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GrantsArea of Interest Funds

Making a Point

Area of Interest Funds are permanent gifts to Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF) 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. If you have questions about Area of Interest Funds, please contact us.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice (IDEAS) Fund  DONATE

The IDEAS Fund is based on the principle that everyone should have equitable access to opportunities, programs, resources, and services—regardless of a person’s race, age, gender identity, socioeconomic background, (dis)ability, or country of origin. The IDEAS Fund will help support these requests to BCF Grants Cycles as well as specific initiatives and partnerships that promote the IDEAS principles.

Youth Experiences Support (YES) Fund  DONATE

Bainbridge Community Foundation created the Youth Experience Support Fund (YES Fund) to fund activities that would expose young people to positive experiences. The YES Fund provides financial assistance to young people who may not have the resources to meet basic needs, to achieve academic success, or to pursue extracurricular activities. This partnership with Bainbridge Schools Foundation, Bainbridge Youth Services, Helpline House, and Bainbridge Island School District supports youth access to sports equipment, music lessons, dance lessons, swimming, skiing, registration fees, or similar needs. To learn more, click here.

Community Response Fund  DONATE

Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund provides quick 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. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those times. For information on applying to the Community Response Fund, click here.

Housing Action Fund  DONATE

The Housing Action Fund is an Area of Interest fund established by BCF in 2009. The fund supports both acquisition and bricks-and-mortar housing programs in collaboration with nonprofits.

Bainbridge Youth Sports Access Fund  DONATE

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.