First Federal Community Foundation has selected 19 nonprofit organizations to receive a total of $452,500 in funding during its spring 2021 grant cycle, including a number of nonprofits in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
These nonprofits provide essential services and basic support for individuals and families in need, foundation executive director Jan Simon said.
During this grant cycle, Simon noted, the foundation has directed support to “nonprofits that are working to increase access to food, affordable housing, education, and healthcare, with additional funding directed to organizations that are fulfilling immediate needs that were caused and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Since the foundation began making grants in 2015, it has contributed $4,894,000 to nonprofits in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.
Spring 2021 Grant Awards included:
Coats for Kids: $5,000 Community Support Grant to provide new coats, socks, and shoes to approximately 200 low-income children in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: $50,000 Affordable Housing Grant to establish the infrastructure — including streets, sewer, and utility hook-ups — for 20 units of permanent affordable housing in Port Townsend.
Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: $20,000 COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant to provide emergency food assistance to 300 patients of the hospital, emergency room, family birth center, and primary care clinic, as well as financial aid to Jefferson Healthcare staff to relieve some of the burden of childcare costs.
Olympic Peninsula YMCA: $50,000 Community Development Grant to purchase a refrigerated cargo van to deliver more than 50,000 meals annually to 325 food-insecure Jefferson County children on weekends, non-school days, holiday breaks, and over the summer.
Port Angeles Food Bank: $50,000 Community Development Grant to help fund the purchase of the Food Bank’s “forever home.” This facility will serve more than 500 households weekly, and will include an innovative open market, commercial kitchen, and meeting space.
Port Townsend Marine Science Center: $5,000 Community Support Grant to provide more than 200 low- and middle-income students from Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties with engaging and meaningful science education.
Sequim Education Foundation: $7,500 Community Support Grant to make laptops available to low-income and homeless students in the Sequim School District.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul: $50,000 Community Development Grant to help meet the emergency needs of hundreds of individuals and families in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties who would otherwise have nowhere to turn for help.
The Nature Conservancy: $50,000 Economic Development Grant to support three pilot projects that, when brought to full scale, will create about 30 jobs and generate $10 million in revenue in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.