The Quilcene-Brinnon Teen Leadership Maritime Skills Program was awarded a $19,000 grant by the Jefferson County Foundation (JCF) on May 3, 2017, at its annual Grant Makers Forum. The funds will assist the Community Boat Project and Washington State University’s 4H Youth Development Program to expand a program that includes maritime boatbuilding and sailing skills, water ecology, and leadership development for South County youth.
The Grant Makers Forum was started in 2007 for nonprofits to see, first hand, the grantmaking process at work. Each year, local organizations submit proposals on a specific topic. They are then invited to attend a public forum at which the proposals are openly reviewed and discussed by a panel of experienced grantors who offer commendations and recommendations for each proposal received. Funding for the Grant Makers Grant is provided through the JCF Endowment Fund and a contribution from an anonymous donor.
This year, the focus of the Request for Proposals was “Partnering for Resiliency” and the panelists included Jessica Case, Program Manager at the Medina Foundation in Seattle; Renee Klein of Klein and Klein Consulting; and Anne Schneider, former JCF Board President. Representatives from 16 nonprofits attended the event. “Not only was it educational and fun, I believe it was meaningful and helpful to all of the attendees,” said Klein. Carla Caldwell, past Executive Director of JCF, served as the Chair of the event.
The grants made via the Workshop have lasting impact. “This grant will turbocharge youth activities in Quilcene, providing training for the next generation of Jefferson County’s maritime workplace, a gathering space for the community at large, and a heck of a lot of fun for everyone,” said Wayne Chimenti, the Community Boat Project’s Executive Director. “This grant also confirms that grassroots,, volunteer organizations can be just as effective as the bigger budget folks. We’re overjoyed and already Quilcene and Brinnon folks are stepping up to make it a success.” The program includes both after school and summer activities.
The Grant Makers Workshop is a centerpiece of the Jefferson County Nonprofit Alliance, a year-round membership program for Jefferson County nonprofits that offers quality educational opportunities and capacity-building assistance. The Nonprofit Alliance is housed at JCF, which was founded in 2005 to support local nonprofits and to encourage and increase local philanthropy. To date, JCF has awarded nearly $700,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the County. For additional information about the foundation’s Nonprofit Alliance, community activities, and grants, visit www.jcfgives.org or call JCF’s offices at 360 385 1729.