The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $98,605 into the community through its fourth quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants opportunity. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 8 grants that totaled $98,605 in discretionary funding. “We saw many requests from first-time applicants and that is exciting,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We try to promote ourselves as a resource for all types of organizations doing good work in the community, and these groups are all making a tremendous difference.”
The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: the Alano Club of Aberdeen for a new torch down roof and roof repair, Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor for the Parent Child Assistance Program, Coastal Harvest for the Equipment Maintenance Partnership, Grays Harbor College for the Grays Harbor Poverty Training Initiative, Grays Harbor College Foundation for World Class Scholars, Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation for Tree House: A Place for Families, Pacific Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America for Restroom Renovations at Camp Thunderbird, and South Sound Parent to Parent for the Birth to Three Early Intervention Program.
Grants Committee Chair Dr. Dave Westby noted the variety of applications, “We received some applications from organizations we have a long history with and have worked together many times in the past, and some applications from nonprofits we were not aware existed in our own backyard.” Westby explained that is one of the advantages to working on the Grants Committee. “We learn about some really cool projects happening right here that are affecting the people in our own community. This helps give us a better understanding of what the needs truly are.”