First Federal aids area nonprofits, sets deadline for next round of grants

The First Federal Community Foundation recently announced the grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in its communities.

The First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in its communities:

• Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County: Awarded a $10,000 challenge grant for renovation of Hospice House facility in Port Angeles.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula: Awarded $10,000 for the Summer Lunch Program, which provides free nutritious meals and snacks at 10 locations in the Port Angeles and Sequim school districts.

• Quilcene Historical Museum: Awarded $5,000 for improvements to the historical Hamilton-Worthington House in Quilcene.

• North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network (“Sarge’s Place”) Awarded $31,300 for improvements to Sol Duc House in Forks.

• Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County: Awarded $50,000 for materials to construct two homes in Port Angeles and Forks.

• Dungeness River Audubon Society: Awarded $100,000 for replacement of the stringers and decking on the Dungeness River Railroad Bridge in Sequim.

• St. Matthew Lutheran Church: Awarded a $25,000 challenge grant for kitchen upgrades to build capacity for the free community meals program in Port Angeles.

• Northwest Maritime Center on behalf of the Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative: Awarded $75,000 for ongoing curriculum development as part of the Port Townsend School District’s Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative.

• Centrum Foundation: Awarded $35,000 for purchase and construction of a new stage for McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

• Kitsap Regional Library Foundation: Awarded a $100,000 challenge grant for purchase of land for the new Central Kitsap library facility in Silverdale.

“We are pleased to announce these inaugural gifts to organizations that are making a difference in our communities,” said foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “It is clear that First Federal’s legacy of making meaningful gifts to its communities is a vital part of its contemporary identity and mission.”

The foundation is accepting applications for its next round of funding. The deadline for submission of grant applications for this funding period is Sept. 1. Interested parties can access grant guidelines and the grant application form at

The First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.