There are several ways to receive a grant from the Community Foundation:

Donor-recommended grants: We steward a variety of donor advised funds. Grants are awarded from these funds based upon recommendations from the donors who set up the fund or their designated representatives.  Current fund holders can make grant recommendations using this form.

Competitive grants: We hold several Funds for Whatcom County that award grants on a competitive basis. Some of the grants have a specific focus area. Others are more broadly designed to meet our community’s changing needs. Proposals are typically accepted in January of each year.

Please use our online grants portal for grant reporting & competitive/invitational grant applications.

Competitive/Invitation grant applications: login to your account and click on “Apply” at the top of your dashboard. If you have been invited to apply for a grant, click “Apply” at the top of the dashboard and then enter the Access Code that will be provided to you.

Grant reports: login to your account and note that grant report is labeled as a “follow up form” on your dashboard. Click “edit” on the far right to begin your grant report for the appropriate grant (you may have several on your dashboard).

Click HERE for a tips sheet on using this online system and on how to create a new account, if needed.  If you have questions, please email Missy Belles at



Funds for Whatcom County

All Competitive Grant Round Information

Please read Competitive Grant Principles and Policies, as we recently updated them.

 2018 application window is now closed.  Applications are under review.

• Awards made annually through a competitive process
• Online application posted on website | December 1st
• Applications due | January 12th by 4:00PM
• Grant awards announced | March
• Grant award celebration April 19, 2018

If you are applying for the 2018 grant round AND have an active 2017 competitive grant with us, please do the following:

  • If your 2017 competitive grant is complete, please submit final report HERE
  • If your 2017 competitive grant is still active, please email a one page update to Missy at

Sample budget template is provided here:  Excel download / PDF

Since 1996, we have amplified the force of philanthropy – by connecting people, ideas and resources – so that communities flourish. One part of that work involves putting dollars to work by making grants. 

Funds for Whatcom County Available for 2018 Competitive Grants

Funding amounts vary depending on annual donations and income available from endowments. We anticipate funding grants in the below fields:

Arts & Culture
Youth Philanthropy Fund (see below)
Children with Special Healthcare Needs (see below)
Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund (see below)
South Fork Community Fund (see below)
Youth and Family

Children with Special Healthcare Needs: Funding for projects supporting children with special health care needs who are at elevated risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health related services.
Youth Philanthropy Fund for the Environment: Funding for projects focused on the environment in Whatcom County with preference given to those involving youth. Grants screened by the Youth Philanthropy Committee made up of local high school students.
Brian and Marya Griffin Community Fund:  Funding for charitable programs and capital projects benefiting the Arts, Culture and Community Advancement in Whatcom County.
Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund: Outdoor Youth Activities and Equipment (related to hunting, fishing and habitat)  

South Fork Community Fund
Funding for effective educational, social and recreational programs, and services for children, youth and families to help build community in the South Fork Valley area. The fund was established in 2000 to benefit the area of Whatcom County which lies between Mt. Baker Highway on the north, the Whatcom/Skagit County line on the south, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on the east and Stewart and Anderson Mountains on the west, including all of the Highway 9 and Mosquito Lake Road corridors. It may also be used for activities which take place in the Mt. Baker High School complex or other areas when those activities benefit youth and families in the South Fork area. Creative projects are encouraged.

Additional information will be posted as available.

List of Past Grantees

List of Project Neighborly Grantees