Community Stories

2021 Community Grants

In 2021, we were honored to support 76 grants for a total of $341,515. Thank you, everyone, for working together to keep our communities strong!

Grants to Strengthen Communities

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded 76 grants for a total of $341,515 through our 2021 Community Grants Program. We are grateful for every local nonprofit partner who is transforming these funds into care for our communities and for every donor whose trust and generosity make these grants possible. Thank you all for partnering with 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 in diverse and beautiful ways to improve the physical, social, and environmental well-being of our communities across a variety of focus areas.  

Together, we are a strong and generous community!

Below, you will find links to all the nonprofit partners who received 2021 Community Grant funding. We welcome you to learn more about the many ways people across our region are caring for each this place and the people who live here.


Arbutus Folk School

Ballet Northwest

Fire Mountain Arts Council

Great Bend Center for Music

Harlequin Productions

Indigenous Performance Productions

Olympia Arts & Heritage Alliance

Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia

The Bridge Music Project  

Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Window Seat Media


The Mockingbird Society

Thurston Community Television




Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Olympia Community Solar

Sound Learning

Thurston Asset Building Coalition  


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

Family Education and Support Services

Garden-Raised Bounty

Girls on the Run West Sound

Hands On Children's Museum

Pacific Education Institute

Reach Out and Read, Inc.

South Sound Reading Foundation


Washington Trafficking Prevention

YWCA of Olympia


Chehalis River Basin Land Trust

Concern for Animals

Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks (FOSLS)

Humane Society of Mason County

Nisqually Land Trust

Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

South Sound Estuary Association

Thurston Climate Action Team


A Gift for Special Children

Bounty for Families

Lewis County Autism Coalition

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF)

South Sound YMCA

Tenino Community Service Center

The Noel Cole Fish & Wildlife Project

The Olympia Free Clinic

Wild Grief


Catholic Community Services of Western Washington


Faith In Action West Sound

Family Support Center of South Sound

Habitat for Humanity of Mason County

Homes First

Innovations HTC

Olympia Mutual Aid Partners


Partners in Prevention Education

Rebuilding Together Thurston County

Shelton Youth Connection


South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties

The Mayday Foundation

The Moore Wright Group

The Saints' Pantry Food Bank

Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services

Thurston Housing Land Trust

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center

Union Gospel Mission Association of Olympia

News & Updates

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