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2017 Community Grants

During 2017, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $430,000 to 80 nonprofit organizations through our Community Grants program. The program is made possible by generous donors who have contributed unrestricted and broadly defined area of interest gifts which allow the Community Foundation to respond to our communities' changing opportunities and challenges over time. The following is a list of the 2017 grant recipient organizations and programs categorized by subject area.


Humane Society of Mason County, Trap Neuter and Release

Sunrise Equine Rescue, Horse Rescue Program


Arbutus Folk School, Arbutus Folk School Capacity Expansion

Ballet Northwest, Dance Access Initiative: Ballet Live, Dance Literacy, and Dance Learning

Bridge Music Project, The Bridge Music Project

Earthbound Productions, The 2018 Procession of the Species Celebration

Emerald City Music, Student Access to World-Class Classical Music Performances

Fire Mountain Arts Council, OnStage Children's Theatre Education Program

Harlequin Productions, Harlequin Productions’ Season 2018 Support

Olympia Symphony, Orchestra General Operating Support for 65th Anniversary Season

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia, Instrument Petting Zoo and Introductory String and Wind Classes

Tenino Young-at-Heart Theatre, Expand Lighting Capabilities

Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Artistic and Community Partner Advancement Program


Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis, Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis

Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound, Capacity Building

United Way of Mason County, Youth United of Mason County


Asset Building Coalition of Mason County, Financial Mentoring

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Youth Assistance

Cispus Learning Center Cispus AmeriCorps: Morton Teen Center

Community Lifeline, Building Capacity through Education

Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, Youth Empowerment Services

FIRST Washington - Olympia Robotics Federation, Olympia Robotics Federation 2017-18 Season

FIRST Washington in support of 4-H Team 5295 "Aldernating Current", Shelton High Robotics Team 2017-18 Season

Hands On Children's Museum, Young Makers Innovative STEM Learning during Free Friday Nights at the Hands On Children’s Museum

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Salmon in the Classroom Expansion - Southside & Hood Canal School Districts

Pacific Education Institute, FieldSTEM South Sound

Pacific Shellfish Institute, K-12 Marine Science Education for the Next Generation

Reach Out and Read, Reach Out and Read in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason Counties

Sound Learning, Adult Education: Pathways to Success

South Sound Reading Foundation, Spanish Focused Literacy Outreach

TOGETHER!, Rural Thurston County Community Schools Expansion

YWCA of Olympia, Girls Without Limits!


Capitol Land Trust, Building Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, Resiliency: Local nature walks, talks, and workshops

Nisqually Land Trust, Communication Plan Implementation

Puget Sound Estuarium, Exploring our Estuaries - Inside and Outside!


A Gift for Special Children, General Operating Support

Child Care Action Council, Safe Kids Thurston County Home & Infant Safety

GRuB, Rx Garden Pilot - Overcoming Childhood Obesity with Garden Raised Bounty

Harmony Hill of Union, Harmony Hill Healing Circles

Health and Hope Medical Outreach, Support for Prescription, X-ray and Laboratory Tests

Mpowerment Washington, Expanded HIV Prevention Outreach

NAMI Thurston Mason, NAMI’s In Our Own Voice (IOOV) Presentations

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF), HIV Mental Health Case Management

Providence St. Peter Foundation, Providence Community Care Center

Reliable Enterprises, Anderson House Emergent Foster Care Home

The Olympia Free Clinic, General Operating Support

Thurston Thrives (Thurston County Chamber Foundation), Building a Thriving Community Through Evidence Based Hope Science

Washington State Senior Games, Presentation of the Washington State Senior Games


Bethel Assembly of God, Hub City Mission Cold Weather Shelter

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, Mentoring for School and Life Success

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Healthy Lifestyles Program

CIELO, The Immigrant Experience in South Puget Sound (working title)

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington,The Community Kitchen

Community Youth Services, Rosie's Place

Crossroads Housing, General Operating Support

Faith In Action West Sound, Senior Engagement at The HUB

Family Support Center of South Sound, Pear Blossom Place: A Family Support Community

First Baptist Church of Olympia, Table Grace

Homes First, Affordable Rental Housing

Interfaith Works, Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter

Lewis County Autism Coalition, Autism Community Empowerment

Mercy Housing Northwest, Service-Enriched Affordable Housing & Family Support at Evergreen Vista Apartments

Morningside, High School Transition Program for Students with Disabilities

North Mason Resources, Advocacy, Case Management, and Support Program

Panza, Quixote Village

Pizza Klatch, High School/Middle School Program Expansion &  Replication

Rochester Organization of Families, ROOF Community Services

SafePlace, Residential Services Program

Senior Services for South Sound, STARS Adult Day Program

SideWalk, Coordinated Entry for Thurston County Homeless

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 2018 Basic Needs Support

Stonewall Youth, General Operating Support

South Sound Parent to Parent, Thurston County Helping Parent (HP) program

The Mockingbird Society, Mockingbird Youth Network - Olympia Chapter

The Saints' Pantry Food Bank, Backpack Program

Thurston County Food Bank, Partner Program Launch

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services, Pro Bono Legal Services

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center, Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center

United Way of Lewis County, Lewis County Homelessness Collaboration

April 2, 2018

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