Grants Awarded from Inception through May 2022

Strengthening Our Communities Since 2015

First Fed 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.

As of June 2022, the Foundation’s giving totals more than $5.7 million. Committed to creating broad impact that benefits low-to-moderate-income, disadvantaged and/or marginalized persons or families in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties, the Foundation has awarded grants to nonprofits, government and tribal organizations and school districts in the following funding priorities:

     $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 our 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.

Total Grants Awarded from 2015 through May 2022: $5,701,500


For a full list of grants awarded since our inception in 2015, click here.


2022 Contributions

Affordable Housing Grants Awarded:

Housing Resources Bainbridge: $50,000 to support 31 households with approximately 65 individuals to become owners of new, permanently affordable homes located on Bainbridge Island, near shopping, schools and parks.

Road2Home: $25,000 to provide six months of funding for the Allyship Program, assisting those living on the streets in Bellingham with navigating social services, developing sustainable life skills, and providing support for healthcare, transportation and emergencies.

Community Development Grants Awarded:

Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers: $25,000 to fund capital improvements, allowing the Center to continue its programs at its current rates in a safe and secure facility.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County: $25,000 to purchase the childcare facility and surrounding property on Yew Street in Bellingham, ensuring the expansion of affordable, quality childcare services.

North Olympic Healthcare Network: $25,000 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.

Community Support Grants Awarded:

College Success Foundation: $5,000 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.

Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit: $7,500 to provide clothing, school supplies, personal care items, learning resources, counseling support and more to 4,000+ students of five middle and high schools in the Bellingham and Ferndale school districts.

Growing Veterans: $7,500 to refurbish the damaged hoop house and procure accessible tools and equipment, increasing the sustainability and impact of the Dirt Therapy Program and donations to Whatcom County food banks.

Jefferson Teen Center: $5,000 to launch a new summer program and maintain programming for middle and high schoolers during the 2022-2023 school year.

North Olympic Foster Parent Association: $5,000 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.

Olympic Angels: $5,000 to recruit and match 16 or more community volunteers with Clallam and Jefferson County foster kids and their foster families, providing long-term mentorships, relationships and support.

The Coffee Oasis: $15,000 to respond to the Surgeon General’s December 2021 Advisory stating that “the effect of COVID on the mental health of America’s adolescents has been devastating,” by providing staff to reach out to and support 300 youth in crisis in Kitsap County.

Vamos Outdoors Project: $5,000 to provide summer programs, in partnership with the Lynden and Bellingham School Districts, for 80 Latine, migrant, and multilingual youth.

Economic Development Grants Awarded:

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship: $50,000 to support up to 60 underserved Clallam and Jefferson County entrepreneurs in starting small businesses that will generate revenue, create jobs and contribute to a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient community.

Northwest Maritime Center: $80,000 to help fund the pilot year of expanded fleet operations, supporting workforce development opportunities for Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap County youth, and stimulating economic development and enhancing visitor experiences in Port Townsend’s business districts.

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: $30,000 funding a dedicated Financial Aid Officer to help incoming classes access federal student aid, veterans’ benefits, third-party scholarships, and other sources of tuition assistance, creating access to workforce skills for students from Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties.

Olympic College Foundation: $35,000 to expand the Promise Program to an additional Kitsap County high school, so that 30 additional low-income students can complete their first year of college tuition-free.


2021 Contributions

Affordable Housing Grants Awarded:

Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County: $100,000 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.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: $50,000 to establish the infrastructure – including streets, sewer, and utility hook-ups – for 20 units of permanent affordable housing in Port Townsend.

Kitsap Community Resources: $50,000 to fund the construction of the Manette Project, which will provide affordable housing and case management support for nine low-income families with children who are formerly or currently homeless.

Parkview Services: $50,000 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: $50,000 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.

Puget Sound Voyaging Society’s Community Boat Project: $30,000 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.

