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 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.
Funds for Whatcom County
All Competitive Grant Round Information
- Awards are made annually through a competitive process
- Online Application Posted on Website | December 12, 2016
- Applications Due | January 13th, 2017 by 4pm
- Grant Awards Announced | Early Spring
We highly recommend using the PDF copy of the application below to formulate your answers ahead of time as you cannot save the online form and return to it later. You will also need to have the required attachments ready to upload, which are listed at the end of the application.
- Fiscal Sponsored Application & PDF copy (if you are none of the above, you will need a Fiscal Sponsor agreement with one of the above types of organizations to eligible)
Please read Competitive Grant Principles and Policies, as we recently updated them.
Please provide us a one page update on any active competitive grant with us. You can email this to Pamela Jons (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funds for Whatcom County Available for 2017 Competitive Grants
Funding amounts vary depending on annual donations and income available from endowments. We anticipate having funding available in the below fields:
Arts and Culture
Bellingham 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.
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 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.