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GRANTMAKING IS HOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The competitive grant review process seeks to identify projects and programs with the greatest potential to create an environment where everyone who lives here thrives.

Review our grant offerings listed below to determine the best fit for your project. We strongly recommend reviewing our grant guidelines before starting your application. Community groups may find a nonprofit charitable organization, public institution or tribe to serve as a fiscal sponsor in seeking grant funding. Please call us for more information about how that might work.

If you have questions email Missy Belles, Gifts & Grants Administrator, at mbelles@whatcomcf.org

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Project Neighborly

The Project Neighborly grant is for people who have great ideas about how we can all become better neighbors. It fuels efforts to increase kindness and connections and build trust among people in Whatcom County. This grant opportunity is currently closed.

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Youth Philanthropy

The Youth Philanthropy Project introduces high school students to community involvement and philanthropy. Students learn about local needs and distribute grants of up to $2500 to benefit the environment. This grant opportunity is currently closed. 

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Funds for Whatcom County

Support for new and creative projects that offer the greatest opportunity for positive and significant change. We are primarily interested in working with applicants who want to: cultivate neighborliness; support diversity, equity and inclusion; lift community voice; leverage resources; catalyze change; build capacity. Grant amounts typically range from $1,000-$10,000. This grant opportunity is currently closed. 

Pitts Sportsmen’s Fund

Grant funding for outdoor youth activities and equipment (related to hunting, fishing and habitat) as funding becomes available. Grant amounts vary, but typically range from $1,000-$10,000. This grant opportunity is currently closed.

Grant Guidelines
We invest in relevant and timely activities that use a cooperative approach to community building. Successful proposals will describe not only what you propose to do, but also how it involves others in the community who need to be a part of truly successful problem-solving and long-term planning for our community’s future. We place the highest priority on ideas that fuel inspiring, actionable, relevant projects which:

  • Support new and creative projects that offer the greatest opportunity for positive and significant change
  • Reflect and promote the diversity of the communities we serve
  • Advance equity and inclusion
  • Leverage resources
  • Cultivate neighborliness
  • Link demonstrated needs with opportunities in our community
  • Address and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations
  • Lift community voices
  • Catalyze change while building capacity

Ineligible applicants and activities include:

  • Organizations that discriminate in policy or practice, based on gender, religion, sexual orientation or identity, ethnicity, national origin or physical ability
  • Religious activities (grants will not be made for religious purposes but may be made to faith-based organizations for the non-religious programs offered to the broader community)
  • General operating, program, or capacity-building needs of established non-profits
  • Incomplete, unrealistic, or unclear applications
  • Political campaigns
  • Sponsorships, tickets for benefits, recurring events or annual fundraising campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Debt retirement
  • Capital requests (bricks and mortar) and equipment (exception: Pitts Sportsmen)
  • Funding for individuals or for-profit organizations
  • Scholarships