First Federal Community Foundation has issued $400,000 in spring grants to 17 nonprofit organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.
“Having received 44 applications totaling more than $1.6 million in funding requests, and with great need in our communities, the awards process was challenging,” said Norman J. Tonina, president of the foundation’s board.
“As our communities are still recovering from the toll of COVID, the foundation focused its giving on supporting youth, veterans, families and the uninsured in the face of devastating health and financial impacts of the pandemic,” Tonina said.
“We also supported innovative projects that are intended to stimulate economic recovery and sustainability, and efforts to expand access to housing and quality childcare,” said Jan Simon, the foundation’s executive director.
Recipients of First Federal Community Foundation’s Spring 2022 grant awards in Clallam County include:
• North Olympic Healthcare Network: $25,000 Community Development grant to support the renovation of the new Eastside Health Clinic, which provides community members, regardless of ability to pay, with full-spectrum primary care, behavioral health services and nurse care management, expanded COVID testing/vaccination and telehealth capacity, and eye care services.
• North Olympic Foster Parent Association: $5,000 Community Support grant to provide backpacks, school supplies, gifts for the Magical Gift Program and items for the annual Holiday Dinner, to support Clallam County’s foster children and foster families.
• College Success Foundation: $5,000 Community Support grant to provide emergency funding to low-income students in Port Angeles and Bremerton, helping to stabilize their families and supporting them to stay on track in school.
Since it began making grants in 2015, the foundation’s giving totals $5,701,500 to programs that benefit low- to moderate-income, disadvantaged and/or marginalized persons or families in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.
Amounts provided are:
• $1,326,300 to organizations addressing homelessness and the availability of and access to affordable housing;
• $2,355,000 to community development projects;
• $855,200 to organizations providing a wide array of necessary support to communities;
• $945,000 to efforts that stimulate and support economic development;
• $220,000 to organizations addressing hardships caused and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Federal Community Foundation is a private charitable corporation that began making grants in 2015, thanks to a generous gift valued at nearly $12 million from the parent company of First Fed, when the bank was converted to a publicly traded company.
“Since 2015, First Federal Community Foundation has awarded more than $5.7 million to nonproﬁt, tribal and government agencies in Clallam, Jeﬀerson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. The foundation’s partnership with these dedicated organizations to bring resources to those in need has never been more crucial,” said Karen McCormick, foundation board member.
First Fed, the foundation’s sole donor, is a local community bank in Washington state serving customers and communities since 1923, with 16 locations in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.