Grantmaking is one way we make a difference.
We offer funding opportunities that support nonprofit charitable organizations, public institutions and native tribe members working to help Whatcom County communities flourish. Grants are made available through established funds and gifts from donors.

The competitive grant review process seeks to identify projects and programs with the greatest potential to create an environment where everyone who lives here thrives.
We encourage you to review our grant offerings listed below to determine the best fit for your project. We strongly recommend reviewing our Grant Guidelines before you start your application. Community groups may find a nonprofit charitable organization, public institution or tribe to serve as a fiscal sponsor in seeking grant funding. Please call us for more information about how that might work.

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

Grant Application Dates:

Project Neighborly – Opens December 7, Deadline February 15 at 3PM
Foundation staff will provide 3 drop-in Project Neighborly technical assistance sessions January 9 and 16 and February 6, 10:30AM-12:30PM in our conference rooms
Youth Philanthropy Project Environmental Grant Round Opens December 7, Deadline February 15 at 3PM
Funds for Whatcom County – Opens August 1, Deadline October 1 at 3PM (Please Note Timing Change!)
Brian and Marya Griffin Community Fund – Applications due by February 15 & October 1 at 3PM
Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund – Applications due by February 15 & October 1 at 3PM
South Fork Community Fund – Opens February 1, Deadline May 1 at 3PM

Please login to our online Grants Portal for grant applications and grant reporting 

  • Applying: Login to the grants portal and click the apply tab at the top of your dashboard.
  • Reporting: Login to the grants portal and note that the 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 Grants Portal Instructions: Click HERE  to learn how to create a new account and more.