The Whatcom Community Foundation has distributed more than $163,000 in grant funding to support 29 local projects.
Funding was made possible largely thanks to community donations, Foundation Fund holders and a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Included in these grants is support for Brigid Collins Family Support Center for improving classroom performance and academic achievement for children with Adverse Childhood Experiences, ReUse Works to develop their Jobs From Waste program, the Whatcom County Council on Aging supporting their sustainability for theBellingham Senior Nutrition Program, and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association for the Liam Wood Fly Fishers and River Guardians.
Additionally, Lummi Nation School received funds for developing a Young Native Women Empowerment program; The Jazz Project will use funding for the Piano Liberation Organization, a piano placement program where pianos are rescued and restored and placed with first time piano students and families in need; Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s grant will help them to provide the Stable Home Mediation Program to our community through the provision of effective and expedient relief to homeowners in foreclosure who are in need of both direct communication with their lenders, and a plan for how to move forward.
Funding will also enable the Lynden Heritage Foundation to provide the Alaska Canadian Highway Trip Through Time web-based game that will give players an opportunity to travel the Al Can Highway. They will progress through challenges based upon the history and cultures associated with the highway.
Other organizations receiving competitive grants include: Columbia Legal Services, The Bellingham Public School Foundation, Whatcom Parks & Recreation Foundation, ARC of Whatcom County, Northwest Youth Services, FutureWise Whatcom, Animals as Natural Therapy, Project Homeless Connect, The Western Foundation, Whatcom Literacy Council, Center for Local Self-Reliance, 4th Corner Fly Fishers, South Fork Valley Community Association, Blue Skies for Children, People For Puget Sound, Bellingham Festival of Music, Whatcom Museum Foundation, Whatcom Poetry Series, Marianne’s House and Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center.