Kitsap Community Foundation announces grants

Several Bainbridge Island nonprofits recently received grants from the Kitsap Community Foundation through its annual competitive grant process.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art received a grant for $5,000. Friends of the Farms received a grant for $2,450, and Salish Sea Expeditions was awarded a $2,450 grant.

The donations were part of 26 grants made by the foundation. Other recipients included the Blue Star Banner Program, Healthy Start Kitsap, Kitsap Humane Society, Kitsap Legal Services and the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation.

Kol Medina, the foundation’s executive director, said foundation officials were deeply honored to provide the much-needed funding to local nonprofits.

Medina said the foundation received 84 grant applications.

“Over $300,000 was requested but we were only able to fund about $90,000 worth of grants. It’s difficult to have to turn down so many deserving grant applications,” Medina said.

Two students from Bainbridge also received scholarships from the foundation.

Sophia Stoyanovich received the Charles and Dorothy Martell Family Music Scholarship, a gift awarded to a 2014 Kitsap County graduating high school student wishing to continue music education beyond high school. The scholarship was established by the children of Charles and Dorothy Martell to honor their parents.

Alexander Derry was awarded the Nova Group Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a Kitsap County high school senior who intends to pursue a degree in engineering or construction management.

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