First Federal Community Foundation last week announced it has selected 17 nonprofit organizations to share a total of $400,000 in funding during its current grant cycle.
Foundation executive director Jan Simon described the fall grant recipients as “difference-making organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties that bring hope and help to individuals and families in need.”
The organizations provide housing, food, emergency cash assistance, medical and mental health services and more, she said.
Including this fall grant cycle, the foundation’s giving in 2021 will total $867,500, representatives said.
“We are proud to provide resources for these dedicated organizations that are serving as a lifeline and building brighter and better futures for our friends, neighbors, and communities,” foundation board president Norman J. Tonina said.
Fall 2021 grant recipients include:
Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic/Sequim Free Clinic — A $5,000 Community Support grant to provide free podiatric services to medically under-served, low-income patients in Clallam County.
Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County — A $100,000 Affordable Housing grant to purchase 4.5 acres of property within Sequim city limits, on which Habitat will build 30-40 new, permanently affordable homes for ownership by Clallam County residents.
InvestED — A $5,000 Community Support grant to provide emergency financial assistance for students of 50 secondary schools in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties.
Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County — A $5,000 Community Support grant to replace a greenhouse that is used to propagate, overwinter and maintain vegetable starts and tender plants grown to provide produce for local food banks.
Parkview Services — A $50,000 Affordable Housing grant to fund the Homeownership Program, providing no-cost, pre-purchase homebuyer education, housing counseling and down payment assistance to low- and moderate-income people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.
Peninsula Behavioral Health — A $50,000 Affordable Housing grant to fund crucial renovations to the Arlene Engel Home in Port Angeles, an assisted living residence providing specialized care for vulnerable low-income residents with severe and persistent mental illness.
Peninsula College Foundation — A $25,000 Economic Development grant for the Transitional Studies Computer Access Project, that will provide 58 laptops so Clallam and Jefferson County students enrolled in the College’s GED and high school diploma programs will have the tools needed to complete their studies and achieve their educational and professional goals.
Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest — A $5,000 Community Support grant to provide for basic and targeted needs of low-income veterans, single moms and families, homeless adults and children, and women and children fleeing domestic violence in Clallam County.
For more information, contact Simon at email@example.com or 360-417-3112.