Annual Grants

Orcas Island Community Foundation’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life on Orcas Island. To accomplish this goal, OICF distributes grants from The Community
Endowment Fund on an annual basis. The grants are supplemented with funds from our “Partners in Philanthropy.”

generosity2016 Annual Grant recipients are listed below.

  • Art for Orcas Kids (A-OK) / OIEF: $5,200 to bring teaching artists to public K-8 classes.
  • Booster Club of Orcas Island: $3,137 to improve youth athletics through Positive Training and education.
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services: $15,000 for prevention education programs on Orcas.
  • Funhouse Commons: $6,555 to improve the mental and social health of Island teens.
  • Healing Arts Center: $2,505 to design, engineer, and build a foundation.
  • Islands’ Oil Spill Association: $2,500 for quick, community-based response to oil spills.
  • Kaleidoscope: $2,790 for collaborative disaster readiness kits.
  • OPAL Community Land Trust: $30,000 for new affordable rental housing; expanded access to mortgage loans.
  • Orcas Center: $3,300 to support $5 subsidized tickets for greater community arts access.
  • Orcas Community Resource Center: $25,200 to support a resource center for all islanders in need.
  • Orcas Family Health Center: $4,650 for two classes of Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program.
  • Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival: $2,500 for sponsorship for OICMF 2016 Senior Open Rehearsal.
  • Orcas Island Children’s House: $1,435 for circle driveway maintenance and repair.
  • OIEF Debate Club: $2,464 for competition support for the Orcas High School Debate Club.
  • Orcas Island Historical Society: $3,680 Hearing Orcas Voices: a listening kiosk for the Orcas Island Historical Museum.
  • OISD Primary Intervention Program: $5,000 for a safe place to learn for K-3 children.
  • OISD Library: $540 for Spanish chapter books in school library.
  • OISD High School: $30,000 for high school students to build a ‘Tiny House.’
  • OISD Elementary School: $20,000 for a school social worker to promote and enhance the learning process.
  • OISD HS Leadership: $1,725 to send high school students to summer leadership camp.
  • Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps: $1,300 for environmental education and conservation stewardship.
  • Orcas Off Leash Area (OOLA): $8,800 to help keep and improve an off-leash area on Orcas.
  • Orcas Recycling Services / The Exchange: $7,838 for an ‘Exchange Annex’ workshop, meeting room, and classroom.
  • Orcas Senior Center: $11,600 to expand programming to serve a growing senior population.
  • Youth Philanthropy Program recipients: DVSAS, Friends of Moran, Orcas Island Education Foundation, Orcas Island Parks and Rec.

Since the introduction of the grant-making program in 1998, OICF has awarded $1,132,600 to over 70 island nonprofits and facilitated the distribution of over $2,600,000 in grants from other designated, advised and endowment funds under the management of the Foundation. View a comprehensive list of all OICF grant recipients.

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