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Funding Opportunities

The City provides grants to nonprofit organizations located within the city. Funding priorities include physical/mental health, basic needs (e.g. food) and job training. Those nonprofit agencies that provide services in our community can be located in the Opportunity Council's Community Resource Directory. This directory provides information in the following areas: children, education, food, health, housing, jobs, utilities and several others.

 Year-Round Opportunities

2014 Opportunities

The City of Bellingham will now begin accepting applications for projects to address housing and community development needs to meet the challenges of low-income persons and the homeless. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 10, 2014.  Two pre-application workshops were held in the Central Library Lecture Room (210 Central Avenue) on February 18th and 21st, here is the PowerPoint that was presented.  

Emergency Winter Shelters - Agencies that help provide emergency shelter to homeless families and individuals during the winter months (December 1 - March 31).

Housing and Shelter Preservation - $263,000 available for the preservation of multifamily housing, including shelters and transitional housing. Only existing housing or shelters that are included in the City's Consolidated Plan inventory are eligible.

Housing Services - Nonprofit agencies that provide housing services within the City of Bellingham are encouraged to apply for this funding.

Human and Social Services Grants - Programs that are used to deliver human services to a minimum of 51% low - and very-low income individuals.

Manufactured Housing and Mobile Home Repair - This opportunity is for nonprofit agencies that can deliver this service in Bellingham.  *NOTE: Those interested in manufactured housing repair or weatherization of low-income housing in Bellingham should contact the Opportunity Council.

Rental Housing - Up to $2.65 million available for the production of new rental (multifamily) housing primarily serving households that earn less than 50% of Area Meridian Income (AMI).

Public Facility or Improvements - $225,000 available to commit to an eligible project.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance - This opportunity is for organizations or agencies that provide rental assistance in which the assisted tenant may move from a dwelling unit with a right to continued assistance.

Prior Opportunities

Funding Recipients - a list of funding recipients, both past and present, can be found here.  

For more information on either of these programs, contact David Stalheim, Block Grant Programs Manager at 360-778-8300 or

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