Priority Funding

Priority Funding Areas

The Board of Trustees has established 8 Priority Funding areas. Although projects from all of our program areas are funded, these priority areas receive special attention. Staff will designate P8 status to applications upon review.



Domestic Violence & Child Abuse or Neglect:  Many parents and children face a life of violence and abuse and need help finding security.  We value programs that provide stability in their lives and address the root causes of domestic violence, abuse and neglect, focusing on prevention and education to help break the cycle of violence for families.

Pre/Post-Natal Care:  We believe that all children deserve a healthy start in life.  By supporting programs that focus on women's health, pre & post-natal care, and the general health needs of children, we may have a positive impact on their overall health and well-being throughout the course of their lives.


Mental Health: We know that mental health is an integral part of overall health and well-being that affects all aspects of our daily lives.  By supporting programs that support people's emotional, psychological and social well-being, we are helping people lead healthy and productive lives. Often people who struggle with mental health have underlying issues such as addictions to drugs & alcohol, adverse childhood experiences, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. 

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are linked to chronic health problems and toxic stress resulting from traumatic events that occur in childhood.  These experiences can have an immense impact on youth such as delayed development, learning disabilities, inability to focus or manage emotions and more.  We value programs that focus on  prevention and treatment of all people experiencing ACEs.   



Effective Education for All:  We believe that programs that build on the school experience are often necessary to help students succeed.  Valued programs include after school programs, tutoring, summer school and year-round education programs that increase engagement and incorporate unique learning styles to improve school attendance and the overall academic experience for students.

Reading Success & Ready for School:  We believe all children should have access and support to early learning programs that encourage, empower and engage young readers to learn to read and then read to learn.  We support programs that improve early childhood learning to create, inspire and equip young learners with the knowledge to be proficient readers and the readiness to arrive to school ready to learn and be successful.


Environmental Preservation

We recognize our dependence on healthy natural systems and our responsibility to protect and restore them. We support those who restore, preserve and protect our natural systems so that we can leave them healthier for future generations.

RIVER HEALTH  Our rivers are the life blood of our lands and the home of the salmon and lamprey.  It is our responsibility to help our rivers heal and restore the fish that sustain us.  We value projects that protect and restore our rivers and the ecosystems they support including; water quality, river habitat conservation and restoration, fish restoration and reducing toxic pollution. Other valued projects are proactive in their approach to reducing solid waste in landfills that adversely affect the health of our rivers.

The damaging effects of pollution are not distributed evenly throughout our communities. The poor and persons of color are more likely to live in polluted neighborhoods and bear the harmful impacts of environmental degradation. Often the people most adversely impacted are those who in general are not well empowered to change their circumstances or the policies that allow the environmental and health damage. Valued programs include projects that promote the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.