Application Procedures

If your organization has received a grant from the Ferguson Foundation in the past, please send a brief email (no more than several paragraphs) describing the proposed project for which you would be requesting support. Indicate the amount you will be requesting. Provide this information in the body of the email, not as an attachment. This is meant to be a very brief summary. An elevator speech. A short pitch. Brevity is appreciated. This is not a full “letter of interest”, but a brief introduction of the project. This text must not exceed one page when printed — only one page will be printed and read. (If you do not receive an email acknowledgment within two days of sending your request, please re-submit.)

If you are invited to submit a proposal after submitting the email summary, please provide the following information as a full proposal:

A brief narrative (2 pages max) of the project for which funds are requested, including a brief history of your organization, goals and strategies, and method for evaluating effectiveness. It’s helpful to learn about your collaborations, or your particular niche in the community. Attach a succinct budget (expenses and income, including other sources of income, actual and projected) for the organization as well as a project budget if you are requesting funds for a specific program. Include the organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption letter, and a list of your board of directors.

When to apply

Hard-copy proposal materials must be received by the following deadlines. (No delivery requiring a signature.) If the deadline falls on a weekend, the due-date is the following Monday. Email summaries must arrive by 5:00 p.m. Late arrivals will be applied to the following grant cycle.

Email Summary Proposal DueDecision
Spring CycleJanuary 15February 28Late March
Fall CycleJuly15August 28Late November

Submission and questions

  • To submit a brief letter of inquiry, send an email – previous grantees only!
  • Applications must be mailed to the address below – invited organizations only!

If you have questions, contact Therese Ogle via phone or e-mail.

Therese Ogle
Foundation Advisor
6723 Sycamore Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117