BAINBRIDGE ROTARY AWARDS $117,904 IN COMMUNITY GRANTS

Thirty local nonprofits benefit from the club’s 2015 Auction/Rummage Sale proceeds

  There’s a community grant for almost everyone and everything among this year’s Bainbridge Island Rotary Club Community Grants Awards.

This year’s grants benefit 30 local nonprofits, funding a variety of services including health and human services, education and research, recreation, arts and humanities, the environment and animal welfare.

“We had a most successful Auction and Rummage sale last June and it’s great to be able to give this much back to our community,” said Community Grants Chairman Mike Lewars. “It is always difficult to select our grant recipients from the long list of worthy applicants. This year we set an all-time record of 30 grants awarded to wonderful nonprofits.”

The 2016 Community Grants Award recipients will receive full or partial funding for their projects as follows:

Association of Bainbridge Communities: Waterfront trailhead improvements.

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network: Table saw and joining system.

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts: Public address system for the gallery spaces.

Bainbridge Chorale: Performance dresses, blouses, and neckties.

Bainbridge High School: Chromebooks and storage cart for “Mobile Career Exploration” services.

Bainbridge High School: Equipment for new “Student Store.”

Bainbridge Island Historical Museum: Large-format flat document and artifact scanning system.

Bainbridge Island Land Trust: Stewardship truck.

Bainbridge Island Mountain Bike Club: Bike trailer, team race equipment, and support gear.

Bainbridge Island Water Polo Club: Shot clocks and controller for new scoreboard.

Bainbridge Performing Arts: Assisted listening enhancements.

Bainbridge Youth Services: Donor database software.

Battle Point Astronomical Association: Educational materials for BPAstro Kids Program.

BI Metro Park & Recreation District: Kiln for Eagledale Pottery Studio.

BI Metro Park & Recreation District: Self-contained restroom.

BI Senior Community Center: Storage shed for Thrift Shop.

BI Special Needs Foundation: Technology and communications upgrades.

Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island: Kitchen equipment.

Friends of BHS Sailing: Sailboat replacement.

Friends of the Farms: Enhancements for Harvest Fair.

Helpline House: New food-preparation sink and faucet for Food Bank.

Horse Harbor Foundation: Renovation of existing paddock system.

Housing Resources Bainbridge: Bicycle parking shelter for Island Home East Apartment Complex.

Kids Discovery Museum: Solar-powered teaching water table.

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theater: New microphones for performances.

Kitsap County Coroner: Safe infant cribs for low-income families.

Kitsap Humane Society: Pet adoption outreach van.

Marge Williams Center: Conference room technology and furniture upgrade.

North Kitsap Trails Association: Resting bench between Winslow and High School Road.

Olympic College Foundation: Field and lab equipment for Yama Project.

Checks will be awarded to the nonprofits at Rotary Club meetings throughout the spring months.

Since 1947, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has convened under the motto “service above self” to help others, promote integrity, and advance local community and world understanding, goodwill, and peace through a fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Today the club is proud to have more than 120 active members, each working hard to make a difference in the world we share. The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is part of Rotary District 5020, which includes Vancouver Island and Western Washington. Some of the club’s landmark local accomplishments include funding the construction of the Bainbridge Public Library, the Waypoint, Rotary Field, and other significant parks and recreational facilities.

For more information, visit www.bainbridgeislandrotary.org