The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $402,000 in Regional Impact Grants (RIG) to nonprofits addressing community needs and enhancing the quality of life in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, the foundation announced last week.
Methow Valley grants included:
- Classroom in Bloom, $4,000 to support its operations.
- The Methow Valley Beaver Project, $10,000 to support its beaver habitat restoration projects.
- The Pateros/Brewster Community Resource Center, $10,000 to supports its programs.
Also receiving grants were Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare ($10,000); the Okanogan Economic Alliance ($10,000); the Okanogan Highlands Alliance ($10,000); the Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group ($10,000); Okanogan Regional Humane ($10,000); and the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus ($4,000).
The RIG provided core operating and project-specific support on a quarterly basis (from July 2021 to June 2022) for nonprofits through two funding levels ($4,000 or $10,000) depending on the size of the organization and the scope of their project or request. There were 55 grants awarded to organizations improving NCW communities, according to a foundation press release.
Throughout the year, the foundation received more grant requests than funding available — but, through the Partners in Giving fund, $40,000 in additional grants were able to be awarded, according to the release.
“Our Partners in Giving provide unrestricted gifts to the Foundation that allow the Board of Trustees additional resources to support grants, scholarships or leverage time-sensitive opportunities” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “Those flexible dollars allow us to make a greater impact in our region, and we are incredibly grateful for those donors that entrust us to make good use of their generous gifts.”