Projects like this soccer shelter, under which members of the Islanders girls soccer team are sitting, have been funded in the community through the Mercer Island Community Fund. The fund is accepting donations now to be put toward 2019 projects.

Projects like this soccer shelter, under which members of the Islanders girls soccer team are sitting, have been funded in the community through the Mercer Island Community Fund. The fund is accepting donations now to be put toward 2019 projects.

Boosting community on Mercer Island can be THIS easy!

Mercer Island Community Fund grants support Island events and programs

In your travels around Mercer Island, you’ve likely attended the Summer Celebration or Mercer Island Farmer’s Market or the Leap for Green Fair. Or perhaps you’ve taken in a performance of either Shakespeare or Mostly Music in the park or Youth Theatre Northwest.

What do all these popular events have in common? Mercer Island Community Fund grants crucial funding annually to each, using donation money received by community members like you.

The Mercer Island Community Fund was established by Lola Deane and others in 1985 using seed money from an auction held during the the city’s 25th anniversary “Mercerversary” celebrations. Monies donated today are managed and invested through the Seattle Foundation.

Since it’s establishment, the Mercer Island Community Fund has provided grants that enrich the community for people of all ages.

“We’ve awarded almost $80,000 in grants in the past two years,” notes foundation President Erin Krawiec.

Depending on the scope of the project, awards typically range from $500 to $5,000. However, MICF will provide special grants to fund larger projects. Those have included the Island Crest Park Renovation Project ($12,000 toward new lights and artificial turf), $10,000 for a new rain shelter for the Girls and Boys Soccer Clubs, and $4,310 for equipment for the Friendship Circle of Washington, a volunteer-driven recreational program for children with special needs.

Like an insurance policy for your donation

If you want your charitable donations to stay home on Mercer Island, the Community Fund offers a simple option to achieve your goal. “This is a way that you can make one donation and we do the rest for you,” Krawiec says. “We are stewards of your donation. We do our due diligence and make sure the money goes to well-run non-profit organizations in our community.”

Grant applicants are vetted every year to ensure they and their projects meet the objectives of the Community Fund, and stringent follow-up ensures the money was spent appropriately.

Did you know? Fast Facts about the Mercer Island Community Fund:

  • Donations received by the end of the calendar year will be used for grants in 2019, and because it is a 501(c)(3) organization , donations are tax deductible! Donations can be made at micommunityfund.org/donate.
  • Any non-profit that benefits the Mercer Island community can apply for grant funding
  • 2019 grant applications are due by Feb. 15
  • If you’re a Mercer Island senior looking to create a future endowment for a community group, the Community Fund can help facilitate your wishes

*****

To find out more about the fund, visit micommunityfund.org online or email info@micommunityfund.org.

More in Marketplace

Airport Winter Weather 101

When the weather outside is frightful … and you’re worried your trip… Continue reading

(Lucky Louie Fish Shack photo)
Savor the Season at SEA!

SEA Airport is bustling during the holiday travel season! In the midst… Continue reading

Four reasons you’re waiting on the plane at SEA

You’ve just landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) after flying for what… Continue reading

5 reasons to get excited about what’s coming to the heart of Redmond

The amenities at the brand-new Hilton Garden Inn will appeal to locals and visitors alike

Accessibility tools for low-vision travelers at SEA

We all have tools that help us get through our every day… Continue reading

Greening up Greater Seattle’s neighborhoods

Cannabis retail shops offer welcoming atmosphere, staff educators to find you the right product

Discover a mask-free sleep apnea alternative!

6 reasons to consider oral appliance therapy in Bellevue

Bridging the digital divide in Washington

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program has connected nearly 340,000 in Washington State

Cannabis collab sees Seattle women join forces

Seattle cannabis vendor names new product after local recording artist SassyBlack’s new album

Acupuncture offers drug-free treatment for many conditions

Ma’s Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic opens Bellevue location

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Intern

Ever wondered what happens during an internship at the Port of Seattle?… Continue reading

Quality education requires a quality investment

Navigating legislature-imposed school funding limits