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” during our GiveOrcas campaigns.
2019 Annual Grant Recipients
- Early Childhood Education Initiative: $24,290 to help sustain high-quality preschool
- Emmanuel Episcopal Church Orcas Island: $9,950 to upgrade AV presentation capabilities at Emmanuel’s facilities
- Funhouse Commons: $3,014 to support afterschool kids through staff professional development
- Island Reproductive Health Initiative at OICF: $3,500 to help IRHI prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancies on Orcas
- KWIAHT: $5,802 to discover the crown jewels of Orcas biodiversity Moran State Park
- Lahari: $6,685 for Orcas Door to Door assistive transportation for seniors
- Long Live the Kings: $7,903 for equipment at Glenwood Springs hatchery
- OIEF / Art for Orcas Kids (A-OK): $7,000 to bring local artists to our public schools to teach and inspire
- Orcas Center: $16,552 for exterior painting and re-siding of our community arts center
- Orcas Center/Orcas.dance: $1,780 for the Roasted Nut is a spectacular holiday dance production
- Orcas Center/Island Aerial Acrobatics: $3,115 to purchase of professional grade, nonslip, durable safety mats
- Orcas Community Resource Center: $25,000 to connect Islanders with services needed for their well-being
- Orcas Community Resource Center/Recovery in Community: $9,500 for RIC–linking islanders with the help they need
- Orcas Island Lit Fest: $3,000 to support Kids’ Fest, part of OI Lit Fest, an emerging literary festival
- Orcas Island School District: $19,430 for Student & Family Advocate, Social/Emotional Teacher
- Orcas Island School District Montessori School: $2,590 for Montessori elementary teacher training and certification
- Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps: $3,500 to provide meaningful outdoor job training to island youth
- Orcas Senior Center: $9,500 for foot care: Keep Us On Our Feet!
- SAFE San Juans: $23,645 to provide violence prevention and education for students and adults
- Sail Orcas – A Sailing Education Foundation: $10,000 to help fund dock floats for teaching island sailors young and old
- Salmonberry School & Learning Center: $7,000 for classroom weatherization project and energy efficiency upgrades
- San Juan County Health Department: $325 for the Market Bucks program
- San Juan County Parks: $15,000 for partial funding for a nature-based playground on the Village Green
- SeaDoc Society: $3,500 for Ocean Night: our free, family-friendly community series
- Washington Vocational Services: $5,435 for Dream Builders, tools for success with work and life!
- Youth Philanthropy Program recipients: OPAL CLT, Orcas Island Farmers Market Association, Orcas Island Food Bank, Orcas Recycling Services, and SAFE San Juans,
Since the introduction of the grant-making program in 1998, OICF has awarded $2,205,700 to over 70 island nonprofits. View a comprehensive list of all OICF grant recipients.