- Applications will be judged on their benefits within Washington State ONLY.
- Only organizations which have expended all previous grant funds and filed timely and satisfactory reports on previous Northwest Fund standard grants will be eligible for consideration for a subsequent standard grant. Such reports must be received by the deadline stated in your grant agreement.
- All first time applicants may only apply for project support.
- Applicant nonprofit organizations should be classified as 501(c)(3) public charities by the Internal Revenue Service. We do not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations.
- We do not make grants intended to influence legislation or to support candidates for political office.
CRF Program Eligibility
All organizations that meet our general criteria are eligible for CRF grants
- Organizations that have completed a CRF grant may apply the following year for a standard grant or another CRF grant
- Organizations not selected for a grant may reapply in consecutive rounds
- Organizations that have current Standard grants may apply for a CRF on other work, separate from their current funding, as long as it meets CRF criteria. Or they may serve as a fiscal sponsor for another project.
- An organization may receive a maximum of three consecutive CRF Grants, and may not apply again for one calendar year.
Grant Duration & Amounts
- Standard grants – The duration of Northwest Fund grants is 16 months. The Foundation requires grantees to propose a scope of work lasting up to 16 months, complete the entire 16 month grant period, and submit afinal report prior to applying for a new standard grant. Standard grants are available in amounts from $3,000 – $20,000.
- Community Response Fund Grants – These grants are awarded on an annual basis for a period of up to one year. Community Response Fund Grants are available in amounts from $500 – $3,000.
We DO NOT fund the following:
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Debt reduction or loans to organizations
- Capital projects, such as building acquisition or construction, large equipment purchases or vehicle acquisition.
- Land acquisition
- Structural on the ground restoration, such as tree planting, culvert removal or invasive species removal. (We will consider funding policy, advocacy, and legal work related to restoration but not the work itself.)
- K-12 educational activities
- Organization of, scholarships for, or support of public conferences, as distinct from invited meetings or convening of groups engaged in related efforts
- Youth group support
- Production of videos for the general public
- Museum displays
- Art projects, including performances; visual art projects and arts education
- Partisan political activities
- Academic scholarships or fellowships
- Academic research
- University overhead costs
- Field research (except when an integral part, but only one component, of your application)