Funds infusion means nonprofit center construction coming soon

In the just-passed state capital budget, United Way of Kitsap County received $605,000 from the Washington Department of Commerce for a new nonprofit center at its present location at 647 Fourth St., Bremerton.
The allocation means United Way has roughly $2 million now in hand to commence with the project that will create new space for a nonprofit center, plus conference rooms. The project, which also will include some exterior facade updates, costs about that amount.
Previous funding over two years $1.2 million in federal funding, $400,000 from donations, and a $120,000 grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to David Foote, executive director.
Construction bids go out next month.
The concept behind the nonprofit center is for the agencies to share common services and facilities, cutting their costs. The conference rooms, for example, will be used by all.
The remodel will allow for space for four additional nonprofits. Six are there now. Besides United Way, they include Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Catholic Community Services, Leadership Kitsap, Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help, and Puget Rental Owners Association.

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