Community Development Grants Awarded:

Forks Community Food Bank: $25,000 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.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: $30,000 to replace and upgrade a fleet of advanced life support defibrillators at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center.

Olympic Peninsula YMCA: $50,000 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 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.

Council of the Olympic Peninsula of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: $50,000 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.

Unity Care Northwest: $50,000 to fund capital expenses for The Way Station in Whatcom County, where individuals and families experiencing homelessness will be able to access needed services and receive assistance in transitioning to sustainable housing.

Community Support Grants Awarded:

Bellingham Public Schools Foundation: $5,000 for the GRADS program, which provides onsite, high-quality childcare and social-emotional support services to low-income teenaged parents, many of whom are homeless and non-English speaking, making it possible for them to focus on, and graduate from, school.

Cascade Medical Advantage: $7,500 to help remove barriers to recovery by offering essential short-term assistance—including food, temporary housing, transportation, and medication—to people in Whatcom County who are engaged in opioid addiction treatment, most of whom are indigent and often homeless.

Coats for Kids: $5,000 to provide new coats, socks, and shoes to approximately 200 low-income children in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic/Sequim Free Clinic: $5,000 to provide free podiatric services to medically underserved, low-income patients in Clallam County.

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

InvestED: $5,000 to provide emergency financial assistance for students of 50 secondary schools in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties.

Kids in Concert: $5,000 to sponsor the participation of 100 Kitsap County children in one of four free summer learning camps.

Kitsap Harvest: $7,500 to fund the build-out of cold storage units, along with a food aggregation station, that will make it possible to provide more fresh and perishable foods to 3,000+ low-income Kitsap County community members.

Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County: $5,000 to replace the greenhouse, which is used to propagate, overwinter and maintain vegetable starts and tender plants grown to provide produce for local food banks.

NAMI of Whatcom County: $5,000 to build capacity to serve the Latinx Community affected by mental illness.

North Kitsap Fishline: $7,500 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.

Opportunity Council: $5,000 to help feed hungry home-bound Whatcom County residents by delivering food from food banks to their homes.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center: $5,000 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 to make laptops available to low-income and homeless students in the Sequim School District.

Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest: $5,000 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: $5,000 to provide mindfulness-based stress management and emotional resiliency training to adolescent students in Jefferson County schools.

Vamos Outdoors Project: $5,000 to provide academic and outdoor programming for approximately 60 Whatcom County migrant youth.

Wild Bird Charity: $5,000 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.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Awarded:

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: $20,000 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.

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center: $15,000 to support the Technology for Accessibility project which will provide the equipment and tech support necessary for staff to focus on providing vulnerable children and their families with long-term mental health care that promotes healing.

Western Washington University Foundation: $25,000 for the Student Emergency Fund, which provides a financial lifeline for students needing support with rent, utilities, groceries, medical and dental bills, and more.

Economic Development Grants Awarded:

Peninsula College Foundation: $25,000 for the Transitional Studies Computer Access Project, which will provide 58 laptops so that 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.

The Nature Conservancy: $50,000 to support three pilot projects that, when brought to full scale, will create approximately 30 jobs and generate $10 million in revenue in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Western Washington University Foundation: $40,000 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.


2020 Contributions

Affordable Housing Grants Awarded:

Bayside Housing & Services: $25,000 for essential services, including transitional housing, meals, and case management assistance in finding jobs and permanent housing, for two Jefferson County families of three for one year.

Jefferson Community Foundation’s Housing Solutions Network: $25,000 to promote Jefferson County’s economic recovery by protecting and expanding the availability of affordable housing for its workforce with “Housing Connections,” a program that trains new landlords, connects them to local lenders for renovations, and also helps match them to renters.

Kitsap Rescue Mission: $50,000 to equip the Mission’s new Port Orchard facility with kitchen equipment and appliances, shelter beds for 80, and furnishings for case management staff.

