Approximately 75% of the annual grant budget is awarded to organizations serving the homeless and hungry. (Funding in this category is directed to groups serving a homeless or near-homeless constituency. Priority is given to organizations whose core mission is ending homelessness, serving the homeless, or feeding the hungry.)
Approximately 25% of the annual grant budget is awarded to various areas of the arts and cultural organizations and programs. (Funding in this category is directed solely towards ongoing, educational and community-based programs providing arts and cultural opportunities for youth from underserved constituencies. We particularly encourage community-based arts programs that serve the foundation’s primary target population of people suffering from homelessness and/or hunger.)
Approximately $200,000 is awarded each year. Most grants awarded are between $2,000 and $5,000.
After receiving three consecutive annual grants, a group is asked to wait one year before re-applying for funds.
The Foundation will support only:
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups in the city of Seattle that meet the above criteria. (Groups located in areas contiguous to Seattle, and serving primarily a Seattle population, or targeting a project specifically to Seattle residents, are also eligible to apply.)
- Organizations in existence for three years or more.
- Preference is given to organizations receiving past support from the Fales Foundation.
The Foundation will NOT support:
- Capital campaigns or expenditures.
- Loans or investments.
- Fundraising events.
- Projects of a political or religious nature.
- Individual requests for research or scholarships.
- Computer, software, or office equipment purchases.
- Projects of an individual artist, even if under the sponsorship of a 501(c)3 organization.
- Film productions; book publications.
- One-time or short-term concerts, productions, or arts events.