Project Neighborly 2018: Grantees Selected

 “People can imagine and bring remarkable things to life if you invite them to be creative,” said Community Foundation CEO Mauri Ingram. “Project Neighborly grants add a little fuel to those great ideas. The 2017 projects proved that truly amazing things can be accomplished when people roll up their sleeves to focus on the one thing that we all have the most control over: how we make this place feel.”

For this year’s Project Neighborly award round, we asked Whatcom County for ideas that promote neighborliness and over 46 proposals were submitted.  

Proposals for projects like an interactive art installation that travels around on a bike trailer sparking creative conversation; a kayaking expedition that pairs rural and urban high school students to get to know each other while exploring and learning about our corner of the Salish Sea; activities that bring together families from other nations who are new to the area; an inter-generational community dinner at the Lynden Senior Center; skill sharing in the South Fork Valley; and, a language exchange in the Birchwood neighborhood of Bellingham.  View the list of grantees here: Project Neighborly 2018

Local groups will receive grants ranging from $1,981 to $5,000 for projects designed to connect people, ideas and resources so that everyone who lives here thrives. The Whatcom Community Foundation is committed to this ideal and is investing nearly $100,000 in Project Neighborly.  

“This is just another example of the spirit that exists here in Whatcom County making it a privilege to be residing in this part of the country,” said Fred Sheppard, Resource and Development Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Whatcom County.

As your Community Foundation, we have the privilege of connecting people and resources to encourage ideas that inspire connection and help make Whatcom County a wonderful place to live and thrive and we couldn’t do it without you. We are grateful for you, our community, and look forward to sharing Neighborly stories soon.

You can contribute to the Project Neighborly grant pool by making a gift HERE or mailing your contribution to: Whatcom Community Foundation, 1500 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 202, Bellingham, WA 98225.