Lydia Place: $50,000 to break ground on Whatcom County’s Heart House, an 11-unit permanent, supportive, low-income housing project for homeless mothers with children from prenatal through age 5. Heart House will also provide on-site childcare and supportive services to promote long-term stability to disrupt the cycle of homelessness.

Parkview Services: $25,000 to provide no-cost HUD housing counseling services to prevent foreclosures for approximately 40 struggling homeowners in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties.

Serenity House of Clallam County: $30,000 to purchase a service vehicle that provides the maintenance team a secure space for tools and materials, and the mobility required to maintain 75 units of low-income housing, a night shelter, three offices in Port Angeles, Forks, and Sequim, a youth drop-in center, and thrift store.

Community Development Grants Awarded:

Trinity United Methodist Church: $50,000 to make the 149-year-old building, which serves as the only infant and drop-in childcare facility in Port Townsend, fully ADA compliant.

Whatcom Family YMCA: $50,000 to support the construction of a new and larger early learning facility to alleviate the severe childcare shortage in Whatcom County.

Community Support Grants Awarded:

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network: $5,000 for the Grab & Go Meal Program, which provides prepared meals for distribution by three nonprofits on Bainbridge Island and in North Kitsap to people experiencing food insecurity as a result of the current economic crisis.

Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club: $5,000 for full-day childcare services and to meet the growing need caused by COVID-19 for affordable childcare, remote learning support, peer connection, physical activity, and social-emotional growth opportunities.

Blue Skies for Children: $5,000 to provide bicycles and helmets, school-related computers and flash drives, tutoring, graduation fees and more for approximately 40 children, ages 6-18, who are homeless, low-income, or in foster care in Whatcom County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula: $10,000 for the Learning Support Center in Sequim, funding increased staffing, upgraded technology for virtual learning, and new equipment to provide safe, direct educational support for more low-to moderate-income, disadvantaged children, ages 6-18.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County: $10,000 to fund scholarships for 40 children from low-income families to engage in online classes and receive additional academic, emotional, and social support in safe, equipped and supervised distanced learning sites.

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington: $5,000 to fund supplies for the volunteer Olympic Bluebill Builders, retired engineers who install life-saving safety equipment such as access ramps, grab bars, and handrails in the homes of the elderly and those with disabilities in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.

Communities In Schools of Whatcom County: $10,000 to increase trauma-informed, one-to-one and group tele-mentoring for in-risk and at-risk, homeless, and extremely low-income students, connecting them to needed basic resources, technology and a caring adult who will coach them through these difficult times of isolation, frustration and other potential risk factors.

Helpline House: $10,000 to support Helpline House’s Kid’s Pantry Program. This program provides 100 bags of nutritious, kid-friendly foods to meet the weekly needs of Kitsap County’s children, which is particularly needed now that free or reduced-price lunch through schools is not available.

Jefferson County Farmers Markets Association: $10,000 to strengthen the food security of those with low incomes by offering a dollar-for-dollar match when shoppers use SNAP or other food assistance currencies to purchase nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables at any of seven farmers markets in Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam Counties.

Kitsap Conservation District: $5,000 for the Farm-to-Food Bank Program, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms to the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition, providing hungry community members with healthy food while also supporting a vibrant local farm economy.

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center: $5,000 to serve immigrant families affected by the pandemic by providing rent, energy, legal and food assistance, and more.

Morningside: $5,000 for the High School Transition Program, a skill-building, weekly job club which prepares Clallam County students with disabilities, ages 16-21, for work, inclusion, and independence after graduation.

North Olympic Foster Parent Association: $5,000 to update the clothing closet with new and necessary items, purchase backpacks and school supplies, and furnish items needed for the Annual Holiday Dinner, all in support of Clallam County’s foster children and foster families.

Northwest Youth Services: $10,000 for the REVIVE Behavioral Health Program, which provides access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment for Whatcom County’s low-income youth and young adults experiencing housing instability and homelessness.

