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. 

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 grant applicants: 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. Currently, we do not have any open competitive grants.

Please use our online grants portal for grant applications and grant reporting: 

Reporting: 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).

Photo Release: Whatcom Community Foundation photo release form click HERE 

Budget template provided here: Budget Example

Online System Tips Sheet: Click HERE  to learn how to create a new account and more. 

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

If you have questions – please email Missy Belles, Gifts & Grants Administrator, at

Funds for Whatcom County

Competitive Grant Round Information – 2019 grant process and timeline is currently under review

Click here to review the 2018 Funds for Whatcom County Grant-Awards

Funds for Whatcom County – Competitive Grants categories:

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