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 www.chuckanuthealthfoundation.org 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.