First Federal foundation announces grant awards

PORT ANGELES — First Federal Community Foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to 16 area nonprofits, nine of them on the North Olympic Peninsula.

“With these gifts, First Federal Community Foundation demonstrates its commitment to enriching our communities, creating new opportunities, and expanding the capacity of our local nonprofit agencies,” said Norman Tonina Jr., foundation board chairman.

“We are committed to our leadership role in giving back to our communities, and we are proud to be making a difference through these investments in the people and places we call home.”

Since it was funded in January 2015, First Federal Community Foundation has given $2,866,500 in grant awards to organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.

“Last year First Federal and its foundation were ranked No. 2 of the top 25 mid-sized corporate philanthropists in the Pacific Northwest region by the Puget Sound Business Journal,” said First Federal president and CEO Larry Hueth.

“We are proud to continue to provide meaningful gifts that will improve the quality of life for all of us.”

Jefferson County

Jefferson Community Foundation: Awarded $40,000 Affordable Housing grant to design and launch the new Jefferson County Housing Solutions Network.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to acquire a new infant warmer for Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Birth Center in Port Townsend.

KPTZ Radio Port Townsend: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for improvements to new studio location in Port Townsend.

Centrum Foundation: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to the Young Artist Program in Port Townsend.

Financial Beginnings Washington: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to provide financial literacy education for students in Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.

Clallam County

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant for construction of new clubhouse in Port Angeles.

Shipley Center: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant for construction of new Health and Wellness Annex in Sequim.

Sequim Wheelers: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase a new adapted bicycle and transportation equipment for providing accessible bike rides for disabled clients in Sequim.

Washington’s National Park Fund: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to provide outdoor recreation programming for youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula in Clallam County.

Kitsap and Whatcom counties

• Housing Resources Bainbridge: Awarded $60,000 Affordable Housing grant to rehabilitate 10 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families on Bainbridge Island.

• Roxy Bremerton: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to replace seating in the historic Roxy Theatre in Bremerton.

• Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to redevelop a recently acquired building for its new permanent location.

• Whatcom Family YMCA: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to low-income families for after-school programs in Whatcom County.

• Clear Creek Task Force: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to develop a guidebook for Dyes Inlet Water Quality Program in Kitsap County.

• Kids Discovery Museum: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for free and subsidized admission for low-income children in Kitsap County.

• Kidzz Helping Kidzz: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase toys for children who are hospitalized during the holidays in Kitsap County.

First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles.

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