2020 Focus Grants

These grants provide support to effective and innovative nonprofit programs that are actively addressing the Community Foundation’s current focus: breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty in southwest Washington.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Funds will be used to provide onsite, one-to-one 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
To maintain staffing of its Triple Point program for LGBTQ+ youth to meet increased demand, plus support for the “Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth” training adapted for families.  
$25,000

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

Comunidades (Columbia Riverkeeper)
Support for a new culturally-specific grassroots Latino-led group in Skamania, called Comunidades, to advance environmental and social justice   
$25,000

The Contingent (formerly, Portland Leadership Foundation)
Support for Ready to Rise, a cohort-based leadership development program to support historically marginalized and/or first-generation college student  
$20,000

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid
For general support  
$25,000

Family Solutions
Support for providing mental/behavioral health services to vulnerable children and their families who cannot access therapeutic services   
$25,000

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

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

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

 

Lifeline Connections
Transform the Women’s Recovery Center’s backyard into a therapeutic landscape to support healing, healthy coping skills, and overall wellness for vulnerable women and their children in residential treatment
$24,987

Longview Public Schools
Support for students and families with resource needs, especially students 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

Lutheran Community Services Northwest
For general support
$25,000

Office Moms & Dads
Support for providing caring companions and basic necessities such as food, clothing and luggage, to kids entering foster care in Clark and Cowlitz Counties
$22,875

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

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

Reach Out and Read Washington State
Support for an evidence-based early literacy program in partnership with pediatric medical providers at 13 primary care sites in Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counites
$24,000

Second Step Housing
Support for the Neals Lane Project, which will provide 8 units of new, long-term, affordable housing for homeless families with children
$25,000

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

 

 

2018 Grantees

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest
Capital Support
$5,000

Bridgeview Housing
Trajectory for Success: Self-Reliance Fund
$10,000

Cascadia Technical Academy
Camp Cascadia
$10,508

CDM Caregiving Services
Aging with Dignity Program
$26,000a

Children’s Center
Project Safe-Net
$15,000

Clark College
Guided Pathways
$25,000

Clark County Safe Kids
General Support
$5,000

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Association
Fresh Start Program
$24,100

Community Health Partners
Medications, supplies and equipment for Free Clinics
$10,000

Community House on Broadway
Safe and Sanitary Beds
$25,000

Council for the Homeless
Diversion Assistance and Follow-up Support
$25,000

Cowlitz Community Network
Help for Youth with Behavioral Challenges in Child Care
$25,000

Cowlitz County CASA
General Support
$15,000

Cowlitz County Habitat for Humanity
Career Pathways 10-Week Program
$25,000

Cowlitz Indian Tribe – Health & Human Services
Cowlitz Tribe Community Garden
$25,000

Food Lifeline
General Support
$15,000

Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools
Housing Stabilization Assistance Program
$25,000

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington
Project Access Program (Specialty Care for the Uninsured)
$25,000

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest
Girls Inc. Girls Groups
$12,500

Goodwill Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County
General Support
$25,000

Hunger for Success
Job Placement and Mentoring
$1,000

Innovative Services NW
Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project
$25,000

Kalama School District
Natural Resources Program
$4,450

 

Lifeline Connections
Women’s Residential Treatment Program
$25,000

Lifeworks Northwest
Creation of Transitional and Day Programming
$25,000

Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County
“I Can Hear Program”
$15,000

Lower Columbia CAP
Self Help Housing Rehabilitation/Wheels 2 Home Ownership
$20,000

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Students Outside Science (SOS) Program
$15,870

LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.
LNESC Upward Bound Auxiliary
$25,000

Martha’s Pantry
Capital Support
$30,000

Meals on Wheels People
General Support
$10,000

North County Community Food Bank
Capital Support
$20,000

Northwest Harvest
Fight hunger in SW Washington
$25,000

Office Moms & Dads
Mobile Application Upgrade
$25,000

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
Safety-Net Health Care in Southwest Washington
$20,000

Progress Center
Family Support Services Department
$10,000

Skamania Klickitat Community Network
General Support
$24,800

Teach One to Lead One
Homeless Shelter Youth Mentoring Pilot Program
$7,800

The Noble Foundation
“We Care…” Program at Kelso High school
$25,000

Washington Gorge Action Programs
Stevenson Food Bank
$25,000

Woodland Public Schools
Family Community Resource Center
$26,300

Yale Valley Library District
Yale Valley Community Library
$15,000

YWCA Clark County
General Support
$15,307