Helping Hand Grant Program

green-hands graphicWPRF occasionally awards small grants to organizations working to improve parks, trails, natural areas and recreational opportunities in Whatcom County.  Our grant cycle varies according to our funding.  Many thanks to Tom & Janet Boyhan for their fundraising efforts to support the 2015 round of Helping Hand Grants.

How to Apply

Our 2015 grants have been awarded.

Grant awards were announced on June 5th, 2015 at the WPRF Parks and Partners Auction.

We hope to fund another round of grants in 2016.  We need the help of the community to re-build our grant fund.  Please help us help our local parks by Becoming a Member of WPRF or making a designated donation to our Helping Hand Grant Fund.

Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center
Community Boating Center dock drawings – $620

The Community Boating Center in Fairhaven needs a dock near the boat ramps to facilitate the Center’s boating program and to provide the general public with better access for hand-launched boats.  The award would contribute to the completion of conceptual drawings to be used in developing a shared vision for the dock.

Bellingham Trail Running Club
Chuckanut Mountain Signage Project – $480

The Bellingham Trail Running Club, working with Whatcom County Parks & Rec, will be installing trail signage at trail intersections in the Chuckanut Mountains to make the trails more user-friendly.  This award would help to pay for those signs.

Birchwood Neighborhood Association
Birchwood Stormwater Stewards Program – $375

Working with the City of Bellingham, the Birchwood Neighborhood Association will enhance stormwater management along trails in their neighborhood through the placement of educational signage and pet waste stations.  The award would help fund the project through a first year demonstration phase.

Maple Falls Park Committee
Fitness Trail for Maple Falls Park – $675

The Maple Falls Park Committee plans to construct a fitness trail around the perimeter of the park that the community has been working hard to develop.  The award would be used to purchase materials to construct the trail.

Northwest Straits Foundation
Jerry’s Journey: An Interpretive Nature Tour in Birch Bay State Park – $500

The Northwest Straits Foundation and Whatcom County Marine Resource Committee, in conjunction with the Friends of Birch Bay State Par, are creating an interpretive nature trail in the State Park in honor of Jerry Larson, a long-time activist in local marine education and stewardship.  The award would contribute to the installation of one additional interpretive sign along the trail.

Project Labyrinth – $550 grant for the purchase of cement pavers for the installation of a permanent labyrinth in Fairhaven Park.

Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center  –  $450 grant to cover the expense of training one volunteer instructor within their kayak instructor certification program.

The Center for Local Self-Reliance – $1,000  grant for the construction of an ADA ramp for the Caretaker’s House in Fairhaven Park.

Everson Garden Club  – $1,000 grant to enhance the popular Riverside Park with a new wheelchair accessible entryway, featuring a pergola and landscaped plantings. Many different organizations and individuals worked together on this project, including the City of Everson, Eagle Scouts, 4H and Everson Lions Club.

Northwest Indian College  – $500 grant for a bench along a new 1.5 mile walking trail. The trail is part of the new campus and will offer students a space to reflect, relax and study.

The York Neighborhood Association was awarded $500 for a new bench in Rock Hill Park, which offers a playground, basketball court and grassy lawn for games and picnics.