How to Apply

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation makes grants in certain communities in Washington, Oregon, and the northernmost portion of California. 

Within those communities the Foundation will respond to a wide variety of projects. The Foundation's main goal is to support projects that help to improve the quality of life in those communities. 

The information on the following pages is intended to help you evaluate how the Foundation might respond to your request.

You can now apply online by uploading a pdf copy of your LOI at our online portal by clicking on this link:

Ben B. Cheney Foundation Online portal



Grant seekers should review the information on our giving areas before crafting a proposal letter.

To see more about those geographic areas, please go to the Where We Give page.


Type of grant

The Foundation focuses on project grants. This focus allows us to respond to a variety of one-time needs above and beyond an organization's annual operating budget. 

Please see more detail here about the types of grants


Every request to the Foundation begins with a proposal letter, whether from a new organization or a past grantee.

Go to the Application process page to see more about what happens after we receive your proposal letter.