Grants have included annual sponsorships of Island events such as Summer Celebration, Youth Theatre Northwest productions, and Mostly Music in the Park; provided start up funds to Island-based public charities such as Youth and Family Services and the Farmers Market; and continued well-established programs in times of need such as the annual City of Mercer Island Fireworks presentation in 2011. By awarding these grants, MICF strives to respond to the changing needs of the Mercer Island community.
Examples of Past Grant Recipients
Mercer Island Youth and Family Service Day Camp Programs
The Campership Program provides Summer Camp Scholarship for children and youth of low income island families to reach 50-58 children. “Day Camps” for 15-25 children, include before or after school care during the school year that will support employment stability and allow working families to remain afloat.
Mercer Island Parks and Recreation—Adventure Playground and Leap for Green Fair
Adventure Playground is a successful, popular summer program offered free to the youth and families of Mercer Island, to “unplug” youth from electronics in a safe stimulating environment to experience nature, outdoors play and creativity. The Adventure Playground’s goal is to allow the children to have safe, supervised unstructured play in a forest environment as a counterpart to the time that children are in rigid schedules.
The Leap for Green Fair recognizes Earth Day in an interactive event, open 4 hours, promoting responsible human impacts on the environment. This event consists of musical entertainment, food, sustainable vendors, arts/crafts, animals, planting projects and more. Additionally, this event showcases local goods and services, government and non-profit resources.
Youth theater northwest
YTN nurtures the creative and personal growth of children and youth through arts education, and provides the broader community with accessible, family-friendly, live theater experiences. It is often the first introduction to the performing arts and the beginning of a life-long connection to arts and culture. YTN is the only organization on MI devoted exclusively to the arts by and for young people (8-18). These funds supported the production of the season's first production, Glinda of Oz theatre production – There were 3 performances at the MIHS Performing Arts Center during three weeks in July & August, 2016.
MIHS Boys & Girls Soccer Booster Club
MICF's grant helped the Mercer Island High School Boys Soccer Booster Club and Girls Soccer Booster Club purchase a set of two portable sideline shelters to be used to protect players from the rain, wind, and other inclement weather. Shelters reside permanently at the MIHS athletic stadium. In addition to the over 100 MIHS soccer players who can use the shelters each year, other community teams, such as the Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams, the Mercer Island Football Club teams, and MI adult soccer league teams can use the shelters.
Athletes for kids
MICF’s support is making a difference in the lives of children with special needs and the high school athletes who mentor them.
On Sunday, August 18TH Athletes For Kids shared a booth with the Mercer Island Community Fund. The MICF volunteers at the event were impressed with and enjoyed having the Athletes for Kids volunteers in the same booth.
The first mentor meeting for Athletes for Kids to start the school year at Mercer Island High School will be on Wednesday, September 18.
Together, MICF and Athletes for Kids can make a difference to the lives of special needs kids on the island.
D.A.R.E. | Drug Education
Friends of the Library
Friendship Circle of WA
Island Choral Experience
Island Crest Baseball Field Renovation
Island Park PTA Cultural Enrichment
Island Vision | Leap for Green
Islander Middle School Spanish Program
Island Youth Ballet
Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club
Mercer Island Band Boosters/ Drum major podium
Mercer Island Band/Orchestra Boosters
Mercer Island Cross Country and Track Club
Mercer Island Emergency Management
Mercer Island Farmers Market
Mercer Island Fire Department | CPR Program
Mercer Island Girls Basketball
Mercer Island High School | Band Uniforms, China Trip, Tournament of Roses parade, Career Day, Chess Club, parent education
Mercer Island Historical Society
Mercer Island Music in the Park
Mercer Island Open Space Conservancy Trust
Mercer Island Public Safety Dive Team
Mercer Island Soccer Booster Club
Mercer Island Special Olympics
Mercer Island Strivers
Mercer Island Substance Abuse Committee
Mercer Island Summer Celebration
Mercer Island Visual Arts League
Mercer Island Volleyball Booster Club
Mercer Island Water Polo Booster Club
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Family Assistance Program
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Parent Edge
Mostly Music in the Park
Neighbors in Motion
Northwest Center | Mary Wayte Pool
NW Parkinson’s Foundation
Patti’s Play Center
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Senior Foundation of Mercer Island
Stroum Jewish Community Center | Center Stage| Tot Dock
Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund
West Mercer Elementary Environmental Learning Project, Playground, Art Project