2023 OYC Community Grants
Established in 1904, among the Olympia Yacht Club’s (OYC’s) purposes are “to encourage and promote ... seamanship and navigation, and to provide and maintain suitable facilities...” As such, OYC interests and values include improving the strength and vitality of the waterfront, the downtown, the marine environment, water sports, relevant education and training and the greater community.
This year, the OYC is committed to awarding grants to eligible non-profit organizations for projects and events that inform and improve the community and are aligned with these OYC interests and values.
There will be a total of $6,000 available this year. An organization may request funding from $500 up to $2,000.
Applicant Organization Eligibility
Preference for funding will be given to organizations that are:
o Categorized as nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Sec. 501-(c)-3 of the US Tax Code;
o Governed by active boards of directors;
o Established organizations, not start-ups, and which have, in most cases, operated successfully for at least three years.
PROJECT ELIGIBILITY AND PREFERENCES
Projects, activities, or events proposed for funding must be aligned with the interests and values of the OYC. Preference will be given to projects, activities, or events related to water, boating, or the aquatic environment.
Secondarily, projects that are unrelated to the water, boating, or the aquatic environment will be considered if they will otherwise improve the social fabric of our community.
Preference will be given to projects, activities, or events whose primary benefits will accrue to Olympia or neighboring communities in Thurston County.
Preference will be given to projects, activities, or events that:
o Will be open to participation by wide swaths of the public;
o Will give community visibility to OYC’s contribution, purposes and values; and,
o Will be actively promoted by the grantee through local media, social media, and other mechanisms.
Funds awarded must be expended by grantees by the end of calendar year 2023.
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE
Our intention is to have one funding round for 2023 as outlined below. However, we reserve the option to hold a second funding round in early fall of 2023 if the full amount of available funds is not awarded to organizations in the first round.
1/15/2023 - OYC announces grant availability, purpose and criteria to members, asking them to pass on information to eligible organizations.
3/1/2023 - Letters of interest due from eligible applicant organizations.
4/15/2023 - OYC evaluates letters of interest, interviews finalists, and announces awardees.
4/15 – 12/31/2023 - Grantees use funds for projects and events.
12/31/2023 - Grant funds must be fully spent, and a very brief report provided to the OYC summarizing the project, activity, or event outcomes/successes/metrics.