Camas-Washougal Community Chest solicits 2021 grant applications


Over $113,000 donated to charitable organizations in 2020

Continuing a 74-year tradition of supporting the community, the Camas-Washougal Community Chest (CWCC) is soliciting 2021 grant applications from local nonprofit organizations. 

Grant applications must be received or postmarked no later than Dec. 15.  The grant awards will be announced in March 2021. Initial payments will be made at the time of the award and final payments will be made in November 2021.

The Camas-Washougal Community Chest gave over $133,000 to charity in 2020. They have opened their 2021 giving season and are soliciting grant requests. Graphic by Camas-Washougal Community Chest
The Camas-Washougal Community Chest gave over $133,000 to charity in 2020. They have opened their 2021 giving season and are soliciting grant requests. Graphic by Camas-Washougal Community Chest

During 2020, the CWCC awarded 20 grants totaling $113,850 and delivered an estimated 18,000 individual services to local residents. The 2020 grantees included such diverse nonprofit organizations as the Inter-Faith Treasure House, Children’s Home Society (East County Family Resource Center in Washougal), Meals on Wheels People, Family Promise of Clark County, and Janus Youth Programs. 

Projects and programs included such diverse activities as emergency rent and utility assistance, purchase of food and service supplies for local emergency food programs, helping homeless families find permanent shelter and help to support at risk 9-17 year old runaway children On Oct. 1, the CWCC launched its 2020-2021 fundraising campaign. They hope to raise at least $100,000 to fund grants during 2021. The CWCC has supported local nonprofit organizations since 1946. They are a 100 percent volunteer organization.

The Community Chest relies on contributions from individuals and businesses. More than 97 percent of the donated funds goes directly back to our community. CWCC urges Camas and Washougal residents and businesses to make a donation now to help fund 2021 grants. Donation information is available at:their website.

In addition to being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, grant applicants must demonstrate that their project or program benefits residents of Camas and Washougal and meets one or more of the following needs:

• Education

• Youth activities

• Aid to people with special needs

• Natural resource conservation

• Health and welfare programs

Beginning with 2021 grants, CWCC has defined civic objectives to more specifically include 501(c)(3) organizations that offer programs and services that address diversity, equity and inclusivity issues in the local community.

Grant applications and detailed instructions for applying are available on-line at the website listed above. For further information please call Camas-Washougal Community Chest Board Co-President Bolt Minister at (360) 907-7062 or Joelle Scheldorf at (360) 901-6607 or send an email request to info@CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org.

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