in the 47th Habitat for Humanity house in Wenatchee
  • Lilac Services for the Blind – $5,000 for adaptive devices and appropriate training for clients who are blind or dealing with vision issues
  • More to Life – $2,550 for a sound system to be used during youth activities in Tonasket
  • Mountain Meadows Senior Living – $3,315 for garden benches for the new landscape area created by the expansion project
  • Rebuilding Together-Greater Wenatchee Valley – $5,000 for home repairs for three low-income homeowners
  • Solomon’s Porch – $5,000 for part-time kitchen manager to oversee preparation of state-required daily hot meals
  • Wenatchee Police Department – $5,000 for Crisis Intervention Team Training for local law enforcement officers
  • YMCA of Wenatchee – $5,000 for a used Chevrolet Suburban to use at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA camp

Public/Social Benefit

  • Eastmont Metropolitan Park District – $5,000 for playground equipment at Kenroy Park, accessible to all populations with mobility challenges
  • Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center – $3,250 for an ADA ramp at the retreat center
  • Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center – $3,750 for directional signage to the Tonasket Water Ranch, a new spray park opening summer 2013 at Chief Tonasket Park
  • United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties – $5,000 for AmeriCorps volunteer and financial education materials for the Youth United program

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