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Sherwood Trust Awards $1 Million in Local Grants

Awards support nonprofit services, housing, immigration, and youth programs


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Sherwood Trust CEO Brian Hunt

WALLA WALLA-CEO Brian Hunt announced that Sherwood Trust would disburse $1,057,000 in Core grants to 11 local organizations. The awards include Sherwood Trust's annual competitive Core grants and Invitational grants awarded outside of competitive yearly grant programs.

"We are grateful to build on the example set by our founders to invest in local nonprofits and the critical work they do every day to support local people," said Hunt. "These grants support our vision that everyone in the Walla Walla Valley has a sense of belonging and can contribute to thriving communities."

Sherwood Trust is a private foundation founded in 1991 to continue the legacy of Donald and Virginia Sherwood's efforts to make the Walla Walla Valley a better place. With this year's grants, the Trust has invested over $37 million to strengthen nonprofits and improve communities in Walla Walla and Columbia counties in Washington and Milton-Freewater, Oregon.

"Local nonprofits provide critical services," said Sherwood Trust Board President Paul Schneidmiller. "We are proud to support their dedication and commitment to serving and supporting everyone who lives here."

2023 Core grants were awarded to the following:

$200,000 to Tri-City Partners Habitat for Humanity to support the development and construction of affordable homes in Walla Walla.

$200,000 to YWCA Walla Walla to support the development of a licensed childcare center in Dayton.

$175,000 to Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition to support staffing over two years.

$50,000 to Blue Mountain Land Trust to support outdoor youth recreation.

$45,000 to Waitsburg Town Hall to support the installation of ADA bathrooms.

$45,000 to All Saints Thrift Store of Dayton to support the purchase of a vehicle.

$45,000 to Central Washington Justice for our Neighbors to support outreach and pro-bono legal aid for immigrants.

$42,000 to Plus Delta After School Studios in Dayton to support after-school youth activities.

$30,000 to Frazier Farmstead in Milton-Freewater to construct a pioneer schoolhouse.

In addition to the competitive Core grant awards, Sherwood Trust's disbursed $225,000 through its non-competitive Invitational grant program:

$125,000 as the second installment of a three-year commitment to support Commitment to Community, a grassroots community engagement program at Blue Mountain Action Council that serves specific Walla Walla neighborhoods.

$100,000 as the second installment of a three-year commitment to Community Council, a regional nonprofit that engages people through dialogue, inquiry, and advocacy to build a vibrant region,

According to Hunt, Sherwood Trust expects to disburse $1.5M in grants this year.

This fall, its competitive Impact grant program will provide up to $15,000 to eligible organizations that have not received Sherwood Trust funding in the last five years.

For more information about Sherwood Trust grant programs and eligibility, visit


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