The Anacortes Parks Foundation (APF) is a nonprofit, public foundation that manages park-related projects and administers charitable contributions for local programs. The Foundation accepts grant applications for parks and recreation-related projects and programs on Fidalgo and Guemes islands. In addition, APF is seeking other local program ideas for Anacortes and surrounding Fidalgo Island for which the Foundation can provide assistance in seeking future contributions and grants from other sources.
Any organization seeking financial support must be: (a) a Public Agency / Unit of Government, (b) an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, (c) a Washington State non-profit organization, or (d) a group seeking/ receiving funding under the umbrella of one of the above.
General range of the grants to be awarded will generally be between $250 and $2,000. The number and size of grants awarded will be at the discretion of the Board. APF reserves the right to earmark funding for specific budgetary items and to line-item veto budgetary items within an application.
All projects must:
- be used for projects exclusively on Fidalgo and Guemes islands
- include adult supervision if children are involved
- include regular reports to APF at a schedule and structure outlined at the time of the grant approval
The grants generally cannot be used for:
- conferences or scientific research
- political projects or programs
- projects or programs likely to result in public disputes.
Grant application forms and guidelines may be requested by mail to Anacortes Parks Foundation, P.O. Box 1902, Anacortes, WA 98221. A MS Word.doc fill-in application can also be downloaded from here.
Organized in 1994, the Anacortes Parks Foundation, a public, non-profit corporation, coordinates parks and recreation projects throughout Fidalgo Island, working closely with the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation acts as a conduit for donations of cash, materials and labor and provides guidance, accounting, legal expertise, and tax advantages.
The APF has awarded more than $26,000 in grants for community projects on Fidalgo and Guemes islands. The grants are funded by the Puget Sound Energy leasing agreement with the Kiwanis Noon Club for use of land on Mount Erie.
Past Grant Award Recipients:
- Anacortes Senior Center for enhancement of the courtyard;
- Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center District, to train two “Big and Healthy” course instructors;
- Mt. Erie Elementary School bird sanctuary;
- Anacortes High School for new chairs for home and visiting teams;
- Anacortes Community Forest Lands educational equipment;
- Anacortes Baseball Club toward expenses of the 2003 American Legion Baseball State Tournament;
- Skagit County Parks for signs and landscaping at Youngs Park on Guemes Island;
- W.T. Preston historic site landscaping;
- Commercial Avenue tree planting project; The Depot Arts Center landscaping; and
- Ben Root Skate Park to partially replace an advance from the APF for initial construction.
- The Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center District to provide free admission to the Kids-R-Best swim kickoff party for families;
- Anacortes Park and Recreation to train tennis instructors;
- Skagit County Historical Society for roof restoration at Rosario School;
- Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve to begin building a trail and stairs;
- Causland Memorial Park Restoration Project Committee for continued restoration;
- Anacortes Historic Preservation Board for an event in Causland Park celebrating National Historic Preservation Week;
- Fidalgo Activity Network and Anacortes Parks and Recreation for Frisbee golf equipment for use at the Kids-R-Best Fest;
- Anacortes Parks for birch trees to plant at Volunteer Park;
- “Fidalgo Learning about the Intertidal Project” (FLIP), a new project sponsored by Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center; and
- A contribution to the efforts of the Keith Shugarts Memorial Playground Restoration Volunteers to relocate to the new library the former children’s park.