GHCF awards $68,779 in Discretionary Grants in the 2nd Quarter

MonteBandThe Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $68,779 into the community through its second quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has been a resource to Grays Harbor County non-profits by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle, and this quarter, the Foundation awarded nine grant awards for discretionary funding. “Offering an online Grant Application process, we believe, has made our program more accessible to organizations around Grays Harbor” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said, “It is important to the Community Foundation that we be open to funding requests from small and large organizations, there are so many great projects out there that are worthwhile investments.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include:
• Bobcat Music Boosters for Marching Equipment
• Elma Band Boosters for Marching Percussion Instruments
• Habitat for Humanity for 2014-15 Build Projects
• Hoquiam School District for the Summer CubMobile program
• Leadership Grays Harbor on behalf of Beyond Survival for Wheels for Beyond Survival
• Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters for Bulldog Instrument Acquisition Project
• Ocosta School District for Summer Fun for Wildcats
• South Beach Christian Outreach for Food Voucher Assistance
• Washington Nonprofits for Grays Harbor Capacity Building

Three of the grant awards to Bobcat Music Boosters, Elma Band Boosters and Montesano Bulldog Band Boosters were supported by a Donor Advised Fund held at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation: the Don and Vera McCaw Family Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support music in Grays Harbor and the donor felt that these three projects would allow continued and unrestricted access to students throughout the county.

Dr. Dave Westby, chair of the Grants Committee noted the variety of projects requesting assistance “There is incredible diversity in our community, there is not a lack of organizations tackling the problems they see in their own backyard. We are pleased to be able to support their efforts in making this county a better place.”