The Bainbridge Community Foundation is bestowing 42 grants totaling nearly $160,000 this year as part of its annual community grants cycle, the organization announced Monday.
Foundation officials said local teens and families will be the biggest to benefit with this year's grants.
Hyla Middle School will receive funding for a new pilot program to create a culture of support for adolescents facing challenges involving identity, risk-taking and communication with parents, which are exacerbated by stress and the dominance of media and technology.
Hyla representatives will work in partnership with Raising Resilience and the Bainbridge Island School District to offer programming to educate parents about these developmental and social challenges and provide concrete strategies so the partners can offer effective support. The goal is to make local adolescents and teens more aware and informed, and better equipped to make healthy decisions and confront new challenges.
Local teens will also benefit from the continued work of the Healthy Youth Initiative, this year’s recipient of the Foundation’s Trustee Award. The prestigious award based on exemplary collaboration between nonprofit organizations.
The Healthy Youth Initiative, an ongoing collaboration between Bainbridge Youth Services, Raising Resilience, the Bainbridge Island School District and Rotary, will expand on the work developed during the 2013 Healthy Youth Summit. This culture-changing effort will continue to generate momentum for positive change within the community. The ongoing engagement of islanders and teens is a priority, as well as reaching out to and working with organizational and government leaders across Bainbridge.
Over the course of the next year, action teams will be established to increase awareness and set an agenda for positive change. The “Listen Bainbridge” campaign — an ongoing communications outreach effort — will highlight these shifts as they occur, share helpful tools and communicate further opportunities for public involvement.
The Bainbridge Community Foundation also joined with a newly formed nonprofit, Boomerang Giving, to create a special funding opportunity benefitting youth.
The funds, from Islanders who chose to forego their senior discounts to create this funding opportunity, were awarded to the Peacock Family Center, which provides services to a vulnerable population; infants and children under 6 years of age from low-income families. The tuition assistance program bridges the gap between state subsidies and the actual cost of care to provide opportunities for these families to break the cycle of inequality and give their children the tools they need to be successful in life.
Parenting training and nutrition services enhance direct educational programming, all of which can mitigate factors that place children at risk of poor outcomes. These impacts on children’s physical health, outlook and emotional well-being will lead to a lifetime of positive gains.
Foundation officials said this year’s grants will also help community members build a greater connection to the organizations in their own back yard.
IslandWood will once again join forces with other Bainbridge groups such as the Kitsap Library, Exotic Aquatics and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum to provide dozens of public events and quality programming for residents of all ages to become more connected to the environment and more passionate about stewarding natural resources.
In addition, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s Family Art Day will continue to engage families in local art and culture with hands-on art activities, music performances and demonstrations. This annual gathering will highlight and perhaps introduce families to the many art and cultural resources within the Bainbridge community.
And finally, the foundation is supporting the Bloedel Reserve’s first-ever Community Family Day in August. The event will be hosted in conjunction with other area organizations — including Kids Discovery Museum, the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, the Bainbridge Island Boys & Girls Club and IslandWood — to provide activities and develop resources for visiting the reserve.
In addition, two new programs received funding this year.
The Lynwood Community Market, in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, will construct a community playground on Point White Drive in the Lynwood area adjacent to the Schel Chelb Estuary.
The playground will provide a gathering space for residents and further enhance residents’ enjoyment of the island's unique natural resources.
Also, the Bainbridge Artisan Resources Network will create a community center focused on craft and invention that will be a resource for professional and amateur artisans.
Grants bestowed this year total $159,309, which will go a long way toward fulfilling the $250,000 in requests made by 50 local nonprofits.
Awards ranged between $1,000 to $10,000, and of the 42 grants currently being awarded, 23 programs will be fully funded.
The success of this year’s granting cycle is in large part due to the fact that the foundation worked with a record number of funding partners, which included the foundation’s own donor advised fund holders, as well as three private foundations; the Quail Roost Foundation, the Fletcher Bay Foundation and the Henry & Nancy Ketcham Foundation.
The Bainbridge Community Foundation will publicly celebrate the recipients of funding at a nonprofit celebration, together with One Call For All, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Bainbridge Performing Arts.
This year's grant recipients:
ARTS, CULTURE, HUMANITIES
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council
Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Bainbridge Performing Arts
Kids Discovery Museum
Ovation! Musical Theatre
Bainbridge Island Land Trust
Friends of the Farms
Kitsap Humane Society
Lynwood Community Market
PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap
Salish Sea Expeditions
West Sound Wildlife Shelter
HEALTH, HOUSING, HUMAN SERVICES
Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers
Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation
Bainbridge Youth Services
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
The Coffee Oasis
Hospice of Kitsap County
Housing Resources Board
Island Time Activities
Martha & Mary
North Kitsap Fishline
Peacock Family Center
Washington State Smile Partners
West Sound Youth for Christ
YWCA of Kitsap County
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association
Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
Bainbridge Schools Foundation
Hyla Middle School
Island Volunteer Caregivers
Kitsap Adult Center for Education
Kitsap Legal Services
One Call for All