First Federal foundation awards $500K in grants

The Board of Directors of the First Federal Community Foundation announced in early November they will make grant awards to local and regional nonprofits, with 19 programs/organizations receiving a total of $500,000.

Clallam-area programs receiving grants include:

• Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Capital, a $75,000 Economic Development grant to create the Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone Prospectus, a marketing tool aimed at maximizing investments in designated opportunity zones in Clallam and Jefferson counties

• Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, a $50,000 Economic Development grant to deliver the First Steps business training program to emerging entrepreneurs from low-income and under-served communities in Clallam and Jefferson counties

• Composite Recycling Technology Center, a $50,000 Affordable Housing grant to construct the first of 24 tiny homes for Pennies for Quarters, a nonprofit providing assistance to homeless veterans and their families in Port Angeles

• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, a $25,000 Community Development grant for construction of a new clubhouse that will allow more at-risk and disadvantaged kids to receive the benefits of membership

• Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: $25,000 Economic Development grant to fund scholarships and state-of-the-art equipment for Marine Systems Training Programs that provide vocational training and career services for low-income students from Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties

• Best Dental Help, a $5,000 Community Support grant to expand the delivery of dental services to an additional 400 low-income children in Clallam and Jefferson counties

• College Success Foundation, a $5,000 Community Support grant underwriting a portion of the costs for 80 low-income, minority and first-generation students from Bremerton and Port Angeles to go on college campus tours in Washington state

• Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund, a $5,000 Community Support grant to fund transportation services for women undergoing cancer treatment and for whom these costs are a burden

• Morningside, a $5,000 Community Support grant for critically needed repairs to Morningside’s Port Angeles offices so it may continue to offer on-site employment support and services to people with disabilities

• Olympic Media, a $5,000 Community Support grant funds two basic emergency two-way radio systems that will provide for the field-gathering and dissemination of vital information to the community in the event of a disaster.

First Federal Community Foundation is a private, 501(c)3 charitable corporation launched in 2015 with a gift of stock and cash from the parent company of First Federal Bank, when the bank was converted to a publicly traded company. See www.ourfirstfed.com.

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