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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 theGreater 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 two Wilkins grants within the last five 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 grants from the foundation, applicants must wait two years before re-applying.
  • Multi-year funding: groups who have received two grants within the previous five years may apply for three-year funding. (See application process below.)
  • 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.