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Released on 5/17/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 19, 2017
Contact:
Jessica Bateman, United Way Community Impact Director at (360) 943-2773 ext. 114 or email jbateman@unitedway-thurston.org
Gary Aden, Thurston County Housing and Community Renewal Manager, (360) 867-2532 or adeng@co.thurston.wa.us

Community Investment Partnership Announces Awards
More than $4 million granted to local nonprofit organizations for collective impact on community health and human services

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, The Community Investment Partnership (CIP), a public/private partnership between Thurston County, the cities of Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm, and the United Way of Thurston County, announced awards totaling $4,132,377 in funding for 20 nonprofit organizations serving Thurston County’s most vulnerable residents. 

“These awards reach into every area of the county,” said CIP Co-Chair Faith Trimble. “The programs funded will benefit the entire community by increasing child and family resilience, and supporting basic needs. The CIP continues to hone its support for collective impact work in the community to solve complex, large-scale problems.” 

After reviewing the applications, a panel of community volunteers ranked the applications in terms of priority. Based on their recommendations, the CIP selected 30 programs operated by 20 agencies to fund. The CIP will award $482,977 in grants for human services and basic needs, and $3,649,400 for affordable housing and homelessness services. The awards range in amounts from $6,000 to $1,478,800.  

“We had many strong proposals and funded the top ranked ones. I regret our financial limitations prevent us from funding more,” said CIP Co-Chair John Hutchings. “It is very clear that there are considerably more needs in our community than can be met through CIP funding sources.”

A significant change to this year’s decisions was multi-year funding to certain projects that could demonstrate how committed resources for multiple years could deepen or extend impact and outcomes. All seven of the grants for family and child resiliency received three-year awards. 

“The CIP is unique in Washington State with our collaborative approach between United Way and local government. We are helping make our community stronger by working together,” added Paul Knox, Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County. “These funds will support a powerful array of activities to help our most vulnerable community members.”

Sixty-four applications were received from 38 agencies requesting $7,400,964 in funding. Overall 47% of the applications were awarded funding. 

For more information about these grant awards, contact Jessica Bateman, United Way Community Impact Director at (360) 943-2773 ext. 114 or email jbateman@unitedway-thurston.org or Gary Aden, Thurston County Housing and Community Renewal Manager, (360) 867-2532 or adeng@co.thurston.wa.us. 

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District One

Gary Edwards
District Two

Bud Blake
District Three