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2020 Community Grants

We are proud to have awarded 97 grants for a total of $399,300 through our 2020 Community Grants Program. Learn more about our impact here.

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded 97 grants for a total of $399,300 through our 2020 Community Grants Program. We are grateful for every donor whose trust and generosity make these grants possible and allow the Community Foundation to respond to the challenges and opportunities faced by our communities each year.

The goal of the Community Grants Program is to support a broad range of organizations contributing to individual and community well-being in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. We are honored to partner with so many nonprofit grantees working to improve the physical, social, and environmental well-being of our communities across a variety of focus areas. Funds will be distributed this month and go toward supporting the work of our grantees in 2021.

In response to 2020, we also explored how concentrated funding for specific community goals could positively impact our community. This led us to award two Focus Grants totaling $32,782 in addition to our Community Grants. One Focus Grant will help The Olympia Free Clinic create a satellite clinic and deliver accessible health care to underserved and hard-to-reach communities. The other Focus Grant will help TOGETHER! pilot a Host Homes Program, creating a safe, nurturing home-like environment for unaccompanied homeless youth, freeing them to focus on finishing their education and achieving their future goals.

In addition to Focus Grants, the Community Foundation made several other changes to the Community Grants Program to better support our nonprofit partners this year. One crucial change was to make more of our grants unrestricted. Unrestricted funding—money nonprofits can use as they see fit—creates the freedom to learn, adapt, and take risks. Making more Community Grants unrestricted will empower community-based nonprofit leaders to make responsive decisions and better accomplish their goals in the midst of uncertainty. You can read more about this change and other updates to the Community Grants Program here.

2020 Community Grant Awards

Arts and Culture

Arbutus Folk School

Ballet Northwest

Fire Mountain Arts Council

Great Bend Center for Music

Harlequin Productions

Historic Fox Theatre Restorations

Indigenous Performance Productions, a nonprofit company

Olympia Film Society

Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Olympia Youth Chorus

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO)

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Community and Civic Engagement

North Mason Friends of the Library

Senior Center of Rainier

STEP - Sharing Teens and Elders Project

The Mockingbird Society

Thurston Community Television

Economic Opportunity

Lacey Maker's Space

Love In the Name of Christ of Mason County


Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER)

Sound Learning

Thurston Asset Building Coalition (Thurston ABC)

Thurston County Chamber Foundation

Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) Center for Business & Innovation

Education and Youth

4-H of Mason County (WSU Extension)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Boys & Girls Club of Chehalis

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Child Care Action Council


Community Youth Services

FIRST Washington - Olympia Robotics Federation

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB)

Girls on the Run WestSound

Hands On Children's Museum

Pacific Shellfish Institute

Pizza Klatch

South Sound Reading Foundation

The Bridge Music Project

The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture


YWCA of Olympia

Environment and Animal Welfare

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust

Concern for Animals

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

Nisqually Land Trust

Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

South Sound Estuary Association (Puget Sound Estuarium)

Washington Wild

Health and Wellness

A Gift for Special Children

Best Dental Help

Build a Bus Home

Catholic Community Services of Western Washington

Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston

Faith In Action West Sound

Health and Hope Medical Outreach

Lewis County Autism Coalition

Lewis County Seniors

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF)


Senior Services for South Sound

South Sound YMCA

The Olympia Free Clinic

Housing and Human Services

Community Lifeline

Dispute Resolution Center

Family Education and Support Services

Family Support Center of South Sound

Homeless Backpacks

Homes First

Housing Resource Center

Interfaith Works Shelter

Mercy Housing Northwest

North Mason Resources

Panza (Quixote Communities)

Rebuilding Together Thurston County

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Family Conference

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

Tenino Community Service Center

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties

The Moore Wright Group

The Saints' Pantry Food Bank

Thurston County Food Bank

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center

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