Current Grant Opportunities

Seattle Foundation offers competitive grant opportunities to support local community organizations.

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Seattle Foundation runs a variety of competitive grant cycles throughout the year that are open to eligible local nonprofits. This page is updated regularly with all our open grant cycles along with currently closed, but scheduled to repeat grant cycles. Please email grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org or call 206.515.2109 with any questions.

If you have received funding, please complete and return the Grant Status Report (docx) to grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org within a year of receiving a discretionary grant.

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Current Opportunities

Neighbor to Neighbor

N2N awards grants on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting applications are January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30.

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) supports grassroots efforts that increase engagement, power and influence of community members affected by poverty and racial disparities. Priority is on efforts led by people from diverse and under-invested communities. Begun in 1991, the grant and technical assistance program is a key strategy of Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships. Serving community-based organizations in South Seattle, White Center and Kent and focused on organizations with small budget sizes, N2N plays a crucial role in supporting the Foundation’s mission: to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

N2N awards grants on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting applications are January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30. Organizations are eligible for funding once per calendar year.

Read more about the application process.

The Whitehorse Foundation

Letters of inquiry can be submitted on an ongoing basis to grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org

The Whitehorse Foundation was established in 1990 as a supporting organization of Seattle Foundation. The mission of The Whitehorse Foundation is to fund organizations working to improve the quality of life for residents of Snohomish County, Washington. The Foundation focuses on programs that address prevention of problems and community challenges rather than later interventions.

In particular, it funds comprehensive services that respond to the full range of child, youth and family needs. The Foundation seeks funding requests for programs and projects that:

  • Strengthen families’ capacity to support, nurture and guide their children

  • Promote responsive parenting to improve children’s emotional, economic and social well-being

  • Help families acquire the knowledge and skills to be self-sufficient

  • Involve families and residents in program design, development and management

  • Are responsive to cultural, gender, ability and racial differences

Preference is also given to funding requests for programs and projects that include other sources of funding and have strong community support.

There is a two-step application process. The first step is to submit a concise two-page letter of inquiry describing your project and request. The second step is to be invited to submit a full application if your request meets the Foundation’s funding criteria.

Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at quarterly board meetings.

The Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation was established in 1976 directed by the Will of Norman S. Archibald to benefit nonprofit organizations serving the needs of Northwest Washington. After 40 years of operating as a private foundation, we have transitioned to a donor advised fund at Seattle Foundation. 

The priority is to provide funding for capital and equipment projects to organizations working to improve the quality of life and benefit residents in Northwest Washington.  Applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that operates within the Northwest Washington region.

If you are an arts or a youth arts related organization in King and Pierce counties, please contact ArtsFund, as Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation provided support for their grantmaking. Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation does not fund school foundations.

Please visit the Norman Archibald Charitable Foundation website for guidelines and to apply.

The Morgan Fund

The Morgan Fund grant applications are due Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5pm (PT)

The Morgan Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2022 request for proposals to support performing arts organizations located in the Washington, D.C. and Seattle areas focusing on dance and theatre. The Morgan Fund will accept both general operating support and project-based proposals.

Proposals ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will be considered. Applicant organizations must be tax-exempt nonprofits under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. The application deadline is Friday, September 16, at 5 PM (PT). Here is the direct link to the application.

Please email us at TheMorganFund@seattlefoundation.org if there are any questions.

F5 Foundation STEM Education Grants For Women and Girls of Color

The F5 STEM Education Grant applications are due August 19, 2022 at 11:45pm PST.

The F5 Foundation was established in 2018 as a Seattle Foundation corporate philanthropy partner.

F5 believes that world-changing ideas should not be limited by an individual’s gender, race, nationality, or socio-economic status. F5 is committed to helping build the pipeline of tomorrow’s female changemakers and future leaders through our science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Education Grants by investing in programs to increase access to STEM education and career opportunities for girls and women of color.

F5 invites eligible nonprofits to apply for their F5 STEM Education Grants of $50,000. Those served through the funding must be majority (>50%) women of color and/or girls of color. Grant details, eligibility requirements, and the application can be found here.


Closed Grant Cycles

Benjamin N Phillips Memorial Fund

The Phillips Fund grant applications are due June 3 at 5pm (PDT)

Before applying, please contact Claire Bishop at clairebishop1953@gmail.com or 206.799.8563 to ensure that your organization is a strong fit for our funding strategies.

The Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund awards grants annually to a broad range of charitable organizations serving Clallam County. The fund is a legacy gift of Benjamin Phillips and was established following the death of Phillips’ second wife.

$375,000 is available for grants. For more information, please visit the online application - https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=seattle. Please choose Create a New Account. Once you get logged in, scroll down to The Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund 2022 Grant Application and choose Apply. For questions, please contact Ceil Erickson at c.erickson@seattlefoundation.org.

The Medical Funds

The Medical Funds grant applications were due April 15, 2022 at 5pm (PDT).

Seattle Foundation administers the Medical Funds program to support medical research of potential benefit to the community and to address specific healthcare needs of low-income children. All applicant organizations must be located primarily in King County and qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

A total amount of $200,000 is available for grants annually. Typically no more than $25,000 is disbursed to any one organization. For questions, please contact Ceil Erickson at c.erickson@seattlefoundation.org.

Fund for Inclusive Recovery

The final letters of inquiry were due on November 19, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.

The Fund for Inclusive Recovery is a new pooled fund with the focus of meeting the critical needs and opportunities facing communities most impacted by the pandemic. The Fund will drive investments to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)- led and rooted nonprofit organizations, movements, and coalitions, creating a pathway for Greater Seattle’s inclusive recovery.

