Areas of Interest

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.