Foundation awards $23,250 to record 16 nonprofits

Bainbridge Community Foundation gave out $23,250 recently to a record 16 nonprofits.

The amount also is the most awarded in nine years, with 19 applicants.

Local nonprofits apply to BCF’s Annual Capacity Building Grants Cycle because they want to grow their expertise in a particular area.

This past year, North Kitsap Fishline applied for funding to train staff and volunteers in how to de-escalate an active shooter given their front-line work.

Each nonprofit has a chance to invite its staff, board, and/or volunteers to explore topics that are important to that organization.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art applied for funding because it wanted to expand its work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the broader community. Sheila Hughes, executive director, said: “BIMA has deliberately focused on discussing DEI with our team these past two years. Now we are ready to share what we have learned.”

BIMA has conducted monthly workshops for staff and volunteers, and is now looking to engage it more broadly.

Housing Resources Bainbridge also received an award for similar training. Others winning ideas were for increasing volunteer effectiveness, creating fundraising strategy and leadership training.

All but one grant is for $1,500. One for the BI Senior Community Center is $750.

Nonprofits that did not receive grants will be given feedback so they have a better chance to participate next year.

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New awardees included: Bainbridge Boys and Girls Club; First Years Children Center; Leadership Kitsap Foundation; and WEAVE Presents.

Other awards went to: Arts & Humanities Bainbridge; BI Land Trust; Bainbridge Public Library; Bainbridge Youth Services; Friends of the Farms; Island Volunteer Caregivers; PAWS of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County; and Raising Resilience.