Nearly $1 million in Core Grants from the Sherwood Trust will help build staff, facilities, skills and other needs for 12 organizations.

The awards were announced today by the nonprofit started by Donald and Virginia Sherwood.

The $949,000 in 2019 Core Grants combined with the foundation’s annual merit awards to nonprofits and its smaller Impact Grants announced in April bring its investment in the community in 2019 to $1.2 million.

The Core Grants are awarded for projects or programs over $20,000. These are the primary focus of the Sherwood Trust’s grantmaking, the announcement said.

The objective for them is capacity building, whether that be investment in staff, facilities, skills or other support that nonprofits and communities of the Walla Walla Valley need to thrive. This year’s awards also continue Sherwood Trust’s commitment to capital projects that help nonprofit organizations be more sustainable.

“Investing in community assets like museums, pools, and fairgrounds, helps our region thrive and provides a high quality of life for all,” the announcement said.

The 2019 Core Grant awards are for nonprofit and community facilities are:

Blue Mountain Action Council: $150,000 for renovation of its new office headquarters on Second Avenue.

Milton-Freewater Junior Show: $57,000 for construction of an ADA-accessible bathroom and maintenance fund.

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District: $50,000 for pool repairs and facility improvements.

Frazier Farmstead Museum: $45,000 for construction of an ADA-accessible bathroom and a maintenance fund.

City of Walla Walla: $30,000 for the final installment of the $500,000 award made in 2016 toward additions to Veterans Memorial Pool.

The 2019 Core Grant awards for staff positions and operations are:

Blue Mountain Action Council: $135,000 for general operating support to the Commitment to Community neighborhood capacity building program for 2019-2020.

Fort Walla Walla Museum: $114,000 for a new operations manager position over three years.

Whitman College: $107,000 for the first year expenses of a three-year pilot to hire staff and run a student consulting program to support local nonprofits.

Community Council: $100,000 for general operating support.

Trilogy Recovery Community: $66,000 for year one expenses of hiring a development and communications director.

Children’s Home Society of Walla Walla: $40,000 for year three operating costs of the family navigator program in partnership with Walla Walla Clinic.

Legal Counsel for Youth and Children: $30,000 for year one operating costs for hiring a lawyer in Walla Walla to provide services for homeless youth.

Community Resilience Initiative: $25,000 for year three general operating expenses.

Since its start in 1991, the Sherwood Trust has invested more than $32 million in the Walla Walla Valley.


Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, or on Twitter at

Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.

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