The Russell Family Foundation — an organization dedicated to funding local, regional and global change through community investment — has awarded 16 grants totaling $770,000 to further community work dedicated to Puget Sound preservation and reducing barriers to academic achievement in the region.

The grants were funded through its Puget Sound Fund, which prioritizes environmental protection and restoration, and Jane’s Fund, which focuses on education, ending youth homelessness, and developing grassroots leaders in Pierce County.

Details for Puget Sound Fund grants totaling $595,000 are as follows:

  • American Rivers, $40,000: Protecting and restoring Puget Sound rivers and floodplains.
  • Bullitt Foundation, $30,000: Building diversity, equity and inclusion into environmental organizations across Puget Sound through its Emerald Alliance.
  • Forterra NW, $40,000: Establishing a conservation easement for 816 acres along Little Skookum Inlet.
  • Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Association, $40,000: Supporting community-guided investment for the protection of northwest straits shorelines and coastal waters.
  • Oceans Initiative, $40,000: Strengthening southern resident killer whale conservation in Puget Sound.
  • Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, $50,000: Bolstering the Puget Sound leadership, clean water regulation, and enforcement projects.
  • PureBlue, $95,000 (multi-year): Adopting technologies that address green infrastructure, pollution runoff, and nutrient reduction targets for Puget Sound recovery.
  • RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, $50,000: Protecting and restoring the biodiversity of Northern Puget Sound.
  • Resource Media, $40,000: Elevating a wide array of voices through the creation of a communications studio centered around Puget Sound storytelling.
  • Salmon Defense, $50,000: Investing in efforts toward salmon recovery as a method to save the orca through the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition.
  • Washington Association of Land Trusts, $35,000 (multi-year): Advancing advocacy and local networks for Puget Sound shoreline protection.
  • Washington Environmental Council, $85,000: Engaging citizens, stakeholders, and decision makers to act as advocates for Puget Sound protection and restoration.

Details for Jane’s Fund grants totaling $175,000 are as follows:

  • College Success Foundation, $50,000 (multi-year): Enhancing college selection support services for low-income, first generation, Tacoma-area high school students.
  • Foundation for Tacoma Students, $25,000: Supporting efforts to increase high school graduation and college completion rates by 50 percent through wrap-around support.
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, $50,000 (multi-year): Sustaining and increasing the Lea Armstrong scholarship, which provides financial assistance to qualified single parent households in Pierce County.
  • R. Merle Palmer Scholars, $50,000 (multi-year): Supporting college readiness training, mentorship, and navigational support through college for qualifying scholars.