Vancouver, Wash., June 15, 2016 -- This month the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington awarded a total of $296,798 in grants to 31 local nonprofits and school districts that provide services to area residents. The grantmaking organization also announced the opening of its second grant cycle, which is accepting applications through July 31, 2016.
Over the last few months, a committee evaluated more than 62 applications and recommended the most promising and urgent proposals for funding. Clark County area grants ($191,029) went to help projects like Bridgeview Housing's construction of an employment and education resource center and the Stepping Up to Eliminate Poverty program operated by Second Step Housing. Grants benefitting Cowlitz County ($105,418) supported projects such as the Cowlitz County Head Start Early Learning Center remodel and provided operating support for organizations like the Children's Justice and Advocacy Center and the Ethnic Support Council.
The majority of funds were directed toward interrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty--a strategic granting focus that the Community Foundation selected in 2013. Intergenerational poverty is a specific type of poverty that exists when parents and children have lived in poverty and are more likely to transfer that poverty onto subsequent generations.
Grants from the second grant cycle, which is currently open, will be awarded in December. Visit www.cfsww.org/how-we-grant/community-grants/our-grantees/ to see a full list of grantees, or call the Foundation at 360-694-2550. Additional questions about grants can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.