Area of Interest Funds

Making a Point

Bainbridge cyclistsArea of Interest Funds are permanent gifts to Bainbridge Community Foundation in support of a particular area of interest, which are used by the foundation to ensure long-term or special support in that area.

These funds are a good option for donors who care about specific issues and wish for the foundation to address those issues via the most effective means possible.

You can conveniently donate to any of these funds here.

Housing Action Fund

The Housing Action Fund is an Area of Interest fund established by the Bainbridge Community Foundation in 2009. The fund makes seed money available to nonprofits through revolving loan fund grants to take advantage of affordable housing opportunities.

Community Response Fund

Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund (CRF) provides limited financial resources to nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs on Bainbridge Island, especially during times of economic hardship or human or natural disaster.  Covid-19 is one of those times.

We are all aware that needs are changing almost on a daily basis.  In an effort to remain nimble and to provide support to our nonprofit partners, BCF is accepting requests for funding from 501 (C) (3)  human/social service nonprofit organizations that have received funding at least once through either the Community Grants Cycle or Capacity Building Grants Cycle since 2016.

Considerations include but are not limited to:

  • Funding need emanates from the current emergency situation
  • Grant will replace or provide temporary funding for a program or capital expenditure that meets a critical & urgent community need
  • Grant should directly benefit the greater Bainbridge Island community
  • Will benefit the greatest number of people or the most under-served populations

BCF will consider applications on a rolling and case-by-case basis for the foreseeable future. The grants committee will review applications once a week. Checks will be sent out as quickly as possible. Because this is an evolving situation, these will be short-term grants and grantees will be able to submit subsequent requests.

The applicant will also affirm in their application that they do not discriminate on any basis for any of its activities / operations and are an equal opportunity employer.

CRF Application Process

We use Common Grant Application to manage our all of our grantmaking.

  • If this is your first time using Common Grant Application, log on to their website and click the sign‐up button at the top of the page. Or click here.
  • If you are a returning applicant, please log‐in to your existing account. Please DO NOT set up a new account.  Once logged in to Common Grant Application, please review your organization’s contact information by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right-hand side of the screen and edit appropriately, this is especially important if you’ve had any staff turnover to make sure emails are sent to the correct person.
  • Lastly, please email [email protected] that you’ve completed a CRF grant application

The Proposal Review Process

The BCF Grants Committee will review all proposals and make funding recommendations. It may request a site visit and/or additional information.


Bainbridge Youth Sports Access Fund

Youth sports are vital to the health and well-being of students, but many Bainbridge Island students cannot afford the cost of participation fees. The Bainbridge Youth Sports Access Fund was established to address the financial barriers to Bainbridge High School youth participating in sports. Grant funds are distributed to Bainbridge High School to youth in need via the school’s existing confidential protocol.


To find out more about Area of Interest Funds, please contact us.

“Through Bainbridge Community Foundation we have enjoyed learning about our many local nonprofits and the positive roles they play in our lives. We also have seen wonderful examples of generosity on the part of individual citizens, actions which encourage giving by others.”
—Judy and Bob Karr, Bainbridge Community Foundation Fund Advisors