Since 2014, we have given out more than $1 million to over 35 local nonprofits!
South Whidbey Island’s small geographic area (from Clinton to Greenbank, about 59 square miles) provides all of us living here with tremendous gifts: Natural beauty. A less hectic pace. Confidence we can count on our neighbors. The joy of running into people we know on a regular basis.
We are also vulnerable to shifting forces that can hit individual residents, businesses and our entire island community hard. Economic slowdowns, changes in tourism trends, cost of living increases and the lack of affordable housing for workers we rely on. These and other challenges put some of our neighbors, including families and senior citizens, in precarious situations. Goosefoot is proud of the many local organizations we have had the honor to support.
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Community Grant Cycle on Hold Through 2021
In March 2020, Goosefoot realized the potential of COVID-19 to disrupt the ability of our vulnerable populations to get access to food. We canceled our community grants cycle for the year, and reached out to South Whidbey organizations working on food provision and delivery. Immediate funding was released to the following organizations, in response to emergency needs: Good Cheer Food Bank, Island Senior Resources, and Readiness to Learn. Together with Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN)—who did not require emergency resources at the time—these 4 organizations collaborated from ground zero on how best to support their different constituencies through sharing resources and information. Their close partnership continues to this day.
Goosefoot has decided to suspend its 2021 grant cycle and will broaden our efforts to strengthen food resiliency and access on Whidbey Island. Many have not recovered their jobs and financial assistance is running out. The weaknesses of our national food distribution system became apparent, with communities across the nation—especially rural farming ones—looking at ways to increase production by their own farmers, ranchers, and other food producers to feed local consumers.
Supporting What’s Essential
Grants are awarded each year through a formal application process. We focus on organizations that accomplish one or more of the following:
Address Community Needs
Goosefoot’s largest area of grant-giving is to organizations that address the immediate needs of people within our community.
We support nonprofits that provide food, shelter, and services to children, families, individuals and seniors so they can stay healthy and safe. We also fund programs that grapple with some of our community’s longer-term issues, like homelessness. Read below about several organizations making lives better through Goosefoot grants.
Grow Local Businesses
South Whidbey’s economy depends on entrepreneurship. We are home to a few sizable enterprises but for the most part our infrastructure cannot support large companies or manufacturing facilities.
We have a lively business community fueled by talent, innovation and hard work. Our industries include food production, wineries and distilleries, restaurants, retail, artistic and cultural productions, entertainment, professional services and tourist venues.
Grants have been given to organizations whose mission and programs result in growing local businesses, especially those related to our dynamic farming, food, and agritourism economy.
Preserve Great Places
South Whidbey’s character is defined by our natural surroundings, historic buildings and cultural traditions.
Goosefoot supports nonprofit groups working on environmental sustainability and historic preservation. This means protecting our land, its resources and the gathering places that for decades have hosted celebrations and fundraisers for our community.
Read below how the Clinton Community Hall, in its second incarnation since 1907, keeps community traditions going with help from Goosefoot.
How Do We Do It?
In 2005, Goosefoot purchased an ailing strip mall featuring a grocery store and other businesses at Bayview Center (located on WA Highway 525 and Bayview Road). It was feared that continued neglect would lead to the eventual development of storage units or high-priced housing.
When the grocery store declined to renew its lease beyond 2009, Goosefoot stepped in and the Goose Community Grocer was born. It’s owned by Goosefoot and operated, through contract, by a local family-owned business. After five years, enough profits were realized to begin investing back into the community.
Goosefoot’s grant program started in 2014, distributing profits from The Goose to nonprofits that serve the South Whidbey community. Our shoppers at The Goose are directly responsible for the amount of funding distributed each year. This neighbors-helping-neighbors grant program supports human services, business growth and the preservation of great places. All here on South Whidbey.
Read more about the Goose Grocer
Results & Stories
Goosefoot’s grant program started in 2014. To date, we have given a little over $1 million to more than 35 South Whidbey nonprofits. Money is a starting place. Helping neighbors is what matters. Read these four accounts of how organizations used their grant dollars.
$8,300 for commercial kitchen improvements
$10,000 for their new dental assistance program
$10,000 for their roofing fund
$270,000 over five years in seed money
This list is updated each year in late July.
The following organizations have received funding from the Goosefoot Community Grant Program from its inception.
Bayview Community Hall
Bayview Farmers Market
Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA)
Clinton Community Hall
Coupeville Farm to School
Friends of Friends
Good Cheer Food Bank and Thrift Stores
Healthy Island Youth Initiative/South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation
Hearts & Hammers
Helping Hand of South Whidbey
Island County Fair Association Inc
Island Senior Resources
Leadership Whidbey Island, Skagit Valley College
Master Gardener Program/WSU Extension, Island County
Mobile Turkey Unit of Whidbey Island
Mother Mentors Whidbey Island
Orca Network/Langley Whale Center
Organic Farm School
Queer Pride on Whidbey
Readiness to Learn
Sound Water Stewards
South Whidbey at Home
South Whidbey Commons
South Whidbey Historical Society Museum
South Whidbey School District
South Whidbey Tilth
The HUB Youth Central
Whidbey Camano Land Trust
Whidbey Homeless Coalition
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA)
Whidbey Island Grown
Whidbey Island Nourishes
Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Whidbey Veterans Resource Center
Whidbey Watershed Stewards