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Helping Hands Grants

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For requests up to $2500, this grant program is intended to support unexpected needs or special funding opportunities where a small investment could make a big difference. Applications can be submitted anytime, year-round. Funds are awarded every other month and must be spent within six months.

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Helping Hands grants are designed to:

  • Take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity; and/or
  • Provide equipment or resources that could not have been anticipated or budgeted for; and/or
  • Make a time-sensitive investment in a program or resource that will result in meaningful impact.

Helping Hands grants are not intended to:

  • Support annual fund drives
  • Pay down deficits
  • Reimburse previously incurred expenses

Decisions are made at the Board of Trustees meetings in January, March, May, July, September, and November. In most cases, applications received three weeks in advance of a board meeting will receive an award decision shortly after that board meeting.

Applications Received Before: Decision at Board Meeting On:
June 26, 2018 July 17, 2018
August 28, 2018 September 18, 2018
October 30, 2018 November 20, 2018
December 26, 2018 January 15, 2019
February 26, 2019 March 19, 2019
April 30, 2019 May 21, 2019
June 25, 2019 July 16, 2019

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Grants are for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, with the exception of those that serve the Methow Valley. Government entities, (excluding public educational institutions,) and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)1 or 170(b)1A are also eligible. All other organizations are required to have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor prior to submitting a grant request.
  • Multiple Helping Hands grant applications in any one grant cycle from the same organization are not acceptable (exception is for organizations acting as fiscal sponsor for community projects or programs). Regional Impact Grants and Helping Hands grants are separate programs; an application in one program does not preclude an organization’s ability to apply for the other.
  • Grantees who have received a Helping Hands grant must wait one year before reapplying.
    Site visits may be conducted on an as-needed basis.
  • Grant funds must be expended within six months of award date.
  • Final grant evaluation reports will be required to be submitted by the grantees or fiscal sponsors. Organizations that fail to submit final grant reports will be ineligible to apply for further funding from CFNCW.
  • Grant applicants must be responsible fiscal agents practicing general accepted accounting principles. CFNCW will ascertain this through financial statements provided in the grant application.
  • No grants will be made specifically for religious purposes but can be made to religious organizations for general community programs. (see CFNCW’s policy on funding for faith-based organizations)
  • No grants will be made for projects, programs, and/or equipment that were completed or acquired prior to the scheduled grant award date.
    The Board of Trustees is responsible for final grant decisions and authorizes distribution of grants pursuant to these and other guidelines established by the Community Foundation.


Grant Reports

All grant recipients are required to submit a Grant Report 45 days after the close of the grand period indicated on the Grant Agreement. Future grant requests will not be considered if reports on previously funded projects are outstanding.

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Comments (11)

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    Kayla Gonzalez

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    Looking for a grant to go for my lpn classes.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Kayla,
      Are you looking for scholarships for your LPN courses? We do have a few scholarships available for nursing students. You will need to go to http://www.cfncw.org/scholarships and click on “Apply Now”, create an account, and an eligibility quiz will show you if there are any scholarships fit for your needs.
      If you need help or have further questions, contact our Director of Education Programs Erika Orsulak at erika@cfncw.org or call (509) 663-7716.
      Good luck!
      Jennifer Dolge

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    Gary Myers

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    Could this grant be used by the Lake Chelan museum to purchase the equipment needed to preserve fragile audio tape interviews with local historical figures by converting them to digital form. This equipment would most likely include an analog tape player and computer plus connections.
    Thank you for any insight or suggestions.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Gary,
      Apologies for getting back to you so late in regards to your comment on our website in April – you were asking if our Helping Hands grant could support preservation of some historical tapes at the museum. Both our Helping Hands and Regional Impact Grants are open to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, which I believe your museum qualifies. You’ll just want to review the criteria to see where this project best fits, depending on how much you need, its urgency, etc.

      Helping Hands is up to $2,500 and Regional Impact has no funding cap, but generally no more than $10,000 and is combined with our annual Give NCW campaign where we ask the public to help donate a portion of your request.

      https://cfncw.org/helpinghands/
      https://cfncw.org/regionalimpactgrant/

      Review the terms for each, and if you have further questions, call or email our Director of Community Grants, Claire Oatey, at 509-663-7716 or claire@cfncw.org.

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    Mandla

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    Good afternoon
    We need help concerning the funding. We are the non- profit organisation that is specializing with taking care of children who are living with disability ,orphans and dropping centre. Our organisation is situated at KZN in rural areas.

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hello Mandla,
      We provide grant funding to 501c3 nonprofit organizations serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. If you are serving these areas and are a qualified nonprofit, you can apply for funding through our Helping Hands Grant (up to $2,500) or Regional Impact Grant (no funding cap, but generally no more than $10,000). Take a look at the terms for each to see which best fits your program. If you have further questions, contact our Director of Community Grants, Claire Oatey, at 509-663-7716 or claire@cfncw.org.

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    Nakia

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    Hello,
    Hope all is well. I am in the process of starting a public homeschool for my community. I will be offering programs for K-12 and also adults who would like to gain there High School Diploma. The program is in need of 4 computers and a wireless printer. Does my program qualify?
    Thank you!

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Nakia,
      Our grants are only open to 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public schools serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. We do not provide funding for private schools.

        501(c)(3) organizations that run education programs that expand and enhance learning opportunities at public schools should apply for funding through our Regional Impact Grant program or the Methow Valley Fund, depending on where services are provided.
        PTAs and education foundations the provide direct financial support to public schools are ineligible for Regional Impact Grants and must seek support through the Stronger Schools or STEAM Teacher Grants as appropriate.

      If you have further questions, please contact our Director of Community Grants, Claire Oatey, at 509-663-7716 or claire@cfncw.org.

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    Darrielle Slater

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    Hey I’m looking for a grant to help with CNA courses and help me with my child

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      Jennifer Dolge

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      Hi Darrielle,
      The Helping Hands Grants are only eligible to nonprofit organizations, not individuals. However, we do offer scholarships that are specific to health and nursing degrees. The deadlines may have already passed (they vary), but you can learn more here: https://cfncw.org/scholarships/. Please call us at 509-663-7716 or email allison@cfncw.org if you have questions about the scholarships. Best of luck to you!
      Jennifer Dolge

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