Community Capital Facilities

You may not think about the Department of Commerce when your school gets a new HVAC system, saving on heating costs and improving comfort — or when the neighborhood senior center is expanded, or a downtown building is redeveloped to provide affordable housing with a daycare center and job training rooms. But those are all part of the work at Commerce.

Some of our most visible work is the result of reimbursement-style grants we provide to local governments and nonprofit organizations to help communities build and improve a variety of public facilities. All of these programs are funded by the sale of state bonds. Funding reaches the community through several competitive grant programs or capital projects introduced by the Governor or the Legislature.


The front of the University Heights School

Building Communities Fund

State grants are available to nonprofit, community-based organizations to defray eligible capital costs to acquire, construct, renovate or rehabilitate nonresidential community and social service centers.

Read more about the Building Communities Fund.

The interior of a renovated Washington State theater

Building for the Arts

Since 1991, the state has awarded award grants to nonprofit performing arts, art museum and cultural organizations.

Read more about Building for the Arts.

You recreational facility group

Youth Recreational Facilities

State grants are available to nonprofit organizations to help defray eligible capital costs for acquisition, construction and renovation of nonresidential youth recreational facilities.

Read more about Youth Recreational Facilities.

Children in a classroom with learning materials

Early Learning Facilities Program

Commerce will issue capital grants through a competitive process to K-12 school districts and eligible organizations to create additional early learning facilities. The Early Learning Facilities program supports Washington’s commitment of developing more high quality early learning opportunities for low-income children.

Read more about Early Learning Facilities Program.

Valley Cities Recovery Center - Kent

Behavioral Health Facilities

These grants help pay for construction and equipment costs to support new or established behavioral health facilities, such as community hospital inpatient psychiatric beds, free-standing evaluation and treatment, triage and crisis stabilization facilities.

Read more about Behavioral Health Facilities.
Behavioral Health Model Ordinance Project.

Library Capital Improvement Program

The Library Capital Improvement Program was created by the Legislature in their 2019 Regular Session to assist libraries operated by governmental units to acquire, construct, or rehabilitate their facilities. Priority is given to library facilities listed on local, state, or federal registers of historic places and those located in distressed or rural areas.

Read more about the Library Capital Improvement Program.

CCF Resource Toolkit

The Community Capital Facilities Resource Toolkit can be used as a guide to help organizations and communities better understand the local & community projects and direct appropriation contract process.

Visit the CCF Resource Toolkit page.


To contact a member of our staff, please review the CCF Contact List (Excel)


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