Kitsap Community Foundation awards grants

Several nonprofit organizations on Bainbridge Island were among the group of 17 recipients of recent community grants from the Kitsap Community Foundation.

The foundation’s board of directors, at their January meeting, approved a total of $73,160 in grant awards.

Grants range from $1,000 to $7,000, and the 2019 grantees include: Bainbridge Chorale, Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, Bloedel Reserve, Bremerton Backpack Brigade, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Holly Ridge Center, Kingston Cares, Kitsap Humane Society, Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, Meals on Wheels Kitsap, North Kitsap Fishline, Olive Crest, OurGEMS, PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, Poulsbo Historical Society, Village Green Foundation, and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

“Each of the 17 nonprofits receiving funding does commendable work to help Kitsap thrive,” said Kol Medina, the foundation’s president and CEO. “It’s a real privilege to be able to invest in the growth of these programs and their missions, thanks to our generous donors and fund advisors who make our community grants possible.”

Grant eligibility included nonprofit organizations working in Kitsap County and immediately surrounding areas (North Mason County) within program areas of arts and culture, children and youth development, education, environment, animal welfare, and health and human services.

The mission of the Kitsap Community Foundation is to improve quality of life in the community by connecting people who care with causes that matter.

For more information about the foundation, call 360-698-3622 or visit