2nd Quarter Grants

Community Foundation awards $133,965 in Capital Project Grants and $44,973 in Discretionary Grants in the 2nd Quarter

After receiving many inquiries about funding for nonprofit capital projects, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation decided to deal with this increasing trend head-on. They wanted Grays Harbor’s nonprofit organizations to have the highest quality and most efficient physical spaces and supporting infrastructure possible to be best able to serve the community. They felt that the best solution was to create an initiative separate from the normal Quarterly Discretionary Grants Program, where all nonprofit organizations had an equal opportunity to present their needs and to develop funding solutions. With the recent budget cuts at the regional, state, and national level the Foundation realizes these capital dollars are more vital than ever.

The Community Foundation received an overwhelming response of 22 total applications for the Capital Project Initiative from a variety of types of Organizations for a variety of types of projects. Applications came to us from all corners of the county and the committee was very pleased to learn more about all of these organizations serving our community.

Of the 22 proposals, the committee chose to fund 5 extraordinary projects. The 7th Street Theatre will be receiving funding towards a new HVAC system, The Polson Museum received funding for their third phase of the Railroad Camp Project, Coastal Harvest received funding for a backup Generator, St. Mary’s School received funding for a new playground, and Montesano Girls Softball Association received funding for purchasing turf for 3 softball fields.Aberdeen School District Orchestra

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation also awarded a total of $44,973 to six organizations via their first quarter grants cycle.

The music of cellos, violins, and violas coming from Aberdeen Schools will be a little louder very soon. The Grays Harbor Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to Aberdeen School District, championed by orchestra teacher Karen Meikle, for instruments for student rental and use. The purchase of musical instruments for the orchestra is a great match to the Foundation’s Giving Priority: Provide Broad Access to Arts, Culture and History. Broaden community engagement and access through support for programs that encourage participation in the arts through schools and the broader community. This grant will provide access to instruments to students of all ages and all income levels for many years to come.

Other awardees this grants cycle include the City of Ocean Shores for the Surf and Rescue Team, Dispute Resolution Center for their Parent/Teen Mediation Program, Oakville School District for their Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program, Ocosta School District for their Summer Programs, and Save the Children for Early Steps to School Success in Lake Quinault and Taholah.

The Grants Committee was intrigued by all of the applicants for both the Capital Project Initiative and Discretionary Programs. “I believe this opened our eyes to some of the unseen needs in our community.” Grants Committee Chair Dr. David Westby said, “This Capital Project Initiative was something we have never done before, and it was a great learning experience. Although we were not able to fund all of the proposals we were certainly inspired by what these organizations are accomplishing.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.”  This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550

You may find out more by checking the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  info@gh-cf.org.