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.


  1. HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY CHILDREN: We believe that all children deserve a healthy start in life. By supporting programs that focus on women’s health needs, pre & post-natal care, the early health of children, domestic violence and child abuse or neglect, we may have a positive impact on the overall health of children throughout the course of their lives.
  2. ORAL HEALTH: Research continues to reveal the intrinsic role that oral health plays in the overall physical, mental health and development of persons of all ages. We value programs that promote good oral health.

  3. OVERCOMING OBESITY: We invest in programs that promote healthy diets and life styles to overcome obesity. Valued programs are characterized as preventative verses reactive. Projects that fit this category will focus on healthy lifestyle changes and support.


  1. EFFECTIVE EDUCATION FOR ALL: We desire that all children, especially those who experience challenges to their learning success, have the support they need to reach their best academic abilities. Children who struggle in school and those considered at-risk need additional support. We believe programs that build on the school experience are necessary to help these children. Valued programs include: After School Programs, Tutoring and Summer School or Year-round Education Programs.

  2. READING SUCCESS: We support programs that foster early reading proficiency for children. One of the most foundational requirements of a successful education is reading proficiency. Children who do not accomplish reading proficiency at an early age/grade-level are often left behind and continue to struggle in other academic areas of learning.
  3. READY FOR SCHOOL: We support programs that improve early childhood learning and development to empower each child’s learning to their full potential. We value programs that help children arrive at school ready to succeed.

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.

  1. River Health
    Our rivers are the life blood of our lands and the home of the salmon and skaqual (lamprey). It is our responsibility to help our rivers heal and restore the fish that have always fed the people. We support projects that protect and restore our rivers and the ecosystems that they support.
    • Water Quality - The water quality of our rivers must be able to support a recovering and one day thriving fish population.
    • River Habitat Conservation and Restoration - We support programs that will restore and protect a living, moving and healing aquatic system.
    • Fish Restoration - We support efforts to restore healthy, wild fish populations.
    • Reducing Toxic Pollution - We support projects that reduce toxic pollution in our environment and reduce or prevent the delivery of toxic chemicals to our waters.
  2. Environmental Justice
    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.