The following organizations have submitted proposals for the annual Community Grants process. Each proposal has been fully vetted by OICF's Grants Committee. The Committee assigned each proposal to a category--Critical, Important, or Opportunity--based on the following criteria:

  • Does the proposal address a specific need?
  • What is the likelihood for success of the proposal?
  • Is there duplication of services offered on Orcas for this service/request?
  • Does the proposal serve a significant number of Islanders?

The Community Foundation receives more requests than we can fund on our own. We welcome donations of any size to help fulfill these requests and sustain the great programs that serve our community. For more information, click through to the organization's website or contact OICF. We welcome contributions by personal check or through other foundations; send to OICF, PO Box 1496, Eastsound, WA 98245.

Thank you for your generous support of the Orcas Community. Please join us at the Orcas Center at 3 pm on May 25 for our Grants Celebration!

Grant Requests

Partners in Philanthropy

PiP Partners in Philanthropy
Can't decide which grant to fund? You can donate to the Partners in Philanthropy general fund and the OICF Grants Committee will allocate your gift.
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Critical Needs in Our Community

Early Childhood Education Initiative
https://orcasislandece.org/
All Orcas Young Children have Access to Great Preschool Education
The Early Childhood Education initiative has produced significant gains in the quality of preschool education for our youngest students. We seek $30,000 to ensure high quality instruction continues this coming year for 60+ students in our three state-licensed pre-schools. Our overarching goal is to ensure all young children on Orcas can access the quality education this grant will support. That requires additional resources (up to $50,000) that will be provided by private funders.
Requested
30,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Island Reproductive Health Initiative at OICF
http://irhiorcas.weebly.com
Provide Reproductive Health Care for Those Who Can't Pay
IRHI's mission is to prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies on Orcas. We team with clinics to pay for medical office visits, sexual health counseling, STD tests, and contraception for un- and under-insured patients. We support sexual health education for teens and distribute condoms at various local sites. Services are confidential. Data collection observes privacy rules and only tracks age and numbers of services provided.
Requested
2,400.00
Funded
100.00
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OPAL Community Land Trust
http://www.opalclt.org
Help OPAL and Orcas Nonprofits be Effective Legislative Advocates
Legislators have a lot of demands on their time. To set policies and funding levels that address the needs for affordable housing and social services on Orcas they need to hear from us in timely and meaningful ways. We will bring a trainer to Orcas (training open to other non-profits) and hire a part-time community engagement coordinator for one year.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Community Resource Center
http://orcascrc.org
Expanding Social Services Support for Vulnerable Islanders
OCRC will expand support to vulnerable Orcas islanders by adding a social worker to our existing OCRC team of family advocates and volunteers. This will broaden our scope of services by addressing complex crises such as negative family or partner dynamics, depression, substance abuse, or increased anxiety about the future. Acquiring a database to maintain confidential client records and establish a funding database will enhance client services.
Requested
33,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island School District 137
http://: http://www.orcasislandschools.org/pages/Orcas_Island_SD137
Elementary School Social Work Services
Elementary School Social Work Services. One .5 Social Worker will provide small group/individual counseling, quick response to emergent needs, & family support. A .4 Para-Professional Social Emotional Learning Teacher will lead school- & class-wide instruction & efforts promoting a safe school culture, & daily high-need student "check-ins" for emotional/school readiness
Requested
26,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Senior Center
http://www.orcasseniors.org/
To Identify the Needs of Islanders Wishing to "Age in Place"
Orcas Senior Center will conduct a feasibility study focused on identifying needs in support services for islanders over 60. Research shows that limited access to services already exists for seniors choosing to age at home and services such as additional transportation, home maintenance, personal care, etc. are important for seniors to stay safe and healthy in their own homes. This is a first step to creating a comprehensive support system for a fast growing population.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Important Needs in Our Community

