What size of grant do you make?

The Foundation has two levels of grants: Grants above $15,000 must go to a full board meeting. Most grants approved at board meetings fall in the range of $20,000 to $40,000. 

Small grants ($15,000 and less) and most of them fall in the $5,000 to $8,000 range.Since there is a limited amount each year for small grants we discourage organizations from applying for small grants at the higher levels.

How much can we ask for?

There is no set formula for how much a grant seeker should request. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Most grants going to the board of directors are in the range of $20,000 to $40,000.
  • Our small grants are mostly in the $5,000 to $8,000 range.
  • The Foundation rarely is a top level donor to a capital campaign.
  • The amounts the Foundation considers is guided by the geographic area. See the geography page for guidance on how much the Foundation gives in certain areas.

How long does it take to get a grant?

We hope to review and respond to proposal letters within four to six weeks. Those requests that we pursue will fall into one of two categories:

  • Small grant review and consideration may be done in a month to two months from the time a proposal letter arrives.
  • Larger grants must go to a board meeting; it is common for it to take from six to nine months from the time we receive a proposal letter to review at a board meeting.

What are your deadlines?

We accept and review proposal letters throughout the year. You should, however, consider the time frame discussed above.

Our organization isn't located in one of your giving areas; can we still apply?

We focus on what area your organization serves, its level of service, and whether there are local organizations that address similar needs. An organization located in Tacoma, for example, that focuses on international relief would not be eligible because its services are outside the Foundation's giving area.

How often can we apply for a grant?

The Foundation prefers at least a year or two between grants to organizations. This practice includes both small and large grants.

If a proposal letter is rejected, can I rewrite it and submit again?

The Foundation is unable to pursue every good request that it receives due to the fact that it receives more requests than it has resources. Rewriting a proposal letter seldom addresses the reason(s) that the letter was rejects. 

The Foundation reviews each letter with a believe that there may be a good opportunity to pursue. If there is a minor technical error or the writing is open to interpretation we give the organization the benefit of the doubt. Also, we will contact you if there are questions that may clarify your project.

If your proposal letter is rejected, we suggest writing again to us no sooner than six to nine months.