Since 1996, the Whatcom Community Foundation has been committed to building philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital Whatcom County communities. One part of that work involves making grants. These grants support a breadth of issues such as arts and culture, health, education, and environmental sustainability.
2013 Grant Awards 4-16-13 (35)

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

Special Project Grants:
Project Neighborly – we invite local nonprofits to share best ideas for building connections and working together. Project Neighborly fuels efforts to increase kindness and curiosity, and build trust among the people who share this place. The Community Foundation will award grants (up to $5,000 each) to support inspiring, actionable, relevant projects and activities that develop a sense of community and promote neighborliness throughout the rural and urban areas of Whatcom County. Applications were due  November 30th, 2016 by 5pm.

Donor-recommended grants: The Community Foundation stewards 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: The Community Foundation has several funds that award grants on a competitive basis. Some of the grants have a specific focus area. Others, such as grants from the Fund for Whatcom County are more broadly designed to meet our community’s changing needs. Proposals for all funds are typically accepted in January of each year.




How to Apply

The Foundation’s competitive grant program typically has one grant round per year with deadlines early in the year.

The next grant round dates will be posted in November 2016

  • Online Application Posted on Website | Early December date TBA
  • Applications Due | Mid January date TBA
  • Grant Awards Announced | Early Spring

Please read our principles and policies  to familiarize yourself with our process.

Sample budget template Excel download / PDF

Photo release form to use for grant report photos / PDF


 Funding Available for Whatcom Community Foundation’s Competitive Grants
The amount of funding available in each field of interest varies depending on annual donations and income available from designated and unrestricted funds. We anticipate having annual funds available in the following fields:

Arts and Culture
Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Fund (see below)                   
Children with Special Healthcare Needs (see below)
Mental Health                                           
Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund (see below)   
South Fork Community Fund (see below)  
Youth and Family
Early Childhood Education/health

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 of a type or amount not usually required by children.

Bellingham 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 Bellingham Youth Philanthropy Committee made up of Bellingham 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
Funding for outdoor youth activities, programs, equipment and conservation efforts primarily related to hunting and fishing. 

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