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Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Small Grants Program 
Application deadline: Quarterly
(Jan. 15, Apr. 15, Jul. 15
& Oct. 15)
Download Application Materials 


The Neighbor to Neighbor Small Grants Program (N2N) provides technical assistance and makes small grants to community-based organizations located in South Seattle, White Center and Kent. N2N supports grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power, and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. We believe that supporting these efforts will ultimately lead to greater economic and social equity. Neighbor to Neighbor is particularly interested in supporting organizations that are led by community members and that may have limited access to traditional sources of funding. 

Results We Are Working Towards:

Increased Capacity

  • Grassroots organizations increase resident engagement and mobilization 
  • N2N advisory members effectively support community priorities

Increased Connections

  • Strong networks and relationships within and/or among communities

Increased Influence

  • Greater community influence on practices, programs, initiatives and policies that lead to social and economic equity 
  • N2N advisory members influence funders and policy makers by sharing effective practices and profiling our work
Increased Resources
  • Increased funding and resources for N2N grantees


What N2N Funds:

N2N supports grassroots efforts that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. Priority is on efforts led by diverse low income community members.

Examples of grassroots efforts that N2N has funded:


  • Programs that build leadership among low income community members to organize and lead positive change in their communities. Examples include training, or projects planned and led by community members.
  • Programs that mobilize low income community members to work with others to take action or advocate for policy change. Examples include direct organizing, advocating for identified priorities, focus groups or surveys to identify community priorities and advocacy training.
  • Programs that build trust and relationships within and among community members with a goal of increasing equity and improving the community. Examples include convenings or gatherings to bring community members together, community dialogs or conversations, cross cultural/ intergenerational exchanges and trainings.
  • Programs that build partnerships and coalitions among groups and institutions to work together for more equitable neighborhoods. Examples include co designed, jointly planned projects that address shared community priorities, coalition building, and building capacity for diverse groups to effectively participate in larger coalitions and partnerships. 

Funding Eligibility and Criteria:

Required in order to apply:

1. Charitable status: Applicant organization must have 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status or be fiscally sponsored by another tax exempt organization.

2. Based in the following geographic areas: Applicant organization must be led by residents of  South Seattle, White Center or Kent. South Seattle is defined as areas south of Interstate 90, west of Lake Washington, east of Puget Sound and north of Seattle’s southern border. White Center is defined as the unincorporated area between the cities of Burien and Seattle. Kent is defined as areas south of SE 192nd St., West of Soos Creek, North of SE 272 St and East of and along SR 99.

3. Equity focus:  Applicant’s mission must demonstrate a clear purpose to address economic and racial disparities.

4. Small budget:  Applicant must have a small budget, generally under $200K, and not have received significant grants or contracts.  N2N is particularly interested in supporting organizations that have limited access to traditional sources of funding.

5. Repeat funding:  Prior N2N grantees are welcome to reapply.  Grantees may only apply once a year and must have submitted a final report for past funding before applying again. 

Funding decisions will be based on how well the organization and proposed work meet the following rating criteria:

1. Community engagement:  Does applicant demonstrate its ties to the community it proposes to engage through membership, board and staff leadership, volunteer roles, and partnerships?  Does the proposal clearly describe how community members are involved in planning, leading, and implementing the project?

2. Sound plan:  Does the proposed work demonstrate good planning and budgeting?  Does the applicant identify clear goals, achievable results, and ways to measure progress?  Is the budget reasonable in relation to the applicant’s plans.

3. Financial and human capacity:  Are there adequate staff or volunteers to carry out the work?  Does the organization have enough financial capacity to implement the work? Is there a strong and active board or steering committee in place?  Do they have partnerships that will support this project?

4. Increased engagement, power, and influence.  We expect that organizations we fund will achieve at least one of the following results, and we will prioritize support for work that is likely to achieve multiple results:

  • Increased Engagement.  Will the proposed work increase the engagement and mobilization of community members impacted by racial and economic disparities?  
  • Increased Connections.  Will the proposed work strengthen or deepen networks, relationships and/or partnerships within and among communities?
  • Increased Influence.  Will the proposed work increase the capacity of residents to influence policies and practices that impact the community?


N2N awards grants on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting applications are January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15. Organizations are eligible for funding once per calendar year.

Application Instructions

Step One: Contact N2N’s Program Consultant, Judy de Barros, to ensure that you are a strong fit for our current funding strategies. Please contact or call (206) 234-2456. 

Step Two: If eligible, the second step is to download and complete the N2N application. Technical assistance is available to complete the application. As appropriate, staff may assist you in planning your project, identifying a fiscal sponsor, identifying potential partners, reviewing and commenting on drafts of your proposal, and /or connecting you to other available resources in the community. 

Step Three: Once your application is completed, the third step is to submit it, by the quarterly deadlines to The Seattle Foundation. Please send completed applications electronically to or mail a copy to: 

Neighbor to Neighbor 

The Seattle Foundation 

1200 5th Ave, Ste 1300 

Seattle, WA 98101 

Once your proposal has been received, we will follow up by phone and may meet with members of your organization to learn more about your work and discuss your request.  

If you have any questions about the N2N application process, please contact Judy de Barros at (206) 234 2456.