Fund for Inclusive Recovery
Letter of Inquiry due November 19, 2021 by 11:59 PM PST.
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.
Please review more information about this funding opportunity here. To submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) go to Seattle Foundation’s online application system. LOIs are due by 11:59 PM PST on November 19, 2021.
You will need to create an account to begin the application process. If you already have a Seattle Foundation account, you can use the same login information. Once logged in, click Apply at the top navigation bar and find the application form in the list of opportunities.
Optional Information Sessions will be held November 5th, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM PST, and November 9th, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM PST on Zoom to answer questions about this funding opportunity. Please register here for the November 5th session or here for the November 9th session.
For technical questions about submitting your application, please contact our grants management staff at email@example.com. For questions about the funding opportunity, please contact FIR@seattlefoundation.org and a member of our grantmaking team will respond.
Resilience Fund grant applications are due October 8th, 2021 at 5pm (PDT).
Seattle Foundation created the Resilience Fund in 2017 as a vehicle for timely, flexible grantmaking to address urgent needs due to a shift in federal policies, funding and the national political climate. Grants are made to nonprofits facing increased needs for support, legal guidance, organizing and advocacy to address threats and discrimination based on factors including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability and country of origin. Requests for our 2021 grant cycle can focus on ongoing activities your organization is doing or new activities. The proposed activities must be tied to providing critical services to vulnerable residents whose health, safety, and human rights are at risk.
Please note: The Resilience Fund is not accepting grant proposals from current 2020 Resilience Fund grant recipients.
Review the application here. The 2021 deadline to apply to the Resilience Fund is October 8th, 2021 at 5 P.M. (PDT). Organizations can apply for up to $20,000.
Additionally, we hosted an informational webinar about this grant opportunity on Friday, September 17. The 38-minute session can be viewed here.
Please contact Jonathan Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Nonprofit Effectiveness Grant Program
Applications are due October 15, 2021 at 5:00pm (PDT).
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.
Visit the online application to apply. Applications are due October 15, 2021 at 5:00pm (PDT).
Please contact Ceil Erickson at email@example.com for any questions.
The Morgan Fund
Applications are due Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 5 pm PDT.
The Morgan Fund, a Donor Advised Fund at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2021 request for proposals to support performing arts organizations located in the Seattle/Western Washington and Washington, DC regions focusing on dance and theatre. Given that COVID-19 has significantly disrupted and challenged the performing arts community, The Morgan Fund has decided to provide flexible funding in the 2021 cycle to meet the needs of organizations as they work to relaunch in-person programming.
Proposals ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will be considered. Applicant organizations must be a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organization. The Morgan Fund intends to distribute approximately $250,000 in funding this cycle, and the application deadline is Wednesday, September 15, at 5 PM (PDT). Here is the direct link to the application.
Please note that we are currently experiencing issues updating the website. For the time being, please view the online application form and email us if there are any questions.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Closed Grant Cycles
Vibrant Democracy Initiative Partnership Mobilization Grants
The most recent application cycle closed on August 20, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
Through the Partnership Mobilization program, part of Seattle Foundation's Vibrant Democracy Initiative, 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.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions within 60 days of submitting a proposal.
Visit the online application to apply. Please contact Bao-Tram Do for any questions at 206.515.2133.
East King County Community Fund
Supporting vulnerable residents of the Eastside navigating the health and economic impacts of COVID. The most recent grant cycle closed on May 21, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold, community-based organizations play a critical role in providing services to those most impacted by the pandemic. Organizations on the frontlines of the pandemic are navigating increased need for services, working longer hours, and being asked to do more with less funding. To help address these challenges, the East King County Community Fund will provide general operating support grants to organizations supporting the immediate and sustained needs of East King County residents who are navigating the health and economic impacts of COVID.
The Fund will prioritize funding to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led and serving organizations located in the geographic region of East King County (1-90 from Mercer Island east to the county line and north to the county line). Programmatic efforts may address a variety of issues including: food security, housing and rental assistance, childcare, education, employment, healthcare, and mental and behavioral health.
To apply, please visit the online application. Please submit applications by 5:00pm PST on Friday, May 21st. For questions about the East King County Community Fund, contact Sally Gillis at email@example.com or Ceil Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.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.
To apply, please visit the online application. Seattle Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture also hosted a Creative Equity Fund webinar and Q&A on April 14 from 11 AM-12 PM PST. A recording of the webinar is available here. Our FAQs regarding this latest funding effort is available for any prospective grant seekers. For additional questions about the Voter Education Fund, please contact Jonathan Cunningham at email@example.com.
The Medical Funds
The most recent application cycle closed on April 14, 2021. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
Seattle Foundation administers the Medical Funds program to support medical research of potential benefit to the community and to address specific healthcare needs. 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 more information, please visit the online application. Please choose Create a New Account. Once you get logged in, scroll down to The Medical Funds application and choose Apply. For questions, please contact Tom McIntire at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Preview the Request for Proposal (RFP) and application questions prior to getting started. To apply, go to bit.ly/VEFKingCounty. For questions about the Voter Education Fund, contact Bao-Tram Do at email@example.com.