In this first phase of investment, we are looking to support Community Power and Base Building approaches that create the necessary foundation for meaningful systems and policy change. The Fund seeks to build on what we’ve learned from immediate pandemic response funding and ongoing advice from community leaders and groups who are leading community change approaches. With that in mind, we seek to support community-led approaches changing the racist and discriminatory systems that perpetuate inequities. We trust organizations in community to focus on areas of greatest importance and relevance in their approach. We will be providing flexible resources to support the necessary time, organizing, and staffing to support base building efforts and recognize the success of this work requires assessing the landscape, building partnerships, and engaging community and systems decision makers. The Fund anticipates a high volume of applications and is hosting a two-part LOI and full application process in order to support emerging ideas and decrease the burden on interested applicants.

Nonprofit Effectiveness Grant Program

The most recent application cycle closed on October 15, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.

Seattle Foundation is committed to nonprofit effectiveness, and the overall health of the sector. Grants will be made to local capacity building intermediaries, which have deep experience with providing programs that sustain the effectiveness and stability of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations.  The resilience and capacity of BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations are crucial because these nonprofits play essential roles in responding to major disruptions and long-standing and emerging community needs. 

Please contact Ceil Erickson at c.erickson@seattlefoundation.org for any questions.

Resilience Fund

The most recent application cycle closed on October 8, 2021. Seattle Foundation has paused the Resilience Fund for 2022. We will inform our nonprofit community if Resilience Fund resumes in the future.

Partnership Mobilization Grants

The most recent application cycle closed on August 20, 2021. Seattle Foundation has paused Partnership Mobilization for 2022. We will inform our nonprofit community if Partnership Mobilization resumes in the future.

Through the Partnership Mobilization program, nonprofit partnerships can apply for a total of up to $30,000 to fund partnerships that strengthen the civic voice and participation of underrepresented communities to increase racial and economic equity. Grants range from $2,000 - $10,000 per partner organization. These grants are flexible, one-time investments to existing and emerging partnerships and coalitions to develop or strengthen organizational relationships and collaboration and to reduce the barriers in building partnerships and relationships. Groups may self-define the nature of their partnerships (e.g., ethnicity, geography, service area, issue, etc.). Grant dollars will support planning, coordination, staff time, facilitation and other costs associated with building partnerships. 

Please contact Sally Gillis with questions at s.gillis@seattlefoundation.org.

Creative Equity Fund

The most recent application cycle closed on May 3, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.

Creative Equity Fund supports arts and culture-based strategies that address the structural racism impacting our communities and build racial justice. For 2021/2022, the Creative Equity Fund aims to direct a total of $600,000 to support arts and cultural groups and other community-based organizations located within King County which are actively using arts and culture-based strategies to 3work toward racial justice. This current round of funding will focus on making grants to organizations most directly impacted by structural racism and colonization, those that are led by and serve Black and Indigenous people.

Creative Equity Fund is administered by Seattle Foundation and made possible thanks to the generous support from a collection of funders, including ArtsFund, 4Culture, Macklemore, Microsoft, Satterberg Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Foundation, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and individual philanthropists. 

For questions about the Creative Equity Fund, please contact Jonathan Cunningham at j.cunningham@seattlefoundation.org.

Voter Education Fund

The most recent Request for Proposal (RFP) closed on April 2, 2021.

Seattle Foundation and King County elections are partnering to increase engagement and voter participation through the Voter Education Fund. The partners have committed $950,000 in grants over the next two years to organizations working to address low voter turnout within historically excluded communities. Selected organizations will be funded for two years to do voter outreach and activities for the 2021 and 2022 election cycles.

The Voter Education Fund will provide grants to organizations that work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically excluded communities including, but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, limited English speaking (LES), LGBTQ residents, formerly incarcerated individuals and residents in South King County. Applicants can apply for up to $40,000 to develop and implement a robust campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $15,000 to provide a series of targeted events.

For questions about the Voter Education Fund, contact Vanesa Gutierrez at v.gutierrez@seattlefoundation.org.

C. Keith Birkenfeld Charitable Area of Interest Fund

The C. Keith Birkenfeld Fund is in the process of concluding its grantmaking activity. However, if former grantees have questions or are seeking information concerning signage, please contact Claire Bishop at clairebishop1953@gmail.com or 206.799.8563.

 

Youth Grantmaking Board RFP

The most recent application cycle completed on March 25, 2020.

Supported by Foundation staff and community experts, the Youth Grantmaking Board (YGB) helps young people learn how philanthropy can create positive change in their community by giving them the opportunity to take the lead on all phases of grantmaking.

The 2020 Youth Grantmaking Board invited proposals from established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or those under the fiscal sponsorship of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, focused on focused on two complimentary Seattle Foundation priorities, Climate Justice and Catalyzing Community.

Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change

The most recent application cycle closed on September 16, 2019.

COO Systems & Policy Change RFP invites proposals from community-led and community-engaged efforts to transform systems and policies for stronger community connections, economic opportunity, better health, and/or housing that will decrease and/or prevent continued inequity in communities of color in King County.  This is a two year grant cycle, organizations can apply for up to $100,000 annually, coalitions may apply for up to $200,000 annually. 

If you have questions, please contact Vanesa Gutierrez at v.gutierrez@seattlefoundation.org for additional information.

Engagement Pipeline

 

The most recent application cycle closed on February 1, 2019. Seattle Foundation has paused the Engagement Pipeline program and we will inform our nonprofit community if the program resumes in the future.

To help evaluate and measure how Seattle Foundation's support helped your organization, please complete and return the Grant Status Report within a year of receiving funding. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at grantmaking@seattlefoundation.org or call 206.515.2109.