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2021 Discretionary Grants

These grants provide support to effective and innovative nonprofit programs that are actively disrupting the cycle of intergenerational poverty in southwest Washington.

Cascade AIDS Project
For housing and employment assistance for low-income people living with HIV, including people of color and people living in rural areas.
$25,000

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
For general operating funds.
$25,000

Council for the Homeless
For providing supportive services and coaching for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ families working to access housing through the Family Assistance Community Engagement (FACE) Program.
$25,000

Cowlitz County Severe Weather Shelter (program of Love Overwhelming)
For the Cowlitz County Severe Weather Shelter
$25,000

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
For the Southwest Washington Tribal Legal Clinic.
$52,000

CultureSeed
For Skamania’s Outdoor Immersion and Youth Cohort & Outdoor Mentorship
$32,000

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
For operational support of Project Access program providing accessible healthcare for poverty-impacted, uninsured patients in Clark County
$50,000

Friends of the Children SW Washington
For operational support of the Eliminating Generational Poverty: A 2Gen Professional Mentoring Model program.
$25,000

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
For necessary resources to grow enrollment and impact of Girls Groups programming.
$25,000

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
For operating support for Youth & Adult Job Seekers in Cowlitz County.
$25,000

Great Life Mentoring (Columbia River Mental Health Services)
For operational support of Great Life Mentoring interventions to improve the mental health conditions of children impacted by poverty.
$25,000

Hello Life Eating Disorder Recovery Services
For general operating expenses in support of the Eating Disorder Recovery and Prevention Program.
$25,000

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
For the support of the Latino Small Business Development Program in Clark County.
$25,000

IMPACT Immigration
For operational, training, and administrative support that make mental health evaluation and resources accessible to immigrants.
$30,000

Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
For providing free legal support for youth and young adults in Clark County to help reduce and prevent youth homelessness.
$25,000

Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Support for the Afghan Refugee Intensive Case Management Program
$40,000

Miracle Theatre Group
For operational support of Milagro UNIDAD Programs in select Clark County Schools
$20,000

Mullen-Polk Foundation
For capacity building support and development of Our Next Generation II Expansion project.
$30,000

NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
For operational support of The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics presented by NAACP Vancouver Branch #1139.
$25,000

Odyssey World International Education Services
For capacity-building and program support for Youth Development & Community Conversations: Raising Awareness, Expectations, Commitment & Academic Achievement.
$25,000

Partners in Careers
Support for short term training pilot to Sharpen the Saw for low-income job seekers .
$25,000

Play Frontier
For operational and capacity-building support.
$25,000

Proud Ground
For support of the Homeownership Education and Counseling Program.
$15,000

Rainbow Advocacy Inclusion Networking Services (RAINS)
Capital support for the Cowlitz County Rainbow Community Center.
$25,000

SHARE
For operational expenses and staffing to support Lincoln Place clients.
$25,000

SWWA League of United Latin American Citizens Council 47013
For program development of the From Thoughts to Action – Dreams to Reality project.
$25,000

The Wave Foundation
For development and sustainability of the Northwest Tribal Nation Food Program.
$34,000

Unity Center
For general operating costs of the Kids in Search of Success (KISS) program.
$25,000

Washington Advocates of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
For case management costs for providing basic needs of clients.
$25,000

Washington State University Foundation
For volunteer support of Enhancing Career and Education Pathways for Opportunity Youth programming.
$15,750

2020 Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Funding for onsite, individual mentoring with employees from corporate partner Holman Automotive   
$15,000

Battle Ground Health Care
Funds will be used to support the “Taking Back My Life” Chronic Pain Management Program
$25,000

Cascade AIDS Project
Housing and employment assistance for low-income people living with HIV in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties
$25,000

Children’s Home Society of Washington
Sustainability of the Triple Point program for LGBTQ+ youth and training for families
$25,000

Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center (CJAC)
Support for victims of child abuse in Cowlitz County and for community education activities
$10,000

City of Vancouver
Public space improvements along Fourth Plain corridor
$46,459

Clark College Foundation
Funding to support the 2021 NW Regional Equity Conference
$20,700

Clark County Latino Youth Leadership Conference
Evaluating the experiences of Latinx parents to better support the educational attainment of children
$25,000

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
Build organizational capacity through increased support and guidance for volunteer lawyers
$25,000

Comunidades (Columbia Riverkeeper)
Funding for a culturally-specific group in Skamania County advancing grassroots environmental and social justice   
$25,000

Community Health Partners
Relocation of medical clinic and technology updates
$25,000

The Contingent
Support for cohort-based leadership development program designed for underserved college students
$20,000

Council for the Homeless
Diversifying workforce and volunteers
$25,000

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid
For general support  
$25,000

CultureSeed
To expand the Outdoor Immersion and Mentorship Program for Skamania Youth
$19,000

Emergency Support Shelter
Operating support for victim services programs
$19,000

Ethnic Support Council
Bilingual outreach and service enhancement
$24,832

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity
Funding for an organization-wide equity audit
$5,000

Family Solutions
Support for mental/behavioral health services to vulnerable children and their families    
$25,000

Free Geek
Support for Plug into Portland (PiP) in Vancouver  
$20,000

The Giving Closet
Support for Operation Reach More
$18,000

Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region
General support to advance career readiness for youth and adults in Cowlitz County
$25,000

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Support for the Hispanic Chamber’s Latino Technical Assistance Program in Vancouver  
$25,000

iUrban Teen
Technology and furnishing for a dedicated office and program space
$25,000

