Education First Grants


In its second year WECU’s Education First Grant program awards $110,000 to Max Higbee Center, Communities in Schools and YMCA Early Learning.



2020-2021 Recipients

We’re honored, through our Education First Grant program, to support local groups advancing education in Whatcom County. Grantees are selected through a panel review process, which considers many factors especially the commitment to make a meaningful difference in our community.

2020 Grantee

Communities in Schools

Working in direct partnership with schools throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Communities in Schools provides caring, adult role models and wrap-around services to reduce truancy and ensure students receive greater success in life. Pictured: Ario Salazar, Executive Director of CIS Whatcom-Skagit.

Learn more about CIS Whatcom-Skagit.

2020 Grantee

Max Higbee Center

By providing quality recreational and educational activities for individuals with developmental disabilities, Max Higbee Center empowers participants to achieve greater social and economic independence. Pictured: Kait Whiteside, Executive Director of Max Higbee Center.

Learn more about Max Higbee Center.

2020 Grantee

YMCA Early Learning Center

The Whatcom Family YMCA Early Learning Centers, located in downtown Bellingham and in the Barkley District, assess the learning of Pre-K students to customize individual learning and ensure each student is prepared for their kindergarten education. Pictured: Melinda Yost, Director of Family Enrichment at the YMCA Early Learning Center.

Learn more about the YMCA Early Learning Center.

Interested in Applying?

Download the RFP below and submit full proposal by March 31. Questions can be sent to [email protected]