Scholarship Applications Now Open

Click to download the Scholarship Guide

Click to download the Scholarship Guide

Application Deadline: February 15

Note: a few scholarships have other deadlines, please be sure to read each scholarship criteria carefully! 

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting Scholarship Applications for 2015. Over 90 scholarships are available to students in the North Central Washington Region.

The Scholarship Guide lists all scholarships available with award amounts, criteria, and required materials.

Each scholarship has its own set of criteria, and we urge students to reach them carefully. Not all scholarships require students to have top academics – many focus on students that have scholastic potential and/or have the greatest financial need.

There are a few steps students need to take before starting an application. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and preview the Scholarship Guide before applying.

Visit to learn more and apply.

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.

Community Foundation Awards $76,700 in Regional Impact Grants

Apple Hill Art Camp serves 250 children a year through an annual art camp. With a Regional Impact Grant, they will

Each year, Apple Hill Art Camp inspires 250 children in Okanogan County with hands-on art experiences from local, professional artists. The Camp requires a nominal $5 fee per day, and provides scholarships so that every child has an opportunity to make art. Next year, they will implement a new youth leadership program with help from a Regional Impact Grant.

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has awarded $76,700 in grants from its Regional Impact Grant program, which provides up to $5,000 to support charitable programs that help create a better quality of life in the communities of North Central Washington.

To be eligible, a program must be: a nonprofit charitable organization with a 501c3 status; a public school or agency; or secure fiscal sponsorship from an eligible organization. Program applications are reviewed by the foundation’s Grants Committee – comprised of staff, board, and community leaders – who visit each applicant to learn more about the program and its organization.

Applicants are evaluated on various factors, including organization health, board participation, and impact of the program in the community.

“Sometimes we are the only source of grant funding for these organizations” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy. “Providing a bit of financial support to passionate people can result in projects with significant impact.  This season’s grants include some projects that have been supported in the past as well as some as some highly innovative new projects; we are excited to see what unfolds in the year ahead.”

The following is a list of award recipients by program area:

Arts & Humanities

  • Apple Hill Art Camp – $3,000 to support an annual summer art camp that serves 250 children in Okanogan County that is now establishing a youth leadership teaching program where some of older students will teach classes to the younger students and learn how to and run the camp.
  • Wenatchee Jazz Workshop – $4,000 to bring professional jazz musicians to Wenatchee to teach local students in a week-long workshop featuring several days of intense jazz instruction, culminating with two public performances.


  • Invent Now – $3,000 to provide scholarships for Wenatchee elementary students to experience Camp Intervention Program in Summer 2015, a week-long camp utilizing hands-on activities in science, math, arts, and history to advance academic literacy.
  • Junior Achievement of Washington – $3,000 to support 60 students from Manson Elementary and Westside High School to participate in Junior Achievement programs including JA World Programs, JA BizTown, and JA Finance Park.
  • School’s Out Washington – $4,000 for four community workshops that provide professional development opportunities for after-school care providers to develop and improve their early childhood education skills.

Environmental & Animal Protection

  • Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition – $4,500 to support general operations that focus on creating fire resilient communities through collaborations with local stakeholders and coordinating on-the-ground fuel reduction, biomass utilization, and regional wildfire education.
  • Cascadia Conservation District – $2,000 to support the “Chelan County Clean Water Campaign” to help protect and improve water quality in Chelan County by building a community effort where citizens are involved in becoming better natural resource stewards.
  • Green Okanogan – $5,000 to purchase a forklift to support the expansion of recycling opportunities in the Tonasket/Oroville area, where public recycling services are unavailable, offering a weekly drop-off point and the ability to process materials received on a regular basis.
  • Okanogan Land Trust – $2,500 toward the development of a Conservation Plan that will help prioritize an influx of conservation easement projects across Okanogan County to ensure protection of the highest conservation values.
  • Washington’s National Park Fund – $2,500 for the Northwest Youth Corps to recruit and staff a crew of 16-19 year old students from Eastern and Central Washington to work on trails and campground repair and maintenance, and native plant seed collection and restoration in the Stehekin River Valley.

Health & Human Services

  • Chelan Douglas Health District – $3,200 to support The Health Promoter, a community health program that trains home-visiting volunteers from churches, nonprofit agencies, and other organized groups to provide basic healthcare screening and advice to home-bound individuals.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Wenatchee – $5,000 to purchase materials to build a home for a low-income single mother and her daughter.
  • Literacy Council – $5,000 to support two AmeriCorps members, computers, and office equipment to provide support for tutors, basic literacy skills, and English and a Second Language instruction to adult learners in Chela and Douglas Counties.
  • Manger Mall – $2,000 to purchase toys and gifts for children with families struggling during the holidays.
  • More to Life – $2,000 to support operations for a program that hosts social gatherings, concerts, and other activities for teens in the Tonasket/Oroville area, in effort to reduce teen drinking, drugs, and provide healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Together for a Drug Free Youth – $5,000 to support “Becoming a Love & Logic Parent” classes (a program that provides practical, positive tools for parents creating responsible kids)  in English and Spanish in Chelan and Douglas counties.
  • YWCA of Wenatchee – $5,000 toward program costs toward a donor development system to help cultivate current and build new donor relationships.

