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2019 Community Grants

In the Fall of 2019, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded $502,641 to 111 nonprofit organizations through our Community Grants program and our Health Initiative grants. These grants are possible thanks to 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.

As a place-based funder, the Community Foundation aims to build community capacity and support individual and community well-being in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. See below for a list of our 2019 Community Grants grantees. These grants are awarded in late 2019 for use in 2020.


Arts and Culture

Ballet Northwest – Dance Access Initiative

Fire Mountain Arts Council – OnStage Youth Theatre Education Program

Great Bend Center for Music – 2019-2020 Concert Choir Season

Kokua – Hummingbird Studio

Olympia Artspace Alliance – Art in Olympia Storefronts

Olympia Family Theater – Complimentary Tickets Program

Olympia Symphony Orchestra – General Operating Support

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) – Music Education Outreach

The Bridge Music Project – General Operating Support

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

Community and Civic Engagement

Centralia Downtown Association – The Women Came Downstairs: The Next Chapter Where History Makers Connect with Future Leaders

Community Café Collaborative – Looking Back, Moving Forward: Sparking Dialogues on Race

Earthbound Productions – The 25th Anniversary of the Procession of the Species Celebration

Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound – General Operating Funds

Historic Fox Theatre Restorations – Executive Director Position

North Mason Friends of the Library – Expand opportunities for and participation in the Discovery Zone

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust – Farmland Preservation with a Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tenino Community Service Center – General Operating

The Mockingbird Society – Mockingbird Youth Programs

Economic Opportunity

Career Path Services – Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Services

Chehalis Tribal Loan Fund – Chehalis Tribal Financial Empowerment Center

Sound Learning – Education for Adults and Out of School Youth

Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation – Thurston Asset Building Coalition General Operating

Education and Youth

4-H of Mason County – 4-H Robotics 2020 Youth STEM Training

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington – Mentoring Youth for Educational and Life Success

Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis – 2019-2020 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

CIELO – Education Services

Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County – Youth Empowerment Services Sustainability Initiative

DOT4Kids – Learn to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

FIRST Washington Olympia Robotics Federation – 2019-2020 Season

GRuB – General Operations

Hands On Children’s Museum – Sponsored Field Trips to the Museum for the Title I and Rural Students in Thurston and Mason County

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group – Salmon in the Classroom Expansion

Morningside – High School Transition Program

Olympia Community Solar – Olympia Community Solar Education Program

Pacific Shellfish Institute – K-3 Marine Science Education for Students in the Shelton School District

Panhandle Lake 4-H Association – Unplug and Unwind: A guided getaway into deep woods living for overstimulated, underserved youth

Pizza Klatch – Lunchtime Support Group for LGBTQ+ youth in schools

Reliable Enterprises – Anderson House Emergent Foster Home

ROOF – Community Services

South Sound Reading Foundation – Books for Kids Program Enrichment

South Sound YMCA – Power Scholars Academy

Stonewall Youth – Fellowship Program for Low-Income LGBTQ+ Youth

TOGETHER! – Club House Before-and-After School & Summer Program

YWCA of Olympia – Girls Without Limits!

Environment and Animal Welfare

Capitol Land Trust – Hands-on Outdoor Education in South Puget Sound

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust – Stewardship, protection and restoration of Trust lands and easements

Concern for Animals – Adoption Program

Long Live the Kings – Safeguarding the Lilliwaup Salmon Hatchery

Nisqually Land Trust – 2020 Nature Walks Program Expansion

Pacific Education Institute – Thurston and Mason County Field STEM

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group – Education & Outreach: Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail

The Center for Natural Lands Management – Connecting People with Prairies

Health and Wellness

Best Dental Help – Dental Case Manager and Community Outreach

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington – The Community Kitchen

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

Coastal Harvest – Mason County Hunger Relief

Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties – Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center

Harmony Hill – Family Healing Circles

HeartStrides Therapeutic Horsemanship – General Operating Support

Homeless Backpacks – Weekend Food Bags for Homeless and At-risk Youth

Hood Canal Food Bank

Lewis County Autism Coalition - 2020

PARC Foundation of Thurston County – Public Health and Social Services

PCAF – HIV Mental Health Case Management

Senior Services for South Sound – Brighter Days Adult Day Program

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties – General Operating

The Mayday Foundation – Family Support Fund

The Olympia Free Clinic – General Operating Funds

Winlock Vader Food Bank – Personal hygiene products

Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County – Child Forensic Interviewing Program

Housing and Human Services

A Gift for Special Children – Family Supports Funding

Build A Bus Home – Mobile Hygiene Infrastructure Program

Community Youth Services – Building Human Resources Capacity and Efficiencies

Family Education & Support Services – The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

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

Health and Hope Medical Outreach – Free prescriptions, laboratory tests, and selected x-rays for underserved patients

Homes First – The Foundation to Securing the Community Safety Net

Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter – Homeless Services

Mercy Housing Northwest – Evergreen Vista Family Support

Northwest Cooperative Development Center – Resident Owned Communities Northwest

Panza – Quixote Village: Addressing the Underserved in Thurston County

SideWalk – General Operating Support

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Yelm – Preventing and alleviating homelessness around Yelm

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity – Homeownership Program: Financial Empowerment Coaching

The Saint’s Pantry Food Bank – Backpack Program

Thurston County Food Bank – For Kids Weekend Meal Bags

Thurston County volunteer Legal Services – Increasing access to and the quality of pro-bono legal aid

Thurston Housing Land Trust – Capacity Development

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center – Emergency Shelter

United Way of Lewis County – Lewis County 2-1-1

Premera Health Initiative Grantees (Behavioral Health and Health Equity)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County – Behavioral Health Program Serving Low-Income Youth

Cascade, a Behavioral Health Care Agency - Mental Health Care Social Support Center

Child Care Action Council – Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group

CIELO – Proyecto Familia

Family Support Center of South Sound – The HOPE Program

GRuB - GroundED

Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter – Homeless Services

Mason County HOST – Behavioral Health Supports for Program Participants

NAMI Thurston Mason – Family Support Program

Quixote Communities – Quixote Village Mental Health Program

Senior Services for South Sound – Client Services for Elders and Families

South Sound Parent to Parent – Helping Parent Program

South Sound YMCA – ACT! (Actively Changing Together)

Reliable Enterprises

TOGETHER! – Community Schools Initiative

YWCA of Olympia – Youth Council

June 24, 2020

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