Benjamin N Phillips Memorial Fund
The Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund will not host an open application process in 2021. The Phillips Fund will select nonprofit organizations for grants that are working effectively to diminish the consequences of the COVID 19. Focusing on projects providing relief from the COVID 19 induced economic and health crises; that will promote economic recovery, and invest in the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizational efforts.
The Phillips Fund remains deeply committed to the residents, organizations and Tribes in Clallam County. For more information, please contact Claire Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.799.8563.
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 email@example.com or 206.799.8563.
Perigee Fund – RFP Announcement
The deadline for submitting an application is January 7, 2021.
Perigee Fund is a supporting organization of Seattle Foundation and is committed to the wellbeing of expectant families and families with young children across Washington State. Perigee prioritizes families affected by poverty, racism, and/or trauma. Their grantmaking is rooted in the belief that supporting the emotional needs of parents and young children is essential to their wellbeing and healthy early development.
Perigee Fund seeks a design partner to develop a groundbreaking guaranteed basic income pilot program in Washington State for pregnant families, supporting them from the time of pregnancy through age three. Please visit the Perigee Fund website for more information.
COO Black Led Systems and Policy Change
The most recent application cycle closed on October 27, 2020. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
Communities of Opportunity (COO) commits $725,000 to system and policy change projects led by and for Black communities in King County. Eligible partnerships of Black-led (including African descent and diaspora) organizations working on systems and policy change in Black communities may apply for funding through this Request for Proposals. Organizations must apply in partnerships of two or more working towards a common outcome. Applicants are eligible for up to $145,000 for work taking place in 2021.
For more information, visit the online application to apply. Please contact Dionne Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Perigee Fund – Family Wellbeing Grant Opportunity
The most recent application cycle closed on October 22, 2020. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
Perigee Fund is a supporting organization of Seattle Foundation and is committed to the wellbeing of expectant families and families with young children across Washington State. Perigee prioritizes families affected by poverty, racism, and/or trauma. Our grantmaking is rooted in the belief that supporting the emotional needs of parents and young children is essential to their wellbeing and healthy early development.
We know families continue to face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. Perigee is looking to resource organizations across the state working to support families disproportionally affected by stress, isolation, and the compounding economic and health crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism.
Applicants will be eligible for general operating support grants of up to $50,000 for six months, and funds are intended to resource existing programs led by community-based organizations, including both formal and informal mental health supports. Our hope is that the grants will strengthen the wellbeing of pregnant people and parents/caregivers with young children (0-5 years old), along with their children, in the following ways:
- Increase connection to reduce stress, trauma and isolation;
- Support culturally specific and community-specific approaches that promote emotional wellbeing and healthy relationships;
- Support services that strengthen caregiver and child relationships.
For more information about this grant opportunity click here for English and here for Spanish. Please contact Gloris Estrella at email@example.com with any questions.
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 invites 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.
Learn more about the 2020 application process and apply online.
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 Dionne Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The most recent application cycle closed on February 1, 2019. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
As part of our Vibrant Democracy Initiative, the Engagement Pipeline program focuses on strengthening the voice and participation of underrepresented communities to ensure more equitable systems change. The Engagement Pipeline invests in programs that build community power by strengthening individual leaders who participate in community change activities that mobilize the broader community. Three-year grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 per year will support organizations or networks of organizations working to increase the power of specific communities through leadership development and community mobilization.
Robert Chinn Foundation Grant Program
The most recent application cycle closed on June 28, 2019. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
Robert Chinn founded United Savings and Loan in 1960, the first Asian-owned bank in the United States. The family established a foundation in 1986 to honor Robert Chinn and continue his work of helping local neighbors through its mission to improve the civic, educational and cultural quality of life of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The Asian Resource Center was built in 1994 to further this mission and provide a location in the community for cultural, athletic, civic and educational programs. In 2004 the Asian Hall of Fame was established to honor achievement, inspire the next generation and build the national community of Asian Pacific Americans.
With the sale of the Asian Resource Center in 2014, the foundation transitioned to a grant-based philanthropic organization. The Robert Chinn Foundation (RCF) Grant Program awards funds for specific projects and programs devoted to art, culture, health and youth development. Requests for operating grants, capital campaigns or to individuals will not be considered. The fund supports nonprofit organizations nationally serving children and families.
The RCF Grant Program will consider requests for program funding in the following areas:
- Art, Culture and Performing Arts: support programs that provide equitable access to diverse arts experiences.
- Health: support programs that provide outreach, access and education to Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
- Youth Development: support athletics, mentoring and leadership programs.
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Organizations may apply every two years.
Voter Education Fund
The most recent application cycle closed on April 1, 2019. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.
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 marginalized communities. Selected organizations will be funded for two years and are expected to do voter outreach and activities for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles.
The Voter Education Fund will provide grants to organizations that work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, communities 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 strategic, ongoing 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 Jonathan Cunningham at email@example.com.