Public & Social Benefit

  • Ad Astra Per Aspera – $5,000 toward “To the Stars through Challenge”, a community funding challenge to build a portable planetarium that would be available for the North Central Washington region.
  • City of Wenatchee – $5,000 toward replacement of the picnic shelter in Washington Park.
  • Chelan County Sherriff’s Office – $5,000 to purchase portable radios for the Reserve Deputy Program.
  • Leavenworth Ski Hill Heritage Foundation – $2,000 toward a feasibility study to help determine a budget for building and operating a public Ice Skating Rink in Leavenworth.
  • Master Gardener Association of Chelan County – $5,000 to install an ADA ramp to the existing Community Education Garden, expanding accessibility the outdoor classroom used to educate and inspire individuals to develop sustainable home landscapes and gardening practices.
  • Upper Valley Museum – $3,500 to help with one year of rent, a new expenditure to the museum, while they develop strategies for income and establish a new annual budget to cover this cost long term.
  • Oroville Senior Citizens – $3,000 to purchase laptops for a computer training program teaching senior citizens basic computer and how to use the internet.
  • Wenatchee Valley College Center for Entrepreneurship – $2,500 toward a Community Visioning Process that will gather feedback from citizens across the region on shared values and quality of life that will be used for future economic development planning.

For more information on grant opportunities, visit

Community Foundation Awards $57,820 to Local Music and Arts Programs

WoodsFamilyGrantLogoThe Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $57,820 in grants to support music and arts programs in the greater Wenatchee Valley. The grant funding comes from the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund, managed by the foundation.

The Woods Family Music and Arts Fund was established by Wilfred and Kathleen Woods, long time Wenatchee residents who are passionate about music and the arts. Several members of the Woods family are involved in reviewing and recommending grants from the fund.

“Our family feels strongly about furthering music and arts education in our valley” said Rufus Woods, one of the fund’s advisors. “We like to pay particular attention to the underserved children in our valley, so that everyone has a chance to experience the joy of music and art.”

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must have a 501c3 charitable nonprofit status, be a public school or institution, or obtain an eligible fiscal sponsorship. Programs must enhance music and arts experiences or opportunities in Cashmere, Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, or Leavenworth. The grant is offered annually in September, and applicants can request up to $5,000 of support.

The following programs received awards:

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary – $3,500 to purchase Ukuleles for fourth and fifth grade students to check out for extended periods of time to become proficient musicians through daily practice and cultivate a culture of making music in the home.
  • Stage Kids WA (Campbell Children’s Theatre Foundation) – $2,500 to expand and enhance classes to include vocal training, set design, and costume design instruction for a youth theater program that offers seasonal musical theater productions, summer camps, and training for ages 4-13.
  • Icicle Arts – $1,000 to support Art Academy Scholarships for under-privileged and gifted arts students the opportunity to attend a variety of visual art classes taught by local professional teaching artists.
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $2,500 to help support world-class artist performances as part of the Classical Music Series, which runs from October 2014 to June 2015.
  • Mariachi NCW Festival – $2,000 to help support professional mariachi musicians to conduct workshops for students attending the festival, which focuses on the importance of higher education and personal growth through learning with professional musicians with emphasis on Mexican and Latino heritage.
  • North Central ESD Educational Foundation – $5,000 toward the foundation’s teacher grants program, specifically for music and arts enrichment activities and programs that support student achievement.
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – $5,000 to support the performance of Sebastien de la Cruz, a nationally known mariachi performer, along with Wenatchee’s Mariachi Huenachi, to celebrate, honor, and showcase the contributions of the Latino community.
  • Pybus Market Charitable Foundation – $1,500 to subsidize travel costs for school districts and professionals to perform at Pybus to help increase a musical presence in the community.
  • The Grief Place – $4,000 to support Art with Heart, a program that has developed evidence-based therapeutic books and programs to help children overcome trauma through creative expression.
  • Upper Valley Connection – $2,000 to support the annual Theater Camp, which brings over 100 people from around the state, to provide a theater performance and camp experience for those with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Washington Elementary School – $1,120 for an Artist in Residency program for kindergarten students to learn and experience drawing and watercolors from local artist Terry Valdez.
  • Washington Elementary School – $700 to purchase Bass, Tenor, Alto, and Soprano recorders to establish a Recorder Ensemble for fifth graders with interest to gain experience in reading music, rehearsing and performing together as an ensemble.
  • Wenatchee After School Programs – $5,000 to support an art project developed for After School Programs at Columbia, Mission View, Orchard and/or Pioneer that will result in visible art for the community.
  • Wenatchee Jazz Workshop – $4,000 to bring professional jazz musicians to the Wenatchee Valley that will provide a week-long workshop featuring several days of intense instruction, culminating with two public performances.
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center – $5,000 for program fees related to the NCW Juried Art Show, hosted by the museum, which provides an opportunity for emerging, professional, and local artists to showcase their work and the community an opportunity to view various forms of art.
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $2,500 to support their 2014-2105 season soloists, including violinist Maia Travers and Soprano Kari Ragan.
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $5,000 to support an Art Therapist for the Bruce Housing program to expand cultural awareness, encourage self-expression, self-discovery, and emotional growth for homeless adults and families.
  • MAC Gallery at Wenatchee Valley College – $3,000 to support the Music and Arts Gallery’s season programming for 2014-2015 to include a higher level of artist participation and enhancing the community experience through a broader range of contemporary art.

