Whidbey Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofits

On Oct. 10, the Whidbey Community Foundation distributed grants to 13 nonprofits serving Whidbey Island, as part of its first annual Grant Cycle.

The Whidbey Community Foundation, created in 2016, provides support for nonprofit organizations serving Whidbey Island by raising funds and offering training opportunities.

A total of 27 applications were received for the funding opportunities that were announced in July, according to a press release.

Grant awards for human service projects were provided to Whidbey Homeless Coalition, Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey, Small Miracles Coupeville Medical Support Fund, and Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund.

Additional funding for grants was made available through the 2017 Christmas Sculpture Fundraiser, and grants from this fund were provided to Readiness to Learn, South Whidbey Good Cheer, Hearts and Hammers, South Whidbey Children’s Center, Helping Hand of South Whidbey, Island Shakespeare Festival, SPIN Café, Mother Mentors Whidbey Island, and Island County Back Country Horsemen.

“Since its founding, the Whidbey Community Foundation has provided 17 grants totaling $76,850,” according to a press release from the group.

“Funding to support the needs on Whidbey Island is raised by the Whidbey Community Foundation through a variety of donor vehicles, including endowments and bequests.”

The donation that is providing this round of grants was raised through the Community Impact Funds, and an array of topics are offered for potential donors including human services, animal welfare, arts and culture, education, environment and recreation, health and wellness, or general support for Whidbey nonprofit agencies.

More information about the foundation is available on the website www.whidbey foundation.org or by calling 360-660-5041.

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