Foundation Policies

Who can apply

  • Previous grantees may submit a project summary email (see Application Procedures), and organizations selected by the foundation trustee may submit a full proposal.
  • All applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations located in the states of Washington and Alaska meeting the interest areas described on the home page.

    (As the foundation has historically made grants to groups in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, trustees may occasionally invite proposals from those states, by invitation only.)

  • Community-based projects working to restore habitat and wildlife by activating volunteers and local residents.
  • Collaborative and coalition-building projects involving a number of organizations working together to share strengths and maximize effectiveness.
  • Cultural and natural history institutions using a community-based approach to explore the history and traditions of the greater Puget Sound area.
  • Projects from Native American communities on issues related to cultural preservation and protection of natural resources.
  • The foundation is particularly interested in supporting the work of marginalized communities and institutions who may have difficulty accessing funding from mainstream sources.
  • The foundation does not make grants to projects focused on research or academic studies.

Average grant size

$2,500 to $10,000


The foundation does not support overhead costs, such as a percentage of a grant paid to universities or sponsoring organizations.