The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has been awarded a $5,000 Community Support grant by the First Federal Community Foundation to expand in-school arts education outreach programs.
Earlier this week, the foundation announced $385,000 in grants that would go to 15 local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities.
BIMA was one of two Bainbridge nonprofits to receive a gift from the foundation.
Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers was also awarded a $25,000 Community Development grant to develop a new care facility for school-age children.
“We are pleased to announce these gifts to organizations that are improving the quality of life in our communities,” said outgoing foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “First Federal Community Foundation is committed to investing in our shared future through these gifts.”
Other recipients included the Port Townsend Marine Science Center ($6,750 Community Support grant to subsidize hands-on science classes for children from low and moderate income families); the Port Townsend School of the Arts ($6,750 Community Support grant to fund summer arts camps supplies and scholarships for children from low and moderate income families); and Washington’s National Park Fund ($5,000 Community Support grant for the Elwha River restoration middle school science program in Port Angeles).
Since it was funded in January 2015, First Federal Community Foundation has given more than $2.3 million in grant awards to qualified organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.
“Our foundation is proud to be one of the premier corporate philanthropists for companies of our size in the Pacific Northwest region,” said First Federal president and CEO Larry Hueth. “We are proud of our commitment to making our communities better places to live for all of us.”