Vision Statementrec

Collaboration between recreational groups through enhanced communication and leveraging of resources to create a healthier community for all ages.

Mission Statement

To create and sustain a resource hub that will foster opportunities and assist recreational entities with education, coordination, funding, communication and training.

Focus of the Recreation CAB

The Recreation Core Area Board (CAB) works to expand collaboration and leverage resources across recreational organizations, develop matching funds, grants, endowments and other initiatives for eligible youth, adults and seniors to participate in recreational programs and classes that foster human development and promote health and wellness, and for equipment and facilities essential to sustain such programs across our greater peninsula communities.


GGHF provides support to community-based recreation facilities for organized sports, concerts and other community events, and sanctuaries for quiet relaxation and the preservation and enjoyment of nature—recreation activities enhance the quality of life in our community on a daily basis.

Our community’s recreation resources include public and private structures and facilities, parks, open land, water and green spaces. Successful communities also have recreation venues that are often used for other activities, such as concert and theatrical performances, tourism, community cultural, educational and social activities, and family or neighborhood gatherings. Working together to serve the needs of the “One Peninsula” community the GGHF Recreation Board will work across agencies and organizations to identify and find ways to help meet the broad recreational needs of our community.

Community Recreation Fund

Started in 2014, the Community Recreation Fund is dedicated to enhancing the role of recreation as a positive force in improving the quality of life of local youth. We do this by investing in area sports and recreation programs seeking to provide greater opportunities for those who are economically, physically or mentally disadvantaged.

Local sports and recreation organizations looking to help disadvantaged kids participate in their programs now have an opportunity to receive financial assistance through GGHF’s Community Recreation Fund.

In 2014, the Foundation’s Recreation CAB hosted the inaugural The Big Sports Gig —featuring former Seattle Mariners pitcher Brian Holman, former Seattle Sounders forward Roger Levesque, and current Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak team head coach Alan Anderson as guest speakers at the dinner and auction event.

Over the past four years, the Community Recreation Fund has provided over $25,000 in grants to are organizations dedicated to helping kids participate in local sports programs who are otherwise financially unable to do so.

All non-profit youth sports/recreation organizations operating programs in the greater Gig Harbor and Key peninsulas are eligible to apply.

Grants up to $1,500 per organization are awarded in two cycles annually. The application and scoring criteria can be downloaded below:

pdfCommunity Recreation Grant Application

pdfScoring Criteria

Submissions must be post-marked by Dec. 1 or May 1, depending on cycle you are submitting to. Notice of awards will be made within 45 days.

Please address submissions to:

Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, c/o Recreation CAB, 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 102, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Electronic submissions are encouraged, and should be emailed to: