Chuckanut Health Foundation gives $397,000 to nonprofits

Chuckanut Health Foundation, a Bellingham nonprofit that raises money and  invests in other nonprofits with the goal of  strengthening individual and community health, awarded $397,000 in grants to 20 local nonprofits this year.

Many of this year’s grant recipients provide essential services in the county, according to a press release. For example, the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council assists people who are in trouble in the mountains.

In the last six years, the mountain rescue council has raised $50,000 to replace a 21-year-old rescue vehicle. The Chuckanut Health Foundation awarded the group $54,000 this year for a new vehicle.

The foundation awards major grants twice a year. Application deadlines are Oct. 1 and April 1. They consider grants of $500 or less throughout the year. The foundation also awarded $19,500 in scholarships and grants to nursing students this year.

For information on grant applications, visit or call 671.3349.

This year’s grant recipients include the following:

  • EMS (Emergency Medical Services), $2,000 for its 33rd annual Conference on Pre-Hospital Medicine.
  •  Sun Community Services, $29,293, repairs to Sun House, its assisted living facility.
  • ALS Association (Alzheimer’s Association), $5,000, Caregivers Day Off.
  • Northwest Indian College, $10,000, Food Sovereignty Project.
  • Whatcom Volunteer Center, $5,000, Chore Program.
  • Bellingham Technical College, $22,746, dental training equipment.
  • Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council, $54,000, new vehicle.
  • Whatcom Community College Foundation, $17,500, baby simulator equipment.
  • Whatcom County Council on Aging, $30,000, Senior Nutrition Project.
  • Whatcom Taking Action, $31,400, single entry access to services for special needs children.
  • Bellingham Food Bank, $50,000, challenge grant to support capital projects.
  • Sean Humphrey House, $9,500, fencing project.
  • Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, $5,000, education and outreach services.
  • Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Advancement, $60,000, intensive care. management and end of life matching grant.
  • Elder Service Providers, $5,000, support of annual conference.
  • Brigid Collins, $2,400, matching child abuse prevention training.
  • Treehouse Fund, $5,000, support services for those who lose a loved one.
  • Mt. Baker Dental Society, $500, dental access fundraiser.
  • United Way, $7,000, Project Homeless Connect.
  • Whatcom Rowing Association, $1,582.40, fundraising breakfast sponsor.


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