WHATCOM — The annual Funds for Whatcom County grant round is now open for applications.

Non-renewable grants of up to $10,000 are meant to support relative and timely activities that take a cooperative approach to building community connections, affordable housing, arts and culture, economic development, education, environment, food and agriculture, and health and wellness. 

The foundation invites creativity and imagination in the preparation of grant requests. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Visit grant guidelines for ideas and eligibility, and review the online grants portal instructions. 

Last year, projects that received funding ranged from the  North Cascades Institute’s Youth Leadership Adventures to a program connecting Ferndale sixth graders with elders for tech support; the Bellingham Downtown Partnership’s alley activation project to teen parent education through Brigid Collins House and the Bellingham School District. In all, 34 organizations received funding totaling more than $250,000. 

With questions go to Missy@whatcomcf.org or Pamela@whatcomcf.org or 360-671-6463.