The next Woods Family Music & Arts Grant opening will be September 2015. For more information on grant opportunities at the Community Foundation, visit

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.


Endowment Grant Awarded to Numerica Performing Arts Center

Community Foundation staff and board members surprise Numerica PAC with the Endowment Grant Award at their Annual Patron Meeting.

Community Foundation staff and board members surprise Numerica PAC with the Endowment Grant Award at their Annual Patron Meeting. (Left to Right: Denise Sorom, Jeff Ostensen, Matt Cadman, Darci Waterman, Lisa Day, Mark Spurgeon, and Katie Pauly)

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded a $50,000 Endowment Grant to the Numerica Performing Arts Center (PAC). Offered every other year, this competitive grant is awarded to one nonprofit organization that demonstrates the strength, support, and ability to grow an Endowment Fund. An endowment provides long-term sustainability for an organization through an annual stream of income that grows over time. As gifts to the Endowment Fund increase, so does the income.

Endowment Grant applicants were reviewed on a number of criteria, including service to community, financial stability, strategic planning, fundraising capacity, and the impact an Endowment Fund would make on their organization.

An Endowment Grant Committee comprised of foundation staff and board members selected five finalists who then participated in an in-depth interview with the committee for final evaluation. The other finalists were the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, NCW Business Loan Fund, Wenatchee Valley YMCA, and the Women’s Resource Center.

“It was a very difficult decision, as all finalists are extraordinary organizations with strong leadership” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy. “The passion and vision that the Numerica PAC demonstrated during their interview was palpable and the committee was convinced that they are poised to launch a successful endowment campaign with this grant.”

The Endowment Grant was awarded at the Numerica PAC’s Annual Patron Meeting on September 25, in surprise fashion to Matt Cadman, Executive Director, board members and patrons in attendance. Community Foundation staff and board members appeared onstage during the meeting with the award.

“We were incredibly humbled to be in the company of such deserving finalists, and are so inspired to have been awarded this grant” said Cadman.  “It is a real game changer for the future of the Numerica PAC. We will carry this momentum into our imminent endowment campaign. I have big dreams for this precious theater, and one of them just came true!”

The next opportunity for an Endowment Grant will open in February of 2016.

Five Finalists Announced for $50,000 Endowment Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW has announced the five finalists for a $50,000 Endowment Grant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and the Numerica Performing Arts Center, NCW Business Loan Fund, Wenatchee Valley YMCA, and the Women’s Resource Center.

The Endowment Grant will provide one organization with a $50,000 endowment fund at the foundation. An endowment fund provides long-term sustainability for an organization through an annual stream of income. The principal of the fund is invested, with an annual disbursement back to the organization based on a spending policy, typically around 5% of the fund.

Grant applicants were asked to respond to various operating aspects of their organizations, such as service to community, financial stability, strategic planning, fundraising capacity, the impact an endowment fund would make on their organization, and plans for growth.

“It was challenging to narrow the field to five finalists” said Katie Pauly, the foundation’s board chair, “but we felt these five really demonstrated their mission’s impact reaching into the region, showed strong community support, a readiness to grow their endowment, and strong staff and board teams.”

Each of the finalists will participate in an in-depth interview with a team of foundation staff and board members for another level of evaluation. “This is a competitive grant that we take seriously” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy, “We consider this grant an investment in an organization that is prepared for another level of stability and service to the community.”

