Community Foundation of North Central Washington

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the Washington counties of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment and animal protection, health and human services, and public/social benefit.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education, environment and animal protection, health and human services, and public/social benefit

IP TAKE:  There are lots of funds that you can apply to with this community foundation, but the Regional Impact Grant program is the largest opportunity in the region. Consider starting with this fund if you're a new grantseeker; request up to $10,000. 

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW) is a community and health legacy funder serving the Washington counties of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan. It was formed in 1986 from the sale of the Chelan County Medical Services Corporation and was originally called the Greater Wenatchee Community Foundation. CFNCW is based in Wenatchee, Washington, and serves a broader region of three counties today.

A competitive process awards grants in arts and culture, education, environment and animal protection, health and human services, and public/social benefit. There are many grant programs at CFNCW that address issues such as music, arts, schools, and youth enrichment. A complete list of grant programs and deadlines can be found on the Grants page. Each program has its own deadlines, although some accept applications on a rolling basis.

The Community Grants Program makes awards from its unrestricted endowment and donations. Competitive grant programs include:

  • Regional Impact Grants
  • Helping Hands Grants
  • Endowment Grants
  • Methow Valley Fund Grants
  • Stronger Schools Grants
  • Waterville Community Grants
  • Arena Youth Enrichment Grants
  • Eric Jensen Memorial Grants
  • Woods Family Music and Arts Grants
  • Manson Giving Great Grants

CFNCW provides grants to capital campaigns through its Regional Impact Grant program—as long as the nonprofit has met at least 70 percent of its goal. The foundation regularly funds general operating expenses and salaries. However, many grants go to programs and projects, and seed grants are occasionally provided to launch promising new projects. Multiyear grants have been suspended by the trustees.

Most grant applications must be submitted through the third-party Common Grant Application. The best way to stay up to date with new opportunities is by joining the mailing list.

In a recent year, the foundation had over $67 million in assets and awarded $3.9 million in grants and $469,000 in scholarships. Current financial data is here.

The foundation is run by a staff of six professionals led by Executive Director Beth Stipe. The best contact for grantseekers is director of grants Claire Oatey at claire@cfncw.org. While the staff supports the work of the board of trustee’s grants committee, staff members do not have input on grantmaking decisions.  General questions can be directed to the foundation at 509-663-7716 or info@cfncw.org.

Keep up with regional events at the Nonprofit Practices Institute and read recent news on the funder’s website. Nonprofits can also reserve two conference rooms free of charge during normal business hours. One room seats 28 people and the other seats eight.

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