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 during our GiveOrcas campaigns.

2018 Annual Grant Recipients

  • Actors Theater of Orcas Island: $11,970 for theatrical lighting replacement = safety and savings.
  • Art for Orcas Kids (A-OK) / OIEF: $6,000 to bring local artists into the public schools to teach art.
  • Early Childhood Education Initiative: $25,000 to help sustain high-quality preschool on Orcas.
  • Funhouse Commons: $7,446 to strengthen reading skills for Funhouse kids.
  • KWIAHT: $2,850 for citizen science for updating oil spill response plans.
  • Orcas Animal Protection Society: $6,480 to renovate flooring at the Animal Shelter.
  • Orcas Christian School: $1,900 for the ‘Seed to Seed Permaculture’ program.
  • Orcas Community Resource Center: $25,000 to connect Islanders with Services needed for their well-being.
  • Orcas Family Health Center/OWL Program: $8,040 for ‘Our Whole Lives’ sexuality education, grades 7-9 and adult programs.
  • Orcas Grange #964: $7,000 to improve the Grange Hall with new doors, refinished floors, and extending the back porch.
  • Orcas Island Parks & Rec District/Soccer Club: $6,000 to help establish an official soccer club on Orcas | Ayuda a establecer un club de futbol oficial en la Isla Orcas.
  • Orcas Island School District 137: $25,000 for Elementary School social work services.
  • Orcas Island School District 137: $20,000 for a social/emotional family empowerment advocate.
  • Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps: $3,000 for the 2018 summer season work in Moran State Park and the Village Green.
  • Orcas Senior Center: $16,517, help bring us up-to-date (i.e. technology classes and equipment).
  • SAFE San Juans: $25,000 to deliver prevention education programs at all Orcas Schools.
  • SeaDoc Society: $15,000 to inspire youth of the Salish Sea with a non-fiction book for 5th and 6th graders.
  • Washington Vocational Services: $9,000 to bring ‘Dream Builders’ program, an extension of the School District’s transition services.
  • Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: $4,640 to improve diagnostic care for injured and orphan wildlife.
  • Woman in the Woods Productions: $5,250 to promote awareness and appreciation for racial and cultural differences.
  • Youth Philanthropy Program recipients: TBA

Since the introduction of the grant-making program in 1998, OICF has awarded $1,973,700 to over 70 island nonprofits. View a comprehensive list of all OICF grant recipients.