First Federal foundation distributes $400K in grants to nonprofits

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.

East Jefferson Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul — A $5,000 Community Support grant to provide vouchers for housing and utilities, groceries, transportation, and more for individuals and families in need.

Forks Community Food Bank — A $25,000 Community Development grant to underwrite a portion of the wages of the Food Bank’s first—and only—employee, ensuring that it can continue serving as it has for the last 50 years; and fund the purchase of meat and dairy products for distribution to approximately 11,255 families in 2022.

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.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation — A $30,000 Community Development grant to replace and upgrade a fleet of advanced life support defibrillators at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center.

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.

North Kitsap Fishline — A $7,500 Community Support grant for a refrigerated produce case for Fishline’s Healthy Foods Market, a Food Bank that has been operating continuously for more than 50 years and serving as many as 50 Kitsap County households per day, five days a week.

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.

Puget Sound Voyaging Society’s Community Boat Project — A $30,000 Affordable Housing grant funding paid internships for local youth between the ages of 18-24, to learn life skills and carpentry while building tiny houses for the homeless of Jefferson County.

Quilcene Historical Museum — A $7,500 Community Support grant to fund the installation of a backup generator that will make the Museum a place of safety and shelter for the community during power outages or other disasters.

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.

The Benji Project — A $5,000 Community Support grant to provide mindfulness-based stress management and emotional resiliency training to adolescent students in Jefferson County schools.

Western Washington University Foundation — A $40,000 Economic Development grant to support a pilot project intended to deliver free technical assistance (including planning, operations, marketing, sales, government contracting, and more) to Hispanic, Asian, Indigenous, and Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in Whatcom County.

Wild Bird Charity — A $5,000 Community Support grant to support the Wild Bird Starfish Backpack Food Program in providing nutritious, kid-friendly, easy to prepare weekend meals for 350 children who qualify for free or reduced meals in school districts in Whatcom County.

About First Federal Community Foundation, First Fed

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 $5.3 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 is a local community bank serving customers and communities since 1923, with 13 locations in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties. First Fed is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB), a holding company for the bank and other investments.

In 2020, First Fed bank and foundation donated over $1 million to nonprofit organizations and First Fed’s team volunteered over 2,400 hours with nonprofits.

For more information, contact Simon at or 360-417-3112.

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