Kitsap Racial Equity
& Empowerment Fund

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We address systemic racism.

Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund (KREEF) is an organization born out of the Unity in the Community Kitsap COVID-19 Response Fund to address the systemic racism that impacts Black and other marginalized communities in Kitsap County.

Grant Information

KREEF grants are for "general operating support" and vary in size depending on funding.

About Us

Our steering committee is made up of racially diverse community leaders.

Resources

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Support the Fund

We can't empower organizations and build power and equity without our supporters.

 

There is an ongoing need to address systemic inequities, which disproportionately impact Black and other communities of color. Meanwhile, there is an urgent need to address how these inequities are amplified by COVID-19, with increased disproportionate adverse impacts on the Black community. 

 

KREEF grants are meant to help end systemic racism in our community by supporting culturally relevant programs, services, and activities in Kitsap County that:

 

  • Are aimed at lessening the inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis in or for communities of color, with an emphasis on the needs of the Black community, and

  • Have leadership or boards that are reflective of, and accountable to communities of color, in particular the Black community.

 

At this time we can only accept applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects. If you are interested in becoming a 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored or if you are unsure if you qualify for KREEF grants please contact us at kreef@kitsapfoundation.org

KREEF grants are for “general operating support” and vary in size depending on funding available.

funding priorities
grant types & amounts
 
about us

KREEF is led by a Steering Committee made up of racially diverse community leaders, who fundraise, educate and offer grants to support culturally relevant programs, services, and activities. Since its inception in 2020, KREEF has been creating a “by and for” philanthropy model that focuses on 

  • Lessening the inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis in communities of color, with an emphasis on the needs of the Black community, 

  • Nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects whose leadership or boards that are reflective of and accountable to communities of color, in particular the Black community. 

 

In 2021, KREEF awarded $117,500 to over 20 Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led or serving nonprofits throughout Kitsap County including: DocLuvTheKids, Gather Together Grow Together (G2), Georgia's House, God's Broken Home University, House of Hope, House of Refuge Outreach Ministries, Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality (KAIRE), Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, Living Life Leadership, Love Me For Me, Mt. Zion Partnering for Youth Achievement, NAACP Bremerton Branch -Unit 1134, New Day Ministry, New Life Community Development Agency (The Marvin Williams Community and Recreational Center, (MWC)), OurGems, Partnering For Youth Achievement (PYA), Surviving Change Hope360 (fiscal sponsor: House of Refuge Outreach), Up From Slavery Initiative, Urbanists Collective (fiscal sponsor: Anacortes Skate Park), Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN).

 

The formation of KREEF is due to our founding members, who used their voices to speak out against racism in philanthropy and make a difference every day in Kitsap County.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Harriette Bryant

Vicki Collins

Angela Flemming

Tracy S. Flood

Alexis Foster

Mary Kummer

Albie Lawrence

Airen Lydick

Martitha May

Cheryl Nunez

Dr. Lillian Robertson

Tarra Simmons

Karen Vargas

Cory Walster

CONTACT US

Have a question or would like to learn more about getting involved with KREEF?

Please email Chelsea Amable-Zibolsky at kreef@kitsapfoundation.org

 

We can't empower BIPOC-led organizations and build power and equity in our community without our supporters. Making a contribution to the Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund helps solve the root cause of inequities at the philanthropic level.

You can donate by clicking the button below, or mail a check payable to Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund to Kitsap Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3670, Silverdale, WA 98383. No one is taking an administrative fee out of these donations, so 100% of all donations go to the Fund (minus credit card fees).

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RESOURCES