Community Foundation awards $215,306.00 in Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $215,306.00 into the community through our 3rd quarter grants cycle. This quarter, we offered a new Capacity Building Initiative that offered operational support to our local nonprofits as well as After-School funding for school districts and programs in Grays Harbor.

The organizations that were funded through our discretionary grants program quarter include:

American Cancer Society-increasing colorectal screenings in Grays Harbor

Breast Cancer Alliance Fund– assistance with PUD bills for cancer patients

Child Care Action Council– Raising a Reader

Community Youth Services– Haven House Shelter Services

First Presbyterian Church- Recovery Grays Harbor

Hoquiam Food and Clothing Bank -backpack program

Hoquiam High School– Grizzly Fusion Mentor Program

Lake Quinault School District– fine arts field trips and after-school gardening program

McCleary School District– playground refurbishment

Montesano Community Outreach- summer art camp

Neighborhood Housing Service– Sunrise Court Playground Renewal Project

Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Coastal and SW WA– 2016-2017 Conference

Olympic Area Agency for Aging of Grays Harbor– senior emergency funds

The ARC of Grays Harbor- building remodels

Washington State University Foundation– Grays Harbor College Extension’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Westport South Beach Historical Society– McCausland Hall upgrades

Our Capacity Building Initiative saw great success this quarter as a brand new offering to our local nonprofit agencies with the intent of building up their internal capacity. This quarter we awarded $50,000 total to 10 different agencies for the following projects:

Coastal Harvest– technology upgrades

Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific County-implementation of a Spanish Mediation Program

Grays Harbor CASA– IT core upgrade

Grays Harbor College Foundation– donor software

Habitat for Humanity Grays Harbor– technology improvements

North Beach Artists Guild– infrastructure regrowth

The ARC of Grays Harbor– accessible transportation services

Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Foundation– website design and brand relaunch

Westport South Beach Historical Society– collections capacity and modernization training

YMCA of Grays Harbor– Camp Bishop Master Planning

Finally, our annual After-School grants cycle awarded four awards to the following schools for their after school programs:

McCleary School District

McDermoth Elementary

Montesano Community Outreach

YMCA’s Harbor After-School Program

Program Officer, Jessica Hoover commented that “Each quarter we are seeing a significant increase in the number of applications we receive and this quarter was a record breaking quarter for the Foundation. With the offering of our new Capacity Building Initiative, it was great to see organizations that have never applied for funding from us come to us with projects they believe will help improve their day to day operations. There are so many agencies doing good work in our community and we recognized something as simple as updating old technology for these organizations will help them with their donor outreach and long-term sustainability.”

You may find out more by checking the foundation website or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at Our next grants deadline is October 3rd at 5:00PM.