More than 30 Innovative Community Projects Supported by the Fund for Whatcom County

RecreationNW receives a grant for their Parkscriptions project

With help from many local donors, the Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) awarded $220,000 in grants this year from the Fund for Whatcom County. The infusion of resources will bring thirty-one distinct local projects to life over the next 12 months.

President & CEO, Mauri Ingram, remarked “We are committed to creating a place where everyone thrives. These grants exemplify how we can put dollars to work in ways that build neighborliness and catalyze change.”

Many connections were made at the grant awards event on March 22. One grantee commented, “This is a rare and delightful opportunity to learn about projects and nonprofits in our community, such as the incredible resources that Recreation Northwest and the Hearing Speech and Deafness Center are developing for our community through their WCF funded projects.”

Neighbors throughout Whatcom County will benefit from these projects, which include veterans helping each other move through re-entry; local children participating in the symphony, everyone accessing trails more easily; people who are deaf accessing information in their own language about vital services; critical salmon habitat will be restored; teenage parents building skills and resilience; youth and adults who are homeless will have jobs; our immigrant families will have access to legal services; local students enjoying healthy afterschool snacks; senior citizen will receiving meals on wheels; and much, much more.

Organizations receiving grants include:

Allied Arts of Whatcom County
Arc of Whatcom County
Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center
Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Growing Veterans
Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)
Killer Whale Tales for Salish Sea Experience
Lydia Place
Max Higbee Center
Mercy Housing Northwest
Mt. Baker Youth Symphony
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Opportunity Council – Dept. of Early Learning & Family Services
Pickford Film Center
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
Recreation Northwest
Seattle Goodwill Industries
Sustainable Connections
Sylvia Center for the Arts
Whatcom Humane Society
Whatcom Land Trust
Whatcom Literacy Council
Wild Whatcom
WMBC (Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition)
North Cascades Institute
Whatcom Family YMCA
Northwest Youth Services
Whatcom Council on Aging
Bellingham Public Schools Foundation

These grants were made possible by our generous donors and endowed funds:

• Barbara Austin Foote Memorial Fund
• Blythe Cole Busch Fund for Literacy Development
• Calene Cameron LeBeau Memorial Fund
• CMA Fund
• David Edward Fund)
• Gary & Ann Blanken Fund
• Genevieve E. Sharp Fund
• Jeanne & William Carroll Youth & Families Fund
• Lee & RaVae Luckhart Arts & Culture Fund
• Lee & RaVae Luckhart Environmental Fund
• Liam Wood Environmental Fund
• Mary Snapper Fund
• Paul & Ann Hanson Fund for the Environment
• Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund – amount used variable
• Satterberg Foundation
• South Fork Community Fund
• Susan & Loch Trimingham Fund
• Sustainable Whatcom Fund
• Thomas & Jean Crowell Endowment Fund
• Vonda Lynne Polinkus Memorial Fund
• Whatcom Arts and Culture Endowment Fund
• Whatcom Fund for the Environment
• Whatcom Community Foundation Discretionary Funds
• The Able Fund
• David & Jayme Curley Fund
• The Rosenfels Fund

In addition to the funds distributed during the annual grant round, the Community Foundation, has also awarded more than $1.4 million to support additional community projects this year.