Through our Community Grants program, the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation funds projects to improve and enhance parks, trails and recreational opportunities on Bainbridge Island. By supporting community-led initiatives, the Parks Foundation focuses its impact in a way that best reflects community priorities. Grants help to fund capital projects that align with the Parks Foundation mission. Grant applications are made and awarded annually in the fall.
The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation exists so that Islanders may work together to improve our parks and trails; our Community Grants are one of our programs that makes this possible.
GOALS OF THE COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM:
- To improve Bainbridge Island parks and trails in ways that reflect community priorities.
- To inspire partnerships that provide stewardship for our parks and trails.
- To help define community goals that enhance recreation on Bainbridge Island.
2018 Community Grants were issued for the following:
PARK DISTRICT GYMNASTICS: $2,400 for water fountains with water-bottle filling stations at two island youth gymnastics facilities
BAINBRIDGE AQUATIC CENTER: $3,500 for a new 1-meter diving board stand at the pool
PARK DISTRICT SAILING PROGRAM: $6,250 to help purchase eight new sailboats for the community youth sailing fleet
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND ROWING: $3,000 for rowing ergometer machines and monitors for strength training
BI FOOTBALL CLUB: $1,850 for the “Goals for More” project, funding 20 small, transportable soccer goals
These Community Grants are made possible through your generous contributions to the Parks Foundation throughout the year. Thank you to all who make our grants program possible, and congratulation to this year’s winners!
Past projects include:
A new vault system for gymnastics program at the Battle Point Park Transmitter Building
New drinking fountains to be installed at the Aquatics Center
An inflatable movie screen for use for the Movies In The Park series
A covered practice facility at the Rotary Park Ballfields
Funds to help to restore the Ford Ward Bakery Building for use as a Community Hall