Art for Orcas Kids (A-OK) / OIEF
http://oief.org/programs/a-ok/
Bring Artists to Teach Art at our Public Schools
A-OK provides artists to teach art to students at Orcas Island Elementary and Middle School. Without A-OK, there would be little or no art education for these students. Art is a core part of the curriculum, and for some students, it is their only area of success. Art saves lives.
Requested
5,300.00
Funded
388.91
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Funhouse Commons
http://www.funhousecommons.org
Grow the Funhouse's Capacity to Serve Our Community
With your support, the Funhouse will purchase a data management system to track the program trends of 354 children/teens (54% of the island's entire youth population) and 160 parents, along with the contributions made by 165 volunteers. This new ability to manage data will result in greater operational efficiency, expanded understanding of our client base and program usage, and more accurate reporting regarding the Funhouse's impact on our community.
Requested
4,798.00
Funded
372.63
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KWIAHT
http://www.kwiaht.org
Orcas Ecosystems 101: Biology & Stewardship for Families
Orcas is the most complex and diverse of the islands, with the largest number of rare species. Combining a university level ecology class with a science club for young islanders, this six-week program will help you recognize the island's natural treasures, and how to protect and enjoy them in your own backyard using eco-smart construction, landscaping, and gardening.
Topics covered include history and change in Orcas ecosystems, trees and fungi, rare plants, hydrology, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates, bats, and pollinators.
Requested
3,100.00
Funded
3,100.00
Fully
Funded!
Orcas Animal Protection Society
http://www.orcaspets.org
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program for Dogs of Low-Income Islanders
To reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats, all pets adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered. Since many dogs are acquired from other sources, it is critical to provide a low cost spay/neuter program for islanders who lack the financial resources to afford this procedure and would be unlikely to spay/neuter their dogs without assistance. Our goal is to prevent litters of unwanted puppies.


Requested
2,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island Education Foundation
http://oief.org/
Orcas High School Debate Team
"Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces." That is how Thoreau put it, and nearly every quotable person through the ages has taken the trouble to address this basic idea about power and words. Concluding our third successful season, the Orcas High School Debate Team engages kids in forensics: the persuasive arts.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island School District 137
http://www.orcasislandschools.org/pages/Orcas_Island_SD137
The Primary Intervention Program (PIP)
In recent years a growing number of noted mental health professionals have observed that play is as important to human happiness and well being as love and work (Schaefer, 1993). Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge and self-actualization. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004). These, and many other reasons, are the basis for maintaining this strong beneficial program to our primary aged children at Orcas Elementary.
Requested
8,000.00
Funded
100.00
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SAFE San Juans
http://www.safesj.org
Effecting Social Change through Anti-Violence Education
Violent behavior is strongly influenced by cultural and social norms. Social tolerance of violent behavior is learned mostly in childhood. The number of domestic violence, sexual assault and bullying cases that happen each year on our island is the reason SAFE San Juans is striving to effect social change through evidence based anti-violence education for children teens and adults.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Sail Orcas - A Sailing Education Foundation
http://www.sailorcas.org
All-Weather Sailing Gear for Sail Orcas Program Participants
Sail Orcas is a unique sailing organization, providing safety and foul weather gear for all participants and for all programs. The high-quality, cold-weather and cold-water appropriate gear Sail Orcas provides is part of the mission to make sailing accessible, safe, fun and a life-long activity for all ages and groups.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
2,500.00
Fully
Funded!
San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC)
http://www.sanjuansedc.org
Trades Education Initiative: Construction Technology Program
The San Juan County Economic Development Council's Trades Education Initiative addresses the growing gap between available jobs and younger, often unskilled and unemployed workers. The Trades Education Initiative will serve Orcas Island businesses and families by training workers in skills such as construction technology, marine technology, plumbing, and other trades. A Construction Technology program will be offered on Orcas in Fall 2017 and we seek funding to train local young adults to fill family-wage jobs. The program includes job placement assistance to pair trained employees with local construction businesses in need of skilled workers.
Requested
6,580.00
Funded
100.00
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Washington & Alyeska Vocational Services
http://www.wvs.org
Dream Builders - for Youth to Live Lives of Greatness
Success in life depends on skills learned in school. It's critical for students in special education to have meaningful opportunities, expand their knowledge and build confidence while preparing to navigate life after graduation. Dream Builders provides training in Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination and creates a deeper awareness around living and working successfully in our community. This program, which originated on San Juan Island in 2015, has exceeded expectations. It's time for Orcas students to receive the same beneficial guidance and instruction.
Requested
9,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Opportunities Vetted and Approved by OICF

