RE/MAX Community Grant Chest

Representatives from 16 nonprofit agencies in the Stanwood Camano area accepted grants from the RE/MAX Community Grant Chest to help meet their agency’s critical needs.

Awards from the RE/MAX Community Grant Chest were presented May 7 to 16 area nonprofit agencies during a ceremony at the Community Resource Center in Stanwood.

Stanwood Camano Area Foundation is the administrator of the Grant Chest, which was established in July 2017 to help nonprofits meet critical local needs.

The Chest is funded with proceeds from the RE/MAX Evening with the Hidden Stars fundraiser, launched in 2016 by RE/MAX owner Renae Kettler in collaboration with Stanwood Mayor Leonard Kelley.

The sold-out January 2019 gala raised about $42,000, with a portion earmarked for grants. Kettler said afterward she was pleased with how area residents supported the effort.

“What a wonderful community we live in,” she said.

Of the 20 grant applications received, five were fully funded and 11 were partially funded, according to Bev Pronishan with the Foundation.

“The combined requested amount was $65,000, but we only had $29,000 to award, which required some very hard decisions to be made,” she said. 

Pronishan said need for funding clearly exceeds the money available. To address that, she said Renae Kettler and Mayor Kelley plan to add another annual fundraising event to help increase the pool of money available to award.

“Their hope is to at least double the amount of funding available for community grants,” Pronishan said.

Grant recipients and awards

American Legion Post 92 received $2,500 in operating funds for its veterans’ service office.

Camano Center was awarded $2,500 to replace three staff computers.

Camano Law Enforcement Support Foundation picked up $1,000 for its Shop with a Cop / Be Safe, Be Visible program for schoolchildren.

Camano Schoolhouse Foundation received $1,000 to help with painting the Camano City Firehouse.

For Camano Animal Shelter Association, $550 was awarded to enhance the cat shelter space.

Community Resource Center received $5,000 to use as emergency funds for families and individuals in poverty.

Housing Hope was granted $500 toward furnishings and assistance at its Lervick Village emergency homeless shelter.

NOAH animal shelter received $1,000 to help pay for spaying and neutering of pets for low income families.

Northwest Incident Support (Hope Unlimited) was awarded $1,200 to pay training and certification costs for three chaplain recruits.

Safe Harbor Free Clinic was granted $2,500 to help cover chronic care costs for low income, uninsured patients.

Stanwood Area Historical Society needs to refinish its fir flooring and received $2,000 to help.

Stanwood Camano Food Bank was granted $2,500 to help buy warm coats for low income children.

Stanwood Community & Senior Center received $2,000 to help pay for repairing its roof.

Utsalady Ladies Aid was awarded $1,750 to repair or help replace its septic drainfield.

Village Community Services was given $2,000 for its Career Path Success program for disabled people.

Stanwood Camano YMCA received $1,000 to help with costs for its Youth and Government program for high school students.

To read more about the RE/MAX Community Grant Chest or the Foundation, visit

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