Education First Grants

2022-2023 Recipients

We’re honored, through our Education First Grant program, to support local groups advancing education in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. In total, the program will award $110,000. Grantees are selected though a panel review process that considers many factors, especially the positive impact to our community.

2022 Grantee

Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center

BCLC is a nonprofit providing early education in Whatcom County dedicated to childcare accessibility for local families of all income levels. A portion of WECU funds will be used to help renovate the facility, further ensuring the safety and well-being of program participants.

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2022 Grantee

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

NSEA’s Students for Salmon offers no-cost science and environmental education to all Whatcom County Schools. For more than 20 years, the group has provided experiential learning opportunities. Coursework encourages children to investigate local streams, hypothesize and experiment with restoration techniques, and creates support for sustained salmon populations.

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2022 Grantee

Pickford Film Center

The Doc ED program exposes middle school students to thought-provoking documentaries. Public-school teachers choose from a menu of films and are provided corresponding curriculum to supplement classroom education. Lessons develop critical thinking, encourage historical empathy for diverse viewpoints, foster social responsibility, and promote inclusivity.

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Interested in Applying?

Submit letter of intent by Feb 28, 2023.

Complete proposal due Mar 31, 2023.

Email with questions.

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