Community Grants Cycle

Investing in Community

The Annual Community Grants Cycle is the heart of the Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF) grants program. Since its inception in 2005, more than $1.8 million in grant dollars have been awarded through this program. This competitive grant program invites applications from nonprofits in all sectors. Through hundreds of hours of time provided by nearly 50 well-trained community volunteers, applications are reviewed, site visits are conducted, and priorities are set. BCF discretionary funds provide the initial funding for proposals, and later BCF Fund Advisors and the community at large are invited to partner with BCF to support these important programs. This community-based approach to grantmaking ensures not only that needs are being met in the community, but it creates informed and engaged community members educated about and ready to address community needs

Applications for the 2018 Community Grants Cycle will be accepted between February 14, 2018 and March 14, 2018 via Common Grant Application. Please download and review our Community Grants Program Overview for Applicants. Applications must be submitted by 9:00 pm Pacific on the due date. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Kuffel, Program & Finance Officer, at

2017 Awards

Highlights from the 2017 Community Grants Cycle:

  • A record-breaking $269,887 was awarded to 62 nonprofits serving Bainbridge Islanders in arts and culture, animal welfare, education, environment, health and human services, and recreation.
  • Six local organizations were funded for the first time, as the grant program engaged a record number of funding partners and 20 new donors.
  • Over half of this year’s recipients, some 32 organizations, saw their requests fully funded.
  • Grant applications were reviewed by an evaluation team of nearly 50 community volunteers who interviewed applicants, made site visits, and performed financial due diligence for each organization.

This success of this year’s Community Grants Cycle is due in large part to the countless volunteer hours given by our evaluation team and our record number of funding partners. Another key to the program’s growth was a new online “grant catalog,” published for the first time in May 2017. The catalog showed initial grant recommendations for each organization, and invited donors to boost the awards with additional contributions.

BCF has seen dramatic growth in its Community Grants Cycle, doubling our annual grants by total dollars in just five years. In 2013, 49 local agencies received a total of $139,000 for an average grant of $2,800. This year saw an average award of $4,353, even as BCF funded a record number of organizations. For more information on our Community Grants Cycle, please see the following PDFs:

Comparative Overview

Dollars Granted Average Grant Size Number of Grants Awarded
 2012 $137,039 $2,538 54
 2013 $139,166 $2,840 49
 2014 $165,109 $3,839 43
 2015 $195,202 $4,067 48
 2016 $243,661 $4,597 53
 2017 $269,887 $4,353 62

Does your nonprofit organization want to apply for a Community Grants Cycle award? Here’s how!

Is your organization a BCF grantee in need of our logo? Access the BCF mark here.

“A grant from BCF is a strong stamp of approval in our community. It helped us leverage a grant from the Harvest Foundation and inspired confidence with our teaching artists for the financial sustainability of the program — since government funding for the program began to decline a few years ago.”
—Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council