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Grants Awarded from Inception through November 2021

Improving Our Communities Since 2015

 

First Federal Community Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities in which First Federal Bank – the Foundation’s sole donor – maintains full-service branches. Committed to creating broad impact, the Foundation has contributed more than $5 million since its inception in 2015 to the following organizations that provide community support, address the availability of and access to affordable housing, and deliver economic and community development projects in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.

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

 

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.

Quilcene Historical Museum: $7,500 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.

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.

 

2019 Contributions

Affordable Housing Grants Awarded:

Composite Recycling Technology Center: $50,000 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.

Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: $25,000 for the South County Home Repair program, providing much-needed home repairs to families in Jefferson County.

North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network: $25,000 for construction of Hobucket House, a 7-bedroom group home in Forks for disabled vets.

Sustainable Connections: $25,000 to launch the Bellingham for Everyone campaign, aimed at helping the public understand and connect homelessness and affordable housing issues with solutions.

Community Development Grants Awarded:

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula: $25,000 for construction of a new clubhouse in Sequim that will allow more at-risk and disadvantaged kids to receive the benefits of membership.

Dungeness River Audubon Center: $25,000 for reconstruction and expansion of River Center location in Sequim.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: $100,000 to renovate inpatient area of Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center in Port Townsend.

Max Higbee Center: $50,000 to remodel and expand facility for new primary location in Whatcom County.

North Olympic Healthcare Network: $25,000 to equip new seven-chair dental clinic for Medicaid patients in Port Angeles.

Northwest Maritime Center: $50,000 to support the establishment of the new Port Townsend Maritime Academy Skills Center, offered as part of the public education curriculum, and provide for its initial equipment needs.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation: $25,000 to support the new palliative care assistance program for those struggling with chronic and serious illness in Bellingham.

Radio Port Townsend (KPTZ): $50,000 to purchase a transmitter site and develop an emergency program.

Roxy Bremerton: $25,000 to replace the historic theatre’s original and incapacitated “swamp cooler” with a modern HVAC system.

Whatcom Center for Early Learning: $50,000 for capital campaign to remodel and expand capacity of new location in Bellingham.

Community Support Grants Awarded:

Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: $10,000 for new Resource Navigator program, which helps identify the needs of seniors and connect them to resources to address them.

Best Dental Help: $5,000 to expand the delivery of dental services to an additional 400 low-income children in Jefferson and Clallam Counties.

Camp Beausite Northwest: $5,000 to expand current programming for disabled campers attending the camp’s Jefferson County location.

College Success Foundation: $5,000 to underwrite 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.

Community Arts and Recreation Alliance: $5,000 to fund a collaboration with Community Arts & Recreation Alliance and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Teen Work Readiness program to provide career guidance and support – as well as bicycles and bike maintenance skills – to low-income and minority youth.

Girls on the Run of Kitsap County: $5,000 for scholarships for girls from low-income families to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Junior Achievement of Washington: $5,000 to bring financial education and career awareness programs to 20 elementary schools and 450 students in Whatcom County.

Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund: $5,000 to fund transportation services for women undergoing cancer treatment on the North Olympic Peninsula, for whom these costs are a burden.

Kids in Concert: $5,000 to purchase 11 new and used instruments for kids’ programs on Bainbridge Island.

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

Museum and Arts Center in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley: $5,000 to complete construction of new building in Sequim.

Olympic Media: $5,000 to fund two basic emergency two-way radio systems that will provide for the gathering and dissemination of vital information to the Port Townsend community in the event of a disaster.

Olympic Neighbors: $5,000 to support developmentally disabled adult programs at new facility in Jefferson County.

Puget Sound Voyaging Society: $5,000 to fund Shelter from the Storm, a job-training and paid internship project for 18- to 25-year-olds who will construct tiny homes that Bayside Housing will use to address homelessness in Jefferson County.

Recreation Northwest: $5,000 for Parkscription public health campaign in Bellingham.

Scarlet Road: $10,000 for equipment purchase and security enhancements to facility in Bremerton.

South Kitsap Helpline: $5,000 to purchase food needed for Helpline’s food programs that served more than 8,000 low-income children, adults and seniors in 2018.

Western Washington University Foundation: $5,000 to fund a program that engages community members with Western Washington University faculty and students to address real challenges in a low-income, rural community in East Whatcom County.

Economic Development Grants Awarded:

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship: $50,000 to deliver the First Steps business training program to emerging entrepreneurs from low-income and underserved communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Capital, Inc.: $75,000 to create the Emerald Coast Opportunity Zone Prospectus, a marketing tool aimed at maximizing investments in designated zones in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: $25,000 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 Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap Counties.

