Now Accepting Applications for Regional Impact Grants


The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a Regional Impact Grant in 2014 that helped to purchase radios for their Reserve Deputy Program.

Up to $5,000 for Nonprofits in North Central Washington

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its Regional Impact Grants (RIG) program. RIG provides up to $5,000 to support nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Regional Impact Grants fund general operations, special programs, needs, and enhancements that impact the quality of life for communities in the region.

Applications are completed online; deadline is April 1.

The RIG program will be changing after this cycle of awards to a program that allows for greater impact and more effectively responds to the needs of the community.

Details on the new program and requirements will be released in March. There will also be an information session at the Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit on May 18 in Chelan, Washington.

Applicants that receive an RIG award for this current cycle will not be eligible for the first year of the new program. For questions on how this might impact a request, email

Additionally, public schools are no longer eligible for RIGs. Funding for schools is now supported through the new “Stronger Schools” and “STEAM Teacher Grants” programs, which are currently open and accepting applications.

Learn more about RIG eligibility and apply

New Grant Programs Fund Public Schools and Educators in NCW

Stronger Schools and STEAM Teacher Grants

The Community Foundation of NCW announces two new grant opportunities to support public education in North Central Washington: Stronger Schools and STEAM Teacher Grants.

Stronger Schools is a new program that provides grants up to $5,000 to public schools. The program replaces the former Classrooms Can! grant program to widen the reach of financial support and encourage innovative programs that impact entire schools.

“Last October the Foundation hosted a Town Hall style meeting to discuss how we could increase participation and broaden the impact of our support for public schools” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy. “We heard from principals, school board members, ESD representatives, and many others that increasing our award amounts and focusing on individual schools could make a real difference for the student experience.”

To be eligible, Stronger Schools applicants must serve Pre-K through 12 public schools in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties (excluding the Methow Valley School District which is supported by the Methow Valley Fund).

Only one application may be submitted per school and must be approved by the school principal to submit. Multiple programs or projects can be included in one application, including PTA and Education Foundations requests.

The application opens January 15 with a deadline of March 15.

Additionally, the Community Foundation and the Woods Family Music & Arts Fund have partnered with the North Central Education Service District (NCESD) Education Foundation to increase Teacher Grant opportunities through “STEAM” grants. STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) adds art concepts to the traditional STEM category, introducing elements of creativity to applied science and math projects.

“We wanted to be careful not to abandon our support for individual teachers which had gained some traction with the Classrooms Can! program” said Sorom. “We recognized that the NCESD Foundation was making great strides with their Teacher Grants program, so rather than duplicate efforts, we are joining ranks with them as a funding partner to facilitate more teacher grants.”

Through the foundation and the Woods Family partnership, $12,500 will be invested in STEAM grant programming through the NCESD. Applications are now open, accepted year-round, and due on September 30; awards are announced by October 24.

Public schools and their funding arms (such as PTAs and education foundations) will no longer be eligible to apply for the foundation’s Regional Impact Grant program; Stronger Schools and STEAM Teacher Grants will be the sole funding sources supporting the sector.

Now Accepting Grant Applications for Manson Giving Great Grants

Supporting Arts, Academics, and Career Readiness in Manson Schools

Application deadline: January 23, 2015

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the “Manson Giving Great Grants” program (Manson G3). Established in 2008 by longtime Manson residents Jack and Gale Courtney, the Manson G3 program gives sophomore, junior and senior class Associated Student Body (ASB) officers an opportunity to improve their school district through participating as grantmakers of the program.

Manson G3 awards support programs specifically in the areas of arts, academics, and career readiness. Any student, teacher, administrator, or volunteer in the Manson School District may apply.

Each application is reviewed by the ASB with the Community Foundation acting as advisor and mentor through the grant evaluation process. The ASB students determine all award recipients and amounts, giving them a unique experience in learning the various aspects of grant-making, and value and impact of local philanthropy.

“There is something almost magical about the creativity these grants have inspired in our district.” said Manson Schools Principal, Don Vanderholm. “Suddenly, it’s possible to think outside the box and go there. Furthermore, we see teachers going for other grants because of the success they’ve experienced with the G3s.”

For more information and to apply, visit

Now Accepting Applications for Methow Valley Fund Grants


Sustainable funding for a healthy, vibrant Methow Valley

Application Deadline: January 31

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting grant applications for the Methow Valley Fund. Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund provides financial assistance to charitable organizations that directly support the Methow Valley.

