Our Priorities

We give grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, churches, schools, and government agencies serving Mason County. Because of limited financial resources at this time, the Foundation generally makes only one-time grant commitments. Longer term commitments may be considered for initiatives that show exceptional promise for community impact.

  • Arts

    • Encourage quality arts programming benefiting a diverse audience.
    • Support arts education and programs for youth.
    • Improve access to cultural programs, especially for children and youth.
    • Promote financial stability and organizational development for arts organizations.

    Community Development / Urban Revitalization

    • Support community development projects which enhance the downtown and lakeshore areas.
    • Support capital projects if they have county-wide impact and benefit.
    • Support capital renovation projects only if they provide new and expanded programming.
    • Support civic improvement and economic development efforts.
    • Support programs that will enhance the perception and image of the community.


    • Promote educational opportunities through post-secondary scholarships.


    • Environmental education for all age levels.
    • Promotion of comprehensive community planning, priorities and strategies.
    • Support for balanced and innovating land use planning.
    • Support for projects to protect and restore green spaces, shorelines, dune areas and wildlife habitat, water quality and air quality.

    Health and Human Services

    • Promote healthy lifestyles through education and prevention programming.
    • Improve access to quality health care for all residents.
    • Promote health programs and projects that increase the quality of health care available in Mason County.
    • Support programs that encourage families to become self-sufficient.

    Meeting the Needs of Children Ages 0 – 5

    • Promote responsible parenting through outreach services and education programs, including the special needs of at-risk parents and teen pregnancy prevention programming.
    • Promote good health and protection for infants and toddlers.
    • Promote quality child care choices for young children.

    Emerging Community Needs

    The Foundation recognizes that standard grant making categories do not always encompass all community needs. The Distribution Committee and focused grant committees will, to the extent appropriate and possible, accommodate other requests that address important or emerging community issues.

    For a list of recent grant awards, click here.

Grant Guidelines

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Applying for a Grant

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