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2018 Community Grants

In the fall of 2018, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $468,850 to 87 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.

This year, several generous individuals made gifts to our Community Grants Fund, which allowed us to award a greater number of grants. Through our Community Grants, the Community Foundation aims to build community capacity and support individual and community well-being. See below for a list of our 2018 Community Grants grantees. These grants were awarded in December 2018 and are for use in 2019.


Arbutus Folk School, Arts and Heritage Diversity Access

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

Earthbound Productions, The 2019 Procession of the Species Celebration

Emerald City Music, Thurston County Student Access to Classical Music

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

Great Bend Center for Music, 2018-19 Season

Harlequin Productions, 2019 General Operating Support

Olympia Film Society, Building on the Legacy: The Capitol Theater in 21st Century Olympia

Olympia Symphony Orchestra, General Operating Support for Season 66: Highways & Byways

The Bridge Music Project, The Bridge Music Project

Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Creative Connections: Arts Education for Youth and Young Adults


CIELO, Website and Communications Support

Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound, Hispanic Roundtable General Operating Support

Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County, Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden

The Mockingbird Society, Mockingbird Youth Programs – Olympia Chapter


Asset Building Coalition of Mason County, Support for AmeriCorps VISTA

Chehalis Tribal Loan Fund, Training, Technical Assistance, and Loan Fund Support

Sound Learning, Education for Adults and Out-of-School Youth: Pathways to Success

Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation, Washington Center for Women in Business - Scholarship & Rural Business Program


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, MentorU and MySTEAM (Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)

Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis, 2018-2019 School Year Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, North Mason Teen Center Summer Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Homeless Youth Assistance at the Olympia Boys & Girls Club

Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County, Youth Empowerment Services Sustainability Initiative, Year Two

FIRST Washington - Olympia Robotics Federation, Olympia Robotics Federation

Hands On Children's Museum, Nature Makers STEM Learning Program at the Hands On Children’s Museum

Kokua, LEAD (Literacy & Education for Adults with Disabilities)

Lewis County Early Learning Coalition, Early Learning Strengthens Families

Morningside, High School Transition Program for Students with Disabilities

Nature Nurtures Farm, The Resilience Project

Pizza Klatch, High School/Middle School Program Capacity Development & Program Maintenance

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

South Sound YMCA, Power Scholars Academy

Stonewall Youth, Stonewall Community Center

TOGETHER!, TOGETHER! Bilingual Program Expansion

United Way of Thurston County, The United Way Reading Buddy Program

YWCA of Olympia, Girls Circle


Black Hills Audubon Society, Library-Based Birding Backpacks

Capitol Land Trust, Building Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, Let's Talk -- local issues, local voices

Concern for Animals, Adoption Program

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, Salmon in the Classroom Expansion Phase 3 - Mary M. Knight School District

Nisqually Land Trust, 2019 Nature Walks

Pacific Education Institute, FieldSTEM in Mason and Thurston Counties

Pacific Shellfish Institute, K-5 Marine Science Education for Students in the Shelton School District, Mason County

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust, Renewing Our Commitment to Affordable Land Access for Farmers


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

GRuB, Growing Health

Harmony Hill, Family Healing Circles

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

HeartStrides Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Youth Peer Support Program

Lewis County Autism Coalition, Lewis County Autism Coalition

PARC Foundation of Thurston County, Public Health and Social Services: Thurston County Specialized Recreation

PCAF, HIV Mental Health Case Management

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Teen Council Peer Education in Thurston and Mason Counties

South Sound Parent to Parent, Friendship Club

The Olympia Free Clinic, General Operating Support

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

Wild Grief, Teen Wilderness Hike Program


A Gift for Special Children, Funding for Families

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington,The Community Kitchen

Coastal Harvest, Hunger Relief in Mason County

Community Youth Services, Rosie's Place

Community Lifeline, Inclement Weather Shelter

Crossroads Housing, General Operating Support

Family Education and Support Services, Kinship Navigators Program

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

Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, Home Preservation Program

Homes First, Affordable Rental Housing for Those Who Need Them Most

Hood Canal Food Bank, Hood Canal Food Bank

Housing Resource Center of Lewis County, Coordinated Entry Lewis County

Interfaith Works, Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter

Mercy Housing Northwest, Service-Enriched Affordable Housing & Family Support Program

Quixote Communities, Quixote Village

Reliable Enterprises, Anderson House Emergent Foster Home

ROOF Community Services, ROOF Community Services General Operating Support

SafePlace, Residential Services Program

Senior Services for South Sound, Supportive Services for Elders and Families (SSEF)

SideWalk, Coordinated Entry for Thurston County Homeless

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Centrailia/Chehalis, 2019 Help with Basic Needs for Those We Serve

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Yelm, Preventing and/or alleviating poverty and homelessness in the region around Yelm

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Habitat Homeownership Program - Financial Empowerment Coaching

The Mayday Foundation, Family Support Fund

The Saints' Pantry Food Bank, Backpack Program

Thurston County Food Bank, Lacey's Food Bank Farm Stand

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services, Increasing Access to Pro Bono Legal Aid in Thurston and Mason Counties

United Way of Lewis County, Poverty to Possibilities

February 14, 2020

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