Current Grant Opportunities

Seattle Foundation offers discretionary grants for community organizations.

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These are targeted programs and multi-year community leadership initiatives that connect Seattle Foundation donors to effective nonprofit organizations, primarily focused in King County. Please email or call 206.515.2109 with any questions.

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

Current Opportunities

Communities of Opportunity Systems and Policy Change

Applications are due November 9, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Communities of Opportunity, a partnership between Seattle Foundation and King County, is accepting proposals from 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 will be provided an additional $15K in general operating support to participate in the Policy Agenda Cohorts. Grants will be distributed in fourth quarter 2017 and will support work through December 2018.

Read more about the application process.

Vibrant Democracy Initiative Partnership Mobilization Grants

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly.

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 on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly (at the end of February, May, August and December). Read more about the application process.

The Whitehorse Foundation

Letters of inquiry can be submitted on an ongoing basis to
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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. Each grant application to the Foundation is thoughtfully considered by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

There is a two-step application process. The first step in seeking support is to submit a concise two-page letter of inquiry describing your project and request. The second step is a formal application process for those requests that are determined to meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.

Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time and the board meets twice a year to consider funding requests.

We understand that worthwhile efforts may require several years of support to achieve their objectives. We will fund projects for several years, sometimes by approving multi-year grants to be paid in annual installments. However, annual funding renewal is always subject to review and approval by the Foundation board, based on progress reports and performance in the previous year.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations for project support or ongoing operating support. The Foundation is interested in programs in the early stages of development, which convey an achievable funding plan (demonstrating strong community commitment) or a compelling impact.

Other Grants

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 Medical Funds

Applications were due October 2, 2017.

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 must be sent via email AND postal mail (postmarked) on or before October 2, 2017. Please review the application instructions (pdf) closely before submitting an application.

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.

The Morgan Fund Puget Sound Initiative

Applications were due September 30, 2017.

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 to view full details or to complete the online application form.

Resilience Fund

Round 2 applications were due on September 29, 2017.

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 in partnership with King County, and support from Medina Foundation, Stolte Family Foundation and Emerald Fund, the Resilience Fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to community-based nonprofits. In 2017, there were two grant cycles, with deadlines of June 26 and September 29. King County’s funding will allow a minimum of $350,000 to be awarded to support immigrant and refugee led efforts. Read more about the application process.

Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Fund at Seattle Foundation

Applications were due August 15, 2017.

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 looking 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.

Benjamin N Phillips Memorial Fund

Application deadline for 2017 has passed.

Grants are awarded annually to a broad range of charitable organizations serving Clallam County, Washington. Grants are predominately made for one year, with no implied renewal funding. However, a two-year grant will be considered if a case is made for why funding is required for a longer period. An example of this exception is a planning or capacity-building process occurring over a two-year period of time.

Robert Chinn Foundation Grant Program

Application deadline for 2017 has passed.

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.

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 or call 206.515.2109.