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.


Current Opportunities

Resilience Fund

Submit applications online by 5 p.m, May 8, 2018.

The Resilience Fund supports and strengthens community organizations that are working to increase the protections and resilience of vulnerable residents in King County. This fund is similar to rapid response funds developed around the nation by other communities and organizations to address increasing needs and concerns. Developed by Seattle Foundation with support from King County, Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation, Bank of America, New York Community TrustSheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Emerald Fund and individual philanthropists, the Resilience Fund has two cycles per year, providing grants of up to $20,000 to community-based nonprofits.

Read more about the application process.

Benjamin N Phillips Memorial Fund

Submit applications online by 5 p.m, June 1, 2018.

Before applying, please contact Claire Bishop at claireb96@comcast.net to ensure that your organization is a strong fit for our funding strategies.

This Fund awards grants annually to a broad range of charitable organizations serving Clallam County and is a legacy gift of Benjamin Phillips.

Phillips was born in Akron, Colo., in 1888. After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to Port Angeles in 1913 at the age of 25. The following year he opened the Port Angeles Trust & Savings Co., which became First National Bank, and was later absorbed by Bank of America. In addition to being a successful banker, he became an established community leader in Clallam County. A long-time member of the Library Board, Phillips enjoyed classical music, particularly through Seattle Opera and the Port Angeles Symphony. The Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund was established to benefit Clallam County residents following the death of Phillips’ second wife.

Phillips Fund grantees are required to submit a grant status report at the conclusion of the grant period. Current grantees are ineligible to apply for funding if they have received two years of Phillips Fund support. Previously-funded organizations may re-apply after a one-year hiatus.

Seattle Foundation has moved to an online application system. After you have contacted Claire Bishop to discuss your organization, please use this online system for full criteria and the Phillips application.

Vibrant Democracy Initiative Partnership Mobilization Grants

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 increase the civic voice and participation of underrepresented communities. Grants range from $2,000 - $10,000 per partner organization. These grants are catalytic, one-time investments to existing and emerging partnerships and coalitions to develop or strengthen organizational relationships and collaboration and to reduce the equity gap 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.

The Partnership Mobilization grant proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn more about the grant process.

Neighbor to Neighbor

N2N awards grants on a quarterly basis. The deadlines for submitting applications are January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15.

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 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15. 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.


Closed Grant Cycles

Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Fund at Seattle Foundation

The 2018 Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Fund application process will open in June.

The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust was established in 2006 as an Area of Interest Fund of Seattle Foundation. The goal of the Trust is to make one-time grants to organizations improving the quality of life for Puget Sound residents. We are look for organizations that are working in the arts, horticulture, wildlife, maritime and human service sectors, particularly agencies serving residents in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon.

Grants are awarded annually, with Kitsap County charitable organizations receiving first consideration. Previous grants made by the Trust range from $3,000 to $1,000,000, with an average grant size of $220,000.

The Medical Funds

The 2018 Medical Funds application process will open in August.

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 $175,000 is available for grants annually. Typically no more than $25,000 is disbursed to any one organization.

Applications (docx) and all required materials are sent via email AND postal mail (postmarked). Learn more about the application process (pdf).

A full report (docx) of how the funds were used is due within 12 months of receipt of the grant. Any funds not used for the purpose specified should be returned to Seattle Foundation.

Youth Grantmaking Board RFP

The most recent application cycle closed March 8, 2018. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.

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 2018 Youth Grantmaking Board focused on funding established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or those under the fiscal sponsorship of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, focused on advocacy and organizing for immigrants and refugees in the King County area.

Learn more about the 2018 application process for nonprofits.

Voter Education Fund

The most recent application cycle closed March 5, 2018. Stay tuned for any upcoming rounds of funding.

The Voter Education Fund is a government, philanthropic and community partnership to remove barriers to voting in diverse communities. Founded and funded by Seattle Foundation and King County Elections, the Fund invested $460,000 in its most recent cycle to organizations working to address low voter turnout within marginalized communities.

The Voter Education Fund prioritizes grants to organizations that work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, communities of color, limited-English speaking communities, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, people convicted of a felony, people with disabilities and low-income youth. Applicants can apply for up to $20,000 to develop an ongoing campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $10,000 to provide a series of smaller events.

 

Learn about the application process.

The Morgan Fund Puget Sound Initiative

The most recent application cycle closed in September 2017. Stay tuned for dates for any upcoming round of funding.

The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, is proud to announce the 2017 round of the Puget Sound Initiative—a funding opportunity for small to medium dance and theatre organizations located in Western Washington, Central Washington and the Greater Portland area. Proposals ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 will be considered for production support, equipment purchases, professional development and strategic business initiatives that strengthen artistic quality. 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 $250,000 in funding this cycle and the application deadline is September 30, 2017.

Please visit www.themorganfund.com to view full details or to complete the online application form.

Robert Chinn Foundation Grant Program

The most recent application cycle closed in August 2017. Stay tuned for dates for any upcoming round 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.

Priorities
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.

Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change

The most recent application cycle closed in November 2017. Stay tuned for dates for any upcoming round of funding.

Communities of Opportunity, a partnership between Seattle Foundation and King County, seeks to fund community-engaged or community-led 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 low-income communities and communities of color in King County. These are one-time grants to support engaging in or building capacity to inform, improve or guide implementation of specific systems and policies tied to COO results areas. Grantees will also be supported to participate in cohorts to help inform a shared COO Policy Agenda.

Applicants are able to apply for support in one of two categories:
1. Project level funding ($40K-$100K) and
2. Capacity level funding (up to $25K).
Partnerships between these groups can apply for up to a combined $200K.

In addition to the award amount, each grantee is provided an additional $15K in general operating support to participate in the Policy Agenda Cohorts.

Read more about the application process.

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.