Up to $5,000 is available to programs that address community needs and/or enhance the quality of life in the Methow Valley. Applicants must be a charitable or public agency or seek fiscal sponsorship by an eligible organization.

The grants applications are reviewed by the Methow Valley Advisory committee, comprised of community leaders who live and work in the area, and are recommended to the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval.

All interested applicants must apply online at Application deadline is January 31st. Awards are distributed in February.

Up to $200 Available for Make a Difference Day Projects

MakeDiffDayRightHandLogo2The Wenatchee Valley has been a leader in the national Make a Difference Day since its inception when awarded the first Make a Difference Day National Award in 1993. Today, the winnings from the award go toward funding Make a Difference Day projects each year.

This year’s Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 25th. Up to $200 is available to help your local project. The only requirement is that you participated in a project in the previous year.

To view a list of projects or submit your need for help, visit

Application deadline is Wednesday, October 5th.


Woods Family Music and Arts Grant – Now Open

Application Deadline: September 30th

Up to $5,000 available to support programs that enhance music and arts culture in the greater Wenatchee Valley 

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting grant applications for the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant. This annual grant is available to nonprofit organizations who work to provide music and/or arts related services to the citizens of Cashmere; Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee to receive up to $5,000 for programs in one of the following areas:

  • Foster and improve cultural awareness and education;
  • Music performance;
  • Music education direction for a wide range of students (children and adults);
  • Participation in coordination of regional arts events; or
  • Seminars and workshops for music educators and arts professionals.

How to Apply

The Woods Family Music and Arts Grant application is an online grant process that is managed by a third-party, Common Grant Application. Directions on how to apply along with a video tutorial are available on the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant webpage.

Applications are due by the end of business on Tuesday, September 30th.

Visit to learn more and apply.

Now Accepting Applications for Regional Impact Grant

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is now accepting applications for Regional Impact Grants that provide up to $5,000 to support community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Organizations eligible include:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are recognized as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code;
  • Governmental entities, public educational institutions, and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)(1) or in 170(b)(1)(A);
  • Organizations/programs with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor; or
  • Methow Valley organizations/programs that are supporting programs outside of the Methow Valley.

How to Apply

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) application is available on our website and is managed by a third-party, Common Grant Application. Applying organizations will need to establish an account; directions on how to do so are on our website. We highly recommend you view the video tutorial to help guide you through the applications process.

Applications are due by the end of business on Monday, September 1st.

If you have previously received an RIG, please note you must sit out two grant cycles (spring and fall) before re-applying. If you have questions or need information about this, please contact us.

Note: Spring Regional Impact Grant awards have not yet been announced; applicants will be notified in late July.

Click here to learn more and apply 

Be the Change: Service Clubs Helping Families Escape Generational Poverty

BeTheChangeThe Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties are inviting Service Club members in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties to learn about “Be the Change”, a new funding opportunity to help alleviate generational poverty in the region.

Made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Be the Change” looks to financially support service club projects that help low-income families escape the cycle of generational poverty and expand on them.

The grant would provide 10 service clubs with $20,000 each to be spent over two years for projects that help alleviate poverty.

Emphasis will be placed on programs that provide youth in poverty an “aspirational window” to help them escape the generational cycle of poverty through role-modeling, scholastic support, and other activities that bolster self-confidence and socio-emotional development.  To this end, eligible projects will have a relationship-based component, such as conditional/incentive-based scholarship awards, reading tutors, and mentorship programs. 

The grant funding will also help to build the capacity and organizational strength of service clubs so that they can continue this work for years to come.

“Stronger clubs increases the community’s capacity for good” said Katie Kavanaugh Pauly, the Community Foundation’s Board Vice President, “and that’s what we’re after.”

Attend a Learning Lunch

This grant is in its early stages of development and we are inviting service club members to participate in discussion on strategies to best meet its goals.

Choose one of the following days to learn about the program and participate in discussion – lunch is on us!

Monday March 10 at 12:00 noon 


Tuesday March 11 at 12:00 noon 

Both luncheons will be held at the Community Foundation office located at 9 S Wenatchee Avenue.

RSVP to Denise Sorom at 509-663-7716 or email

Reservations are required, seating is limited!

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