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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 www.firstfedcf.org.

 

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Announces Inaugural Grant Awards

Ten Local Nonprofits Receive $441,300 in Gifts Awarded by New Foundation.

Port Angeles, WA, August 5, 2015– First Federal Community Foundation (the Foundation) announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County: Awarded a $10,000 challenge grant for renovation of Hospice House facility in Port Angeles.
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula: Awarded $10,000 for the Summer Lunch Program, which provides free nutritious meals and snacks at ten locations in the Port Angeles and Sequim school districts.
  • Quilcene Historical Museum: Awarded $5,000 for improvements to the historic Hamilton-Worthington House in Quilcene.
  • North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network (“Sarge’s Place”) Awarded $31,300 for improvements to Sol Duc House in Forks.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County: Awarded $50,000 for materials to construct two homes in Port Angeles and Forks.
  • Dungeness River Audubon Society: Awarded $100,000 for replacement of the stringers and decking on the Dungeness River Railroad Bridge in Sequim.
  • Matthew Lutheran Church: Awarded a $25,000 challenge grant for kitchen upgrades to build capacity for the free community meals program in Port Angeles.
  • Northwest Maritime Center on behalf of the Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative: Awarded $75,000 for ongoing curriculum development as part of the Port Townsend School District’s Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative.
  • Centrum Foundation: Awarded $35,000 for purchase and construction of a new stage for McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.
  • Kitsap Regional Library Foundation: Awarded a $100,000 challenge grant for purchase of land for the new Central Kitsap library facility in Silverdale.

“We are pleased to announce these inaugural gifts to organizations that are making a difference in our communities,” said Foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “It is clear that First Federal’s legacy of making meaningful gifts to its communities is a vital part of its contemporary identity and mission.”

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for its next round of funding. The deadline for submission of grant applications for this funding period is September 1, 2015. Interested parties can access grant guidelines and the grant application form via the Foundation’s website at www.firstfedcf.org.

 

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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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360.417.3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Begins Operations

First Federal Community Foundation today announced that it will begin accepting applications for grants in July of this year. The 501(c)3 private charitable corporation was funded with a gift of $400,000 in cash and 933,360 shares of stock in First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles, upon the bank’s conversion to a public company in January 2015. As of March 31, the value of First Federal’s gift to its foundation exceeded twelve million dollars.

“We are pleased to announce that we are open for business,” said Foundation president David Flodstrom. “With this generous gift, the Foundation will build upon First Federal’s legacy of giving back to the communities it serves.”

The Foundation will accept applications from communities in which First Federal operates a full-service branch, which currently includes Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties.  Grants will be considered for proposals that conform to one or more of the Foundation’s four giving priorities: Community Support, Affordable Housing, Economic Development and Community Development.

“We are very excited about the Foundation’s potential,” said Foundation executive director Karen McCormick, formerly the President and CEO of First Federal. “Of particular interest to us is the opportunity to collaborate with others who are making a difference locally, and bring additional resources to projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for all of us.”

Additional information, including grant guidelines, contact information and a downloadable application, is available on the Foundation’s website at http://www.firstfedcf.org.

 

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.

First Federal’s Members Approve Conversion and Funding of New Charitable Foundation

Port Angeles, Washington, January 28, 2015 — First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles (“First Federal” or the “Bank”) today announced that the members of First Federal have approved the plan of conversion (the “Plan”) pursuant to which First Federal will convert from the mutual to the stock form of organization.  Members also approved the contribution to the First Federal Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) established by First Federal in connection with the conversion. Read More

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First Federal has been named Clallam County Business of the Year for 2014 and recipient of the EDC’s Olympic Leader Award. First Federal received these awards because of its ongoing efforts to support and strengthen its communities. As part of this award, the Clallam County Economic Development Council will establish a scholarship in First Federal’s name, which will be awarded to a Peninsula College student pursuing a professional or technical degree through the college.