Kitsap Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports Kitsap County nonprofits and immediately surrounding areas in the fields of health and human services, arts and culture, education, children and youth development, and environment and animal welfare.

FUNDING AREAS: Health and human services, arts and culture, education, children and youth development, environment and animal welfare

IP TAKE: Grant opportunities usually only come around once per year with this funder. However, nearly all nonprofit needs can be considered here.

PROFILE: The Kitsap Community Foundation (KCF) is based in Silverdale, Washington, and dates back to 1993. This community funder has over 40 funds and approximately $4.2 million in assets under management. Since 1999, the foundation has awarded over $1.3 million in grants, scholarships, and contributions. Current financial data can be viewed here.

Annual grant cycles typically open up in January. Community grants are awarded in health and human services, arts and culture, education, children and youth development, and environment and animal welfare. Grants up to $5,000 go to groups working in Kitsap County and the surrounding areas.

Grants are also available through the Sound Institute of Family and Children’s Services Endowed Fund to benefit foster children and family reconciliation. These grants assist youth up to age 25 who are involved in the foster care system; grants go to both residential and non-residential services. Two-year grants up to $6,800 per year are awarded. Youth mentoring grants up to $1,200 have also been provided by KCF's Youth Mentoring Endowment Fund.

Like some other community funders in Washington, KCF uses the Common Grant Application. Applications are typically due in late January and grantees are notified about their awards in April or May. A list of grant recipients is here. Recent recipients include the Bainbridge Public Library, Bremerton School District, Benedictine Mission Home, and Kitsap Humane Society.

In addition to grants, the foundation also awards scholarships from many funds held at KCF. Kitsap Great Give is a community event that typically takes place in April.

Trained volunteer grant evaluators offer local perspective on community needs for grant decisions. This small staff includes a president/CEO, funds and grants administrator, and communications and design specialist. The funds and grants administrator can be reached by email at shaine@kitsapfoundation.org.

The foundation staff can be reached with general questions at 360-698-3622, kcf@kitsapfoudnation.org, or PO Box 3670, Silverdale, Washington 98383. You can learn about upcoming nonprofit events, training sessions, and nearby meeting facilities on the homepage. Newsletters, deadline information, and grant awards are announced in KCF’s news section.

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