Foundation Policies

Who can apply

  • 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.
  • Only previous Ferguson Foundation grantees are eligible to apply for funding. (See Application Procedures) Trustees may occasionally invite proposals from Oregon and Montana.
  • 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, nor for media/film production.
  • The foundation does not support overhead costs, such as a percentage of a grant paid to universities or sponsoring organizations.

Average grant size

$2,500 to $10,000