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The Community Sustaining Fund fall grant cycle is here

The Community Sustaining Fund of Thurston County is accepting grant applications up until Friday, November 13, 2020. The grants are available to Thurston County organizations and individuals.

Grants will also be available from a fund created by the Olympia Kiwanis to honor Sue Lundy, a long-time community activist and volunteer at the Kiwanis Food Bank Garden. Download applications beginning in October . Specify which fund you are applying for.

Criteria for CSF Applicants–this grant cycle only

  • Align with the emergent social and health concerns brought to our community by COVID-19.
  • Reach for system approaches regarding basic needs (i.e., food supply, emergency housing, local economies).
  • Account for the potential of continued physical distancing by utilizing available digital technologies that support social engagement.
  • Grant requests can be for amounts up to $1,000 (however, depending on the funds available, actual awards can be in the $100-500 range).

Sue Lundy Fund Applicants

  • Projects that support young farmers especially women
  • Projects that assist in starting up Community Supported Agriculture
  • Projects that facilitate connections between beginning and established farmers
  • Projects that promote community gardens
  • Initiatives that provide support for single mothers with special needs and immigrant mothers and families
  • Application grant requests can be up to $2,000

The Sustaining Fund thanks the generous contributors to the Oly Food Co-op’s “Round Up at the Register” option.

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