Janus Youth Programs
Operating support for Janus’ Clark County shelter and outreach services
$25,000

Kelso/Longview Ministerial Association
For general support of the Severe Weather Shelter
$25,000

 

League of United Latin American Citizens
To support strategic planning and build capacity around collaborative community engagement
$10,290

Lifeline Connections
Creating a therapeutic landscape to support overall wellness at the Women’s Recovery Center
$24,987

Living for Christ Church
To address food security in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities
$8,000

Longview Public Schools
Support for students and families with resource needs, especially those identified under the McKinney-Vento Act
$25,000

Lower Columbia School Gardens
Support for garden-based programming at six high poverty schools in Longview and Kelso
$25,000

Lower Columbia College Head Start
Operating support for the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program 
$25,000

Lutheran Community Services Northwest
For general support
$25,000

Milagro
Support for bilingual arts education through integrated residencies and productions
$20,000

The Noble Foundation
Capacity building for social justice work led by community health workers and staff
$25,000

Odyssey World International Educational Services
Funding for service learning program for BIPOC college students
$25,000

Office Moms & Dads
To provide caring companions and basic needs to kids entering foster care in Clark and Cowlitz Counties
$22,875

Om Thrive
Capacity building grant to expand delivery of virtual classes to those impacted by trauma
$24,000

OneAmerica – Vancouver
Support for a civic engagement training program for community members
$25,000

Outsiders Inn
Operating support for infrastructure and board development
$25,000

Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington
General operating support for culturally relevant services 
$20,000

Police Activities League of SW Washington
Support for Amplifying Youth Voices program series
$15,000

Rainbow Advocacy Inclusion Networking Services – RAINS
For general support
$15,000

REACH Community Development
General operating support for REACH’s Resident Services Program
$25,000

Reach Out and Read Washington State
Support for an evidence-based early literacy program in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counites
$24,000

Second Step Housing
Support for new, long-term, affordable housing for homeless families with children
$25,000

Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Emergency financial assistance program for clients
$20,000

Southwest Washington Equity Coalition
Support for Advancing Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Virtual Teach-Ins
$50,000

Washington State University Vancouver
Funding for Food System Justice Action Research project
$25,000

Woodland School District
Support for providing outreach and resources to homeless, at-risk, and unaccompanied youth
$25,000

Youth and Family Link
Support for Mentoring Program to support teen, adult and group mentoring in Cowlitz County
$25,000

2019 Grantees

Battle Ground Education Foundation
Supporting Students’ Access to Mental Health Services
$17,000  

Clark County Public Health
RxPlay: Increasing Access to Physical Activity for Youth and Families
$25,000  

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
General Support
$25,000 

Columbia River Mental Health Services
Capital Support
$50,000 

Community Fresh
A Gorge-to-Table Culinary Community Center
$15,800 

Community Health Partners
Expansion of Medical Health Delivery System
$10,000 

Council for the Homeless
Housing Relief Fund
$25,000 

Cowlitz County CASA
General Support 
$25,000  

Cowlitz County Community Health and Safety Network
Support for Families with Children with Severe Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges
$25,000  

Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Cowlitz Community Garden Expansion
$24,905 

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
Building Capacity for Analysis, Outreach and Training
$11,690 

Family Solutions, Inc.
Expansion of ROOTS Program
$24,475  

Goodwill of the Olympic and Rainier Region, Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County
Jumpstart for Youth
$25,000 

Housing and Health Innovation Partnership
General Support
$150,000 over three years 

Hispanic Disability Support Southwest Washington
General Support
$10,000 

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Latino Technical Assistance Program
$25,000 

Housing Initiative LLC
General Support
$150,000 over three years 

Housing Opportunities of SW Washington
Feasibility Study 
$15,000 

Humane Society for Southwest Washington
Support for Free Off-Site Veterinary Clinics for Low-Income and Underserved Citizens
$20,000 

 Janus Youth Programs, Inc.
Cowlitz Street Youth Services
$25,000 

Lower Columbia College
College Access Navigator
$25,000 

Lower Columbia College Head Start/EHS/ECEAP
Capital Support
$25,000 

Lower Columbia Community Action Council, Inc.
Capital Support
$40,000 

Lower Columbia Community Action Council, Inc.
Cowlitz Care 2 Home
$25,000 over three years 

Lower Columbia School Gardens
Seeds of Hope: Garden-Based Educational Opportunities for Low-Income Elementary School Students
$25,000 

Meals on Wheels People
General Support
$15,000 

NAACP Vancouver Branch 1139
Capacity Building Support
$25,000 

North County Community Food Bank
Emergency Client Services Program
$10,000 

OneAmerica
Building Power in Place in Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Clark County
$25,000 

Partners in Careers
General Support
$25,000 

Pathways 2020
General Support
$25,000 

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Foundation
Mentorship and Scholarship Program
$25,000 

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette
Vancouver Health Center
$25,000 

REACH Community Development, Inc.
Resident Services Programs at The Trio
$25,000 

Share, Inc.
Share Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program
$12,500 

Skamania County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Emergency Client Financial Assistance Fund
$25,000 

Stevenson-Carson School District
Funding for Mental Health Services
$18,000 

Teach One to Lead One
Mentoring At-Risk Youth in Low-Income Schools
$25,000 

Youth and Family Link
Link Kelso Community School Center
$25,000 

Youth and Family Link
Explorers Club – Afterschool Programs
$25,000 

YWCA Clark County
Racial Equity Work
$25,000