Application Guidelines

Foundation Policies

What We Support:

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) group and meet the stated areas of interest. We’ll review proposals from well-organized start-up groups with realistic budgets and strategies, as well as groups with a longer history. We’ll support general operating expenses as well as special projects.

Geographical Restrictions:

Applicants must be based in the Puget Sound area. However, Native American projects, and environmental habitat protection programs throughout Washington state may apply.

Grants Are Not Made For:

Individuals, scholarships, schools, capital expenses or renovation projects, food or shelter programs, research or publications, website development, programs with a religious message or proselytizing approach, athletic events or sponsorships.

Average Grant Size:

$1,000 to $5,000. Total annual grants: $30,000 to $50,000.

Proposal Review:

Trustees may request a site visit to learn more about a program’s goals, strategies and constituency. Grantees are asked to submit a brief year-end report at the conclusion of the on-year grant period.

Online Application:

Do not send applications via regular mail or email. Complete application form below if your organization or project meets interest areas.

Repeat Funding:

After four grants, a group is asked to wait a full year before reapplying.


Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted using our online application.

Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

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When to Apply

  • For a Mid-June decision
    Proposals are due the 2nd Friday of April
  • For a Mid-November decision
    Proposals are due the 2nd Friday of September

Online applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on the date indicated.