 

Total Grants Awarded from 2015 through November 2021: $5,309,000

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

 

First Federal Community Foundation Announces 17 Nonprofit Grant Recipients

FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 17 NONPROFIT GRANT RECIPIENTS

Total Giving Since 2015 Surpasses $5 Million

Port Angeles, Washington – First Federal Community Foundation today 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.” These organizations provide housing, food, emergency cash assistance, medical and mental health services, and so much more, she said.

Including this fall grant cycle, the Foundation’s giving in 2021 will total $867,500, said Foundation Board President Norman J. Tonina. “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,” he said.

Committed to improving the quality of life in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties, the Foundation has, in seven years of grantmaking, awarded more than $5.3 million in grants to nonprofits, government and tribal organizations, and school districts. Of that total, grant awards have been made in the following funding categories:

     $1,351,300 to organizations addressing homelessness and the availability of affordable housing;

     $2,280,000 to community development projects;

     $807,700 to organizations providing community support;

     $650,000 to efforts that support economic development;

     $220,000 to organizations addressing hardships caused and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall 2021 Grant Recipients:

Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic/Sequim Free Clinic: $5,000 Community Support grant 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 Community Support grant to provide vouchers for housing and utilities, groceries, transportation, and more for individuals and families in need.

Forks Community Food Bank: $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: $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: $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: $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: $5,000 Community Support grant 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.

North Kitsap Fishline: $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: $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: $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: $25,000 Economic Development grant 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.

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

 

About First Fed, the Foundation’s sole donor:

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 Jan Simon, Executive Director, at jan.simon@firstfedcf.org or 360-417-3112.

Spring 2022 Grant Cycle opens Jan. 1, 2022

Applications for the Spring 2022 grant cycle will be accepted from Saturday, January 1 until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Visit our Grants page to learn more!

First Federal Community Foundation Releases 2020 Annual Report

The year 2020 was, for most of us, overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it wreaked havoc on individuals, families, and communities worldwide. The regions that First Federal Community Foundation supports were not exempt. Our healthcare systems, schools, businesses, community institutions, and community members were stressed as never before.

Yet, as the pandemic tightened its grip on every aspect of our daily lives, the organizations featured in this annual report responded swiftly to mitigate its impact. These nonprofits were creative, agile, resourceful and resilient in assessing and addressing immediate and critical community needs and working to rebuild lives and economies. They served as a lifeline to keep our communities afloat during this troubled time.

We at First Federal Community Foundation are honored to have provided grants to these organizations in 2020-more than 40, with total contributions of $765,000-to support them in fulfilling their critical mission and furthering our shared commitment of strengthening our communities.

“We dedicate this Annual Report to the nonprofits that helped our friends and neighbors in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties weather the storm that was 2020. We extend our appreciation for the positive and significant difference they make. Together, we are strengthening our communities.”

– Norman J. Tonina, Jr., President of the Board

 

Click below to view the 2020 Annual Report:

First Federal Community Foundation Announces 2021 Spring Grant Awards

FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2021 SPRING GRANT AWARDS

19 Local Nonprofits to Share $452,500

Port Angeles, WashingtonFirst Federal Community Foundation has selected 19 nonprofit organizations to receive a total of $452,500 in funding during its spring 2021 grant cycle.

These nonprofits provide essential services and basic support for individuals and families in need in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties, said Foundation Executive Director, Jan Simon.

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.”

Foundation President, Norman J. Tonina, described this year’s spring grant recipients as “organizations that make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable residents, serving as a lifeline – particularly during the pandemic.” He added, “The Foundation is proud to provide financial resources to these effective and responsive nonprofits who change people’s lives for the better, day in and day out.” 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 were made to:

Bellingham Public Schools Foundation: $5,000 Community Support Grant 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 Community Support Grant 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 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.

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

Kitsap Community Resources: $50,000 Affordable Housing Grant 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.

Kitsap Harvest: $7,500 Community Support Grant 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.

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

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.

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

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 approximately 30 jobs and generate $10 million in revenue in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

Unity Care Northwest: $50,000 Community Development Grant 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.

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

Western Washington University Foundation: $25,000 COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant for the Student Emergency Fund, which provides a financial lifeline for students needing support with rent, utilities, groceries, medical and dental bills, and more.

 

About First Federal Community Foundation:

First Federal Community Foundation is a private charitable corporation established with a gift of stock and cash valued at nearly $12 million from the parent company of First Fed, when the bank was converted to a publicly traded company. This gift underscored First Fed’s commitment to continue its tradition of giving back to the communities it serves.

In that same spirit, First Federal Community Foundation is committed to creating broad impact in the communities in which First Fed, the Foundation’s sole donor, maintains full-service branches.

Since the Foundation began making grants in 2015, it has contributed $4,894,000 to nonprofits making a difference in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Whatcom Counties.

About First Fed:

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 Jan Simon, Executive Director, at jan.simon@firstfedcf.org or 360-417-3112.

 

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