First Federal Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

Fifteen Local Nonprofits Receive $300,000 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, November 19, 2015– First Federal Community Foundation (the Foundation) announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Joyce Community Education Foundation: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Challenge Grant for equipment and safety renovations for Crescent School’s weight training program.
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Challenge Grant for “Communities Together Through Art” youth program in Port Angeles.
  • Sequim Senior Services-Shipley Center: Awarded $5,000.00 Community Support grant for “Healthy Aging for All” program.
  • Feiro Marine Life Center: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for volunteer training programs in Port Angeles.
  • Olympic View Community Foundation: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for Alliance for Leadership (ALP) Excelerator Program in Clallam County.
  • The Answer For Youth: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for services to homeless and at-risk youth and young families in Clallam County.
  • Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO): Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant as matching funds for a WSDOT grant to support ECHHO’s volunteer transportation program in Jefferson County.
  • Sequim Family Advocates: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Challenge Grant for a new public recreational facility at Carrie Blake Park sponsored by the Sequim Picklers.
  • North Olympic Salmon Coalition: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for the agency’s “Real Learning Real Work” educational programs in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
  • Seeds of Grace: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for construction of organic gardens in Kitsap County that provide fresh produce for low-income and disadvantaged families through partnerships with other local agencies and food banks.
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: Awarded $50,000 Affordable Housing grant for construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in Port Townsend’s Birkenfeld Community.
  • Port Townsend School of Woodworking: Awarded $30,000 Economic Development grant for capital improvements, new equipment, and vocation program development.
  • Fort Worden Public Development Agency: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for renovation to residential buildings at Fort Worden State Park.
  • Olympic Peninsula YMCA: Awarded $70,000 Community Development grant for new Jefferson County YMCA facility capital campaign.
  • Harrison Medical Center Foundation: Awarded $70,000 Community Development grant for “Touching Hearts, Saving Lives” program.


“We are pleased to announce these gifts to organizations that are improving the quality of life in our communities,” said Foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “First Federal is proud of its legacy of giving back to the communities it serves.”


The Foundation’s next open application period will begin on January 1, 2016. Interested parties can access grant guidelines and the grant application form via the Foundation’s website at


About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

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