The Foundation was created by the Will of Catherine Holmes Wilkins to provide charitable grants to qualified medical research and social service agencies in the Puget Sound region.

Funding Priorities
  • Medical Research and Education:
    To medical and academic centers conducting research and training in areas such as cancer, heart disease, and mental illness.
  • Physically Handicapped and Mentally Ill:
    To community nonprofit agencies providing direct social services to people with physical disabilities or mental illness who are primarily low-income or destitute.
  • Services for the Needy:
    To community-based programs providing immediate support to the needy, with particular emphasis on services for abused women and children.
Foundation Policies
  • Applicants must have IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.
  • Organizations must operate within or significantly affect the residents of the Greater Seattle region: Tacoma to Everett, Seattle, and the Eastside.
  • Applicant organizations not related to medical research must have annual operating budgets less than $1 million. (However, larger groups which have received 2 Wilkins grants within the last 5 years may reapply for support.)
  • Grant applications will not be accepted from organizations which have been declined for funding twice in the previous five years.
  • After receiving three consecutive grants from the foundation, applicants must skip 2 entire years before reapplying (e.g.; if the last grant was awarded in Spring 2015, then the grantee must skip the 2016 and 2017 cycles and is eligible to reapply in Spring 2018).
  • Multi-year funding: groups who have received 2 grants within the previous 5 years may apply for 3-year funding. (See Application Procedures page.)
  • Preference will be given to projects rather than ongoing operating expenses.
  • When funding capital campaigns, preference will be given to smaller campaigns where modest contributions may have an impact.
  • Grants will not be made for debt retirement or to meet operation deficit.
  • Average grant size ranges from $2,000 to $5,000.
  • Grants are not made to individuals or for scholarships.