Available Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities Currently Accepting Applications

PGE Tucannon River Wind Habitat Project Fund

The Portland General Electric Tucannon River Wind Farm Habitat Project Fund (Fund) was established in 2015 through a Memorandum of Agreement between Columbia County, Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF) and Portland General Electric (PGE).

The Fund is a grant program that supports individual and multi-partner habitat conservation, restoration, monitoring, management, and enhancement projects for the benefit of wildlife, natural habitats, and the residents of Columbia County, Washington. Projects must benefit both the public at large and wildlife.

Project can be on public or private land and must be located within Columbia County. Projects will support local, regional, and/or state-wide objectives for native habitat conservation and management to support local wildlife species.

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Warren Community Action Fund

The Warren Community Action Fund will consider requests from charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, public agencies and religious organizations, including churches. The primary area of focus for grants is Dayton, Columbia County and northern Walla Walla County, particularly Waitsburg.

Grants will be made to support programs that will improve the quality of life in the community in the areas of health, education, basic human needs, children and youth, agricultural education and training, historic preservation, scientific programs, arts and recreation, and the environment, among others. Requests for support for capital, project or program, and general operating support will be considered.

Submission deadline May 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm. 

Dayton/Columbia County Washington Fund

The Dayton/Columbia County Washington Fund (The Fund) was started in 2004 by several Columbia County citizens and others interested in creating a community foundation to benefit Columbia County residents. The Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF), located in Walla Walla, administers the fund.

The BMCF is a public community foundation; a non-profit corporation organized in 1984 to administer charitable funds to benefit people of the Blue Mountain area. Preference will be given to tax-exempt charitable organizations (IRS Section 501(c) (3)).

The Fund has monies available for discretionary grants that are designated for the “purpose of enhancement, for the long term, of the social and economic well-being of the citizens of Columbia County”.

A local committee, consisting of six Columbia County residents, will make the grant selections. The BMCF’s Board of Trustees will review the selection committee’s decisions for final approval, as required by its by-laws.
Grant making policies are generally directed toward the fields of social and community services, the arts and humanities, education and health. In reviewing grant applications, the selection committee will give careful consideration to:
1. Potential impact of the program/project on the community and the number of people who will benefit;
2. Local volunteer involvement and support;
3. Commitment of the organization’s Board of Directors;
4. Degree to which the applicant works with or complements the services of other community organizations;
5. Organization’s fiscal responsibility and management skills;
6. Possibility of using the grant as seed money for matching funds from other sources;
7. Ability of the organization to obtain additional funding and to provide ongoing funding after the term of the grant.

Further documentation or an oral presentation may be requested of the applicant.

The Foundation does not typically make multi-year grants. Plans for evaluating the program/project should be included in the application.

If an applicant is not successful in obtaining a grant, it should not be construed as disapproval of the worthiness of the project. Grants usually will not be made for the following: programs outside Columbia County, annual fund drives, field trips, travel to or in support of conferences. No grants will be made for sectarian religious purposes or to influence legislation or elections.

Submission Deadline is May 1st at 11:59 pm. 

Grant Application Process

All applicants will need to create a new account, unless you applied for a grant in 2019. For information on how to create your account, please read this document. For a video tutorial of creating a new account, click here. For a video tutorial on accessing applications and applying for grants, click here. If you have any questions or issues with creating your account or organization, please contact Greer Buchanan at greer@bluemountainfoundation.org or (509) 529-4371.

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