Olympic Angels: $5,000 to engage 80 new community volunteers to provide long-term relational support, and make deep connections with 30 new foster children and their caretakers in Jefferson and Clallam Counties in the year 2021.

Port Angeles Food Bank: $10,000 to support the food bank in optimizing their operations, developing staff and board capacity, and growing their volunteer program in preparation for an expected increase in usage caused by the pandemic, as well as the Food Bank’s upcoming move and facility expansion.

Puget Sound Voyaging Society’s Community Boat Project: $5,000 for Shelter From The Storm, a job, leadership and life skills training program, with paid internships for post-high schoolers, ages 18-25, in Jefferson County.

Scarlet Road: $5,000 to increase case management hours and serve more clients through the Aftercare Program in Kitsap County, which empowers survivors of sexual exploitation to achieve self-sufficiency.

Skookum Kids: $5,000 for the Academic Mentors program that serves 60+ Whatcom County foster families by providing weekly one-on-one mentoring for students with a safe and healthy adult to help them catch up and stay on track with their schooling.

Soroptimist International Of Port Angeles Jet Set: $5,000 for Live Your Dreams Awards, a grant program that provides disadvantaged women in Clallam County with resources to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects.

The Answer For Youth: $5,000 for the STAR Lab, providing access to computer labs, 10 months of grade school and high school tutoring, and 12 months of job skills training and job search assistance to homeless, disadvantaged, and marginalized youth and young adults in Clallam County.

Washington State University Kitsap Extension: $5,000 to purchase a movable cold storage trailer system that will allow fresh produce to be transported to and from food access sites for use by Kitsap Harvest and other area nonprofits’ food programs.

Wild Bird Charity: $10,000 for the Wild Bird Starfish Food Bag Program that provides nutritious, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare weekend meals for children who qualify for free or reduced meals in school districts in Whatcom County.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Awarded:

Clallam Community Foundation (United Way of Clallam County): $25,000 for the COVID-19 Fund.

Jefferson Community Foundation: $25,000 for the COVID Emergency Response Fund.

Jefferson County Farmers Markets Association: $12,000 to extend the dollar-for-dollar match when shoppers use SNAP and other food assistance currencies at Farmers Markets in Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam Counties. This additional funding doubles the value of food assistance currencies, strengthens food security and helps sustain local farms and farmers.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation‘s Healthcare Worker Assistance Fund: $10,000 to underwrite a portion of the cost of childcare for Jefferson Healthcare staff, relieving some of the burden so they may continue working in pharmacy, nursing, registration, oncology and throughout Jefferson’s Healthcare System.

Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap: $25,000 for the Unity in the Community Fund.

Olympic Medical Center Foundation in Port Angeles: $16,000 to purchase COVID-19 testing equipment, increasing the region’s rapid testing capabilities for residents across the North Olympic Peninsula.

The Arc of the Peninsulas: $22,000 to fund the Full Circle Meals Program, providing meals to the underserved and those on the “front lines” during the COVID crisis, while supporting the Kitsap restaurant community and helping to restore the local economy.

Whatcom Community Foundation: $25,000 for The Resilience Fund.

Economic Development Grants Awarded:

Key City Public Theatre: $30,000 for the completion of the Facility Expansion and Improvement Project, to provide for better accessibility, address COVID-related safety issues, and reopen the Theatre, which contributes to the sustainability of Port Townsend’s historic districts.

Port Angeles Waterfront Center’s Field Arts & Event Hall: $50,000 to achieve the cost and energy-saving benefits of LEED Certification for this facility, which will leverage the jobs, taxes and revenues resulting from millions of people visiting the Olympic Peninsula annually.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program: $65,000 for an events and marketing campaign that supports the sustainability of local businesses, increases Port Townsend’s visibility and attracts people and spending to the business districts that have been hard hit economically by the pandemic.


For a full list of grants awarded since our inception in 2015, click here.


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