Olga Strawberry Council
http://www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org
Return the Historic Marshall Strawberry to Orcas Island Farms
More than half of the total cost of this project has already been secured. We are hoping the community will help with the rest. Ten Orcas Island Farms have committed to receiving a total of 200 certified Marshall strawberry plants that will become educational projects and cash crops for many years. From 1934-1944, Orcas Island was extolled as one of the Northwest's most profitable growers and marketers of Marshall Strawberries professed to be one of the most delicious strawberries the world. This project will bring the industry back to Orcas farms. For the complete story, go to http://www.olgastrawberrycouncil.org/workshopsevents.html
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
Fully
Funded!
Orcas Center
http://www.orcascenter.org
ADA-compliant Listening Assist System
Orcas Center requests funds to install a modern listening-assist system (Listen Technologies p/n LS-55-02 + accessories) providing hearing-aid compatible, personal audio of events in the Main Theater, to comply with ADA regulations. The system includes nine complete receiver sets, lobby signage, system installation/test and staff training. We expect minimal effort maintenance and operation. Upon installation, we plan outreach efforts to hearing-challenged Islanders with an invitation to listen anew.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island Food Bank
http://www.orcasislandfoodbank.org
Emergency Backup Generator
The Food Bank needs a generator to protect the hundreds of pounds of meat, produce, eggs, and dairy products in our refrigerators and freezers. An extended electrical outage could cause food to begin spoiling in only 2-3 days. Experts now recommend that communities prepare to be on their own for at least *ten days* in case of major emergency. A generator will let us serve the food needs of our clients until outside help can reach us.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island School District 137
http://www.orcasislandschools.org/pages/Orcas_Island_SD137
Classroom Set of 32 Chromebooks, Printer, and Charging Cart
Successful students must be skilled in technology. Beginning in 1st grade, early key boarding skills and word processing skills are slowly introduced. By the end of third grade, students need to be able to research and compose narrative, informational, and opinion essays on a computer, with increasing sophistication in each successive year. Teachers and students are relying on online programs to learn math and reading skills. This is rewarding for any student, but crucial for the students who need either extended or modified lessons different from a particular grade's curriculum. All students' needs must be met. Currently, our seven classrooms share two functioning carts with a third cart that needs replacing. Ideally, we would have a cart per classroom so the Chromebooks could be accessed throughout the day in all subjects, but three Chromebooks carts will be a big step towards this goal.
Requested
9,437.02
Funded
100.00
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Orcas Island School District 137
http://www.orcasislandschools.org
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine for High School Science
The Orcas Island High School will purchase a Polymerase Chain Reaction machine to be used in AP Biology, Forensic Science, and Environmental Science classes. Having a PCR machine will give students hands on experience using state of the art biotechnology to address questions at a molecular level, making the concepts real. Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field with many different career paths.
Requested
2,495.00
Funded
100.00
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Orcasong Farm
http://orcasongfarm.org
Promoting Regenerative Farming & Education for Sustainability
Orcasong Farm will offer classes to Seniors to help them make the transition to local and healthier nutrition choices easy and fun. Participants will learn how to cook healthy foods straight from the farm. They will learn how and why food choices affect their overall health and well being and be empowered to steward their health toward a brighter future.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
100.00
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San Juan Islands Conservation District
http://www.sanjuanislandscd.org/
Orcas Youth Conservation Corps Village Green and Moran State Park
Established in 2013, the mission of OIYCC is to promote and nurture environmental awareness and stewardship through education, job and leadership training, team building, community service, and engagement with the outdoors. We engage middle-school aged youth in meaningful work to help support, enhance, and maintain public lands while offering a challenging and fun summer experiences.
Requested
2,300.00
Funded
100.00
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SeaDoc Society
http://www.seadocsociety.org/
Healing the Salish Sea Ecosystem through Science and Education
The SeaDoc Society works to improve the health of the Salish Sea ecosystem that is home to extraordinarily diverse fish and wildlife populations and more than 8 million people. With our annual free Marine Science Lecture Series, we seek to educate island residents on important, timely topics ranging from tribal efforts to recover salmon and killer whale health to declining marine bird populations.
Requested
2,500.00
Funded
100.00
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Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
http://wolfhollowwildlife.org
Provide Food and Medical Care for Harbor Seal Pup Rehabilitation
Your contribution will give 5 injured and orphaned harbor seal pups a second chance at life. Since 1983, Wolf Hollow has cared for more than 700 harbor seal pups. Most suffered as a direct result of human activities. Your generous gift helps us purchase fish, vitamins, specialized formula and medical supplies to treat and nourish pups to prepare them for release back to their natural home.
Requested
4,010.00
Funded
100.00
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