The Endowment Grant award recommendation will be brought to the board on September 16th and the final award recipient will be announced September 17th. For more information on the Endowment Grant and other Community Foundation grant opportunities, visit

Community Foundation Invests $100,000 Toward Fire Relief Recovery

Sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Hazy sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Employment of Disaster Case Managers in Okanogan and Methow Valley to Aid Fire Victims

The Community Foundation of NCW has invested $100,000 from its general fund toward long-term recovery efforts for fire relief victims in Okanogan County.

The funds will be used to employ Disaster Case Managers that will work with individuals to access resources and determine options available for those that have been displaced from their homes and workplace.

The Disaster Case Managers will be stationed at three locations: Okanogan Community Action Council in (OCAC) in Okanogan, Room One in Twisp, and the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Pateros.

Disaster Case Managers are important to long-term recovery, which can span several months to a couple of years. Victims can work with one manager throughout their recovery – only having to tell their story one time – and receive personal, one-on-one assistance.

Disaster Case Managers are skilled and trained to offer guidance through processes and paperwork that is often necessary to apply for loans, financial aid, and provide information on resources available and how to access them. The number of Disaster Case Managers is still to be determined and will depend on case load.

The foundation will work closely with the Disaster Case Managers to determine additional needs for victims and use that data to develop criteria that allows for fair and equitable disbursement of donations to directly support victims. These direct-support funds would come from the NCW Fire Relief Fund, which has received $234,720 in donations and continues to grow, thanks to ongoing contributions and community fundraisers.

Disaster Case Managers will be available to provide assistance by the end of August. Contact one of the sites for more information:

Okanogan Community Action Council |  424 South 2nd Ave, Okanogan | (509) 422-4041

Room One  | 315 Lincoln St, Twisp | (509) 997-2050

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) | Opening Soon at the old grocery store in Pateros

For more information and to stay updated on the NCW Fire Relief Fund efforts, visit

Community Foundation Awards $136,125 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $136,125 in Regional Impact Grants to 43 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for nonprofit programs that work to meet community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. A competitive grant program offered in the Spring and Fall, Regional Impact Grants provide one of the only grant funding resources for many of these nonprofit organizations.

This year the foundation received a record 69 applications. Each applicant is visited by a team of staff and board members to learn more about the proposed projects and are evaluated using a rated scoring sheet; final awards are approved by the board of trustees.

The foundation received $20,000 from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation to be directed toward the Regional Impact Grants. In addition, the new Partners in Giving program allocated $5,000 to help increase the grant awards.

“We know there are so many nonprofits doing great work in our communities, and so many of them need our help” said Lisa Day, a member of Partners in Giving and also a foundation board member. “With so many applicants, we knew additional funding would be a huge help. This program was created for this kind of support.”

Partners in Giving provides businesses, families, and individuals who aren’t ready to open a fund an opportunity to support the work of the foundation. The foundation recognizes and appreciates the generosity of both gifts that increased capacity to fund Regional Impact Grant awards by 23%.

The foundation is now accepting applications for Fall Regional Impact Grants at Deadline is September 1.

Spring 2014 Regional Impact Grant Awards

Arts, Culture & Humanities | $27,200

Education | $14,500

Environment/Animal Related | $17,000

Health & Human Services | $68,925

Public/Social Benefit | $8,500


Community Foundation Awards $469,000 in Scholarships to NCW Students

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $469,000 in scholarships to students across North Central Washington – the highest amount ever awarded by the foundation. The foundation received 1,466 applications, another record amount, with 165 students receiving one or more awards.

The foundation manages 90 scholarship awards with varying criteria established by donors. Some focus on areas of study, while others focus on academic achievement, community leadership, first-generation going to college, or providing financial aid to those who need it most.

Alicia Ouellette received the Doell Family Scholarship and will be attending Wenatchee Valley College and plans pursue a degree in English. “I am paying for my education solely on my own, and this financial assistance is an enormous help. I am the first among my family to go to college, and I hope to make my family proud.I only hope that someday I will be given the opportunity to do for someone what you and your family has done for me.”

Elisabet Sitio-Herrera, recipient of the Linda M. Safar Memorial Scholarship, will be attending Gonzaga University this fall. “My long-term goals include receiving my Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I hope to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Without the assistance of this scholarship, I would not be able to reach my education and career goals.”

The scholarship applications are reviewed by committees comprised of volunteers across the region. This year, 216 volunteers reviewed applications then met with their committees to determine award finalists that are approved by the foundation’s board of trustees.

The foundation would like to recognize members of its Partners in Giving program which provided $1,500 in additional awards through a “scholarships roundup”, which rounds awards up to the nearest $50. Partners in Giving is a program designed for businesses, families, and individuals who want to support the work of the foundation but aren’t ready to open a fund.

Applications for 2015 Scholarships will be available on our website